In this TV historical action film, directed by Tom Clegg, based on the books by Bernard Cornwell, Bean plays Richard Sharpe, an English soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. Sharpe and Harper (Daragh O’Malley) are enroute to Madras when they encounter a train from the East India Company traveling through hostile territory. A legendary bandit leader strikes fear in the members of the party. Co-starring Michael Cochraine, Velibor Topic, and Raza Jaffrey.
My intention was that he was portrayed with meaning and thoughtfulness, and a sense of melancholy about the character. A man who wasn’t as rash, bold or ambitious as he was before, rather, that he is a man who has found himself in these dangerous situations. I hope that it will be received as such.