FIRST LOOK: Sean Bean becomes a priest in new Jimmy McGovern BBC drama

First pic of Sean Bean in new BBC drama Broken

Here’s the first sneak peek of Sean Bean in his new role in which he plays a Catholic priest.

The Game of Thrones and Sharpe actor is to star in a new BBC drama written by Jimmy McGovern, creator of Accused and Banished, and will play Father Michael Kerrigan, who’s looking after a  Liverpool parish.

Described as “modern, maverick and reassuringly flawed”, Father Michael is a confidante and counsellor  to a congregation struggling to reconcile its beliefs with the trials and tribulations of daily life.

“I was very excited at the prospect of working with Jimmy McGovern again,” said Bean who last worked with McGovern on 2012 BBC series Accused playing a transvestite English teacher.

The powerful  six part series, also stars  Marcella actress Anna Friel as hard-up mum of three, Christina Fitzsimmons,  who works at the local betting shop and is pushed to the brink as she struggles to make ends meet.

Speaking about her role, Anna, who starred in Jimmy McGovern’s hit series The Street said,  “When the chance came up to work on Broken I jumped at it. Sean is a great actor, it’s a typically brave and truthful script from Jimmy and I’m back up North. It’s an important subject and a unique character. I can’t wait.”

Meanwhile, Luther actor Idris Elba will also be returning to our screens in a new BBC three drama five by five. Made up from five standalone films, each episode features different characters  who face chance encounters that make them question identity and perceptions.

Idris said,  “I have spent time with these five talented writers and observed their storylining process. The scripts are uplifting and incredible, and with this group of young actors now attached to star, BBC Three viewers are in for an absolute blast. I couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved.”

Broken and five by five will both air later this year.