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Broken viewers call for Bafta for Sean Bean drama

Broken viewers have called for Sean Bean to be given a Bafta for his portrayal of a troubled Catholic priest in the TV drama.

Bean starred opposite Anna Friel in Jimmy McGovern’s powerful BBC series about a priest who was abused as a child and is now trying to help a poor northern community.

One viewer wrote on Twitter: ‘Seriously, just give the BAFTA to Sean Bean NOW… Boy, he has been magnificent in this,’ while another said: ‘Sean Bean has been immense in #Broken. Every week he has delivered an acting masterclass that’s been compelling to watch. Worthy of awards.’

Another added: ‘Every member of the cast and crew deserves an award for their work in this drama. This drama must get a Bafta.’ while one more said: ‘#Broken best drama this year. If Sean Bean doesn’t get a BAFTA there’s no justice in the world.’

Yet another said: ‘A BAFTA is definitely heading Sean Bean’s way, his acting in #Broken has been outstanding, there’s SO much emotion in his performance.’

Bean’s co-star Friel heaped praise on the show, writing: ‘Just watched last episode of #BROKEN. Jimmy, Sean, Mark, Ashley and Joel, everybody. Made me cry from beginning to end. Your talents amaze!’

Bean will next be seen starring opposite Ruth Wilson in Clio Barnard’s new film Dark River.

Picture: Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan in Broken. (BBC/Tony Blake).