Sean Bean has revealed he ventured out in drag to prepare for his new TV role as a transvestite.

The actor, 53, appears on-screen wearing a blonde wig and make-up next week in BBC One’s legal drama Accused, written by Jimmy McGovern.

Asked how he prepared for the role, Sean told the Radio Times magazine: “By walking round in high heels in the kitchen at home… and one night I went out… arm-in-arm with my middle daughter.”

The star said, of going out incognito in full gear: “I wanted to find out what it felt like, whether I’d be able to pull it off and have the bottle to function in that situation.

“I must have been pretty good, no pictures turned up in the press. Someone even complimented me on my shoes. I’ve still got four pairs of size-10 heels lying about my house. I forgot to give them back.”

The Sharpe star said that the role of schoolteacher Simon and his alter-ego Tracie was ‘the most demanding’ he had ever played, ‘partly because of the full body wax’.

Accused premieres on BBC One on Tuesday, August 14.