Sean Bean settles into his new role as a lady as he dons knee-high boots

Looking Sharpe! Sean Bean settles into his new role as a lady as he dons knee-high boots

We're used to seeing him taking on hard men action roles in fighting scenes.

So it was a big shock to see Sharpe's Sean Bean donning a blonde wig and dress for his new BBC drama earlier this month.

But now it seems the actor is fully embracing his transsexual character as he steps out again in knee-high boots and a fur-trimmed coat.

Showing off his feminine side: Actor Sean Bean is embracing his role as a transsexual for new BBC court room drama The accused

Showing off his feminine side: Actor Sean Bean is embracing his role as a transsexual for new BBC court room drama The Accused

The 52-year-old is playing the part for new court room drama The Accused.

He plays an English teacher called Simon and his alter ego, Tracie, whose quest for love leads to the courtroom.

Last week he was seen with a huge grin on his face as he was spotted in full make-up, a glamorous electric blue mini-dress adorned with sequins, glittery tights, and a faux fur coat.

Sean seemed to be enjoying a departure from his normal macho roles and embracing his feminine side.

But it appears the tight clothing and cosmetics may be starting to get to him.

The star was seen strutting along St Ann's Square in Manchester earlier this week as he continues to shoot scenes for the series.

Taking its toll: But the macho star doesn't seem to be enjoying his girly get-up as much since filming began

Taking its toll: But the macho star doesn't seem to be enjoying his girly get-up as much since filming began

Wearing a cream coat with a fur collar, Sean looked ever the lady in animal print tights and black leather boots.

And he of course stepped out in feminine accessories with a black clutch bag and the obligatory blonde wig.

But one thing was missing from his get-up – the wide grin he had on his face when filming started.

Usual get-up: Sean Bean normally looks dapper in his male clothing

Usual get-up: Sean Bean normally looks dapper in his male clothing

Sean looked positively grumpy and worn out in the wintery weather.

He was snapped on a break with a large umbrella over him shielding the star from the drizzle.

And he also opted to warm up by placing his manly coat over the top of his chic feminine one.

In another close-up shot, the star can be seen lathered with even more glamorous accessories.

He even wears gold hooped earrings and a large coral necklace to convincingly take on the role.

The new four part series, which examines the British justice system, will air on BBC1 later this year.

The first series of the legal drama,
written by Cracker creator Jimmy McGovern, starred Peter Capaldi,
Christopher Eccleston and Mackenzie Crook.

Bean
said: 'I've wanted to work on a Jimmy McGovern drama for a while and I
think this cracking script really delivers a powerful, emotional drama
for the audience.'

Ben Stephenson, controller of drama at the BBC, said Bean would feature in the third episode of the four-part series.

He
told members of the Broadcasting Press Guild: 'He's playing a
transsexual, a brilliant story, untold I think on mainstream
television.'

Other names lined up for the new series include Anna Maxwell Martin, Stephen Graham and comic John Bishop.

It has been 19 years since Bean first became famous playing Colonel Richard Sharpe in ITV Napoleonic drama Sharpe.

Fed up: Sean looked worn out and grumpy after a hard day's filming in his knee-high boots and blonde wig

Fed up: Sean looked worn out and grumpy after a hard day's filming in his knee-high boots and blonde wig