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Game of Throne’s Sean Bean pays homage to his late grandfather in the BBC First drama World On Fire

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‘My dad didn’t see him for many years’: Game of Thrones star Sean Bean pays homage to his late grandfather in the new BBC series World On Fire

He’s best known for playing Ned Stark in HBO’s medieval fantasy phenomenon, Game Of Thrones.

And on Sunday, British actor Sean Bean opened up about paying homage to his late grandfather in the new BBC First wartime series World On Fire. 

Speaking to News Corp, the 60-year-old said he drew on his grandfather’s pain from World War II for his character, who has just returned from the war with shell shock.

Next act! British actor Sean Bean (pictrued) has opened up about paying homage to his late grandfather in the new BBC First wartime series World On Fire

Next act! British actor Sean Bean (pictrued) has opened up about paying homage to his late grandfather in the new BBC First wartime series World On Fire

‘My dad didn’t see him for many years. He (my grandfather) was a bit shaken by it. He had trouble re-adapting, coming back to civil life,’ Sean said.

While his grandfather fortunately managed to overcome his trauma, he said many others were similarly affected by their transition back into society following the war. 

The drama, which tells the story of World War II through the lives of everyday people, gives a voice to those who were caught in the most difficult of circumstances. 

Family ties! Sean (pictured) said he drew on his grandfather's pain from World War II for his character, who has just returned from the war with shell shock

Family ties! Sean (pictured) said he drew on his grandfather’s pain from World War II for his character, who has just returned from the war with shell shock

Sean plays Douglas Bennett, a pacifist working class man in Manchester, who is suffering from post-traumatic stress and the effects of exposure to mustard gas.

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The actor explained how immersing himself in the painful stories of post traumatic stress disorder was uncomfortable but necessary when researching his character. 

‘It wasn’t enjoyable dredging those memories up and feeling those thoughts but that’s something you have to do to do it justice,’ he said. 

Difficult task! Sean (pictured) explained how immersing himself in the painful stories of post traumatic stress disorder was uncomfortable but necessary when researching his character

Difficult task! Sean (pictured) explained how immersing himself in the painful stories of post traumatic stress disorder was uncomfortable but necessary when researching his character

The seven-part drama, which also features Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt, follows its characters across several European countries.

Sean said the idea that people ‘meet from different places and are thrown together’ is a recurring theme throughout the series.

‘It tells tales of friendship and love, and love affairs, brutality, and it’s very intimate, it’s not a retelling of the facts of the war,’ he said. 

Role playing! Sean (pictured) famously lost his head as Ned Stark in HBO's medieval fantasy phenomenon, Game Of Thrones

Role playing! Sean (pictured) famously lost his head as Ned Stark in HBO’s medieval fantasy phenomenon, Game Of Thrones

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