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Actor Bean splits from fourth wife

Actor Sean Bean has separated from his fourth wife, his lawyers said.

The 51-year-old Lord of the Rings star married Georgina Sutcliffe two years ago at London's Marylebone Register Office.

The couple had originally intended to tie the knot a month earlier but cancelled 24 hours before the big day, citing "personal reasons".

In a statement, Graham Atkins, of Atkins Thomson Solicitors, said: "Sean Bean and Georgina Sutcliffe have separated after two years of marriage.

"Neither intends to comment further.

"They hope that their privacy will be respected at this difficult time."

Sheffield-born Bean, who starred in the Sharpe TV series, wed his teenage sweetheart, Debra, at 21.

That was followed by marriages to Bread actress Melanie Hill and Sharpe co-star Abigail Cruttenden.