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Game of Thrones star Sean Bean backs Jeremy Corbyn for standing up for the working- class

The Labour party now has the weight of House Stark behind it

By Valerie Edwards

Published 03/11/2015

Sean Bean playing Eddard Stark in the HBO production of Game of Thrones
Sean Bean playing Eddard Stark in the HBO production of Game of Thrones
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Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean has given his backing to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, for 'sticking up for the working-class man'.

Bean was speaking at a press conference about his new series, 'The Frankenstein Chronicles' in which he plays Inspector John Marlott in 19th century London, when he told reporters that he was an old Labour supporter.

He praised Corbyn as a leader who is “sticking up for the working-class man" and said "it’s time we heard that voice again”.

During the press conference he drew similarities between his new show and modern Britain: "There’s a lot about this story that resonates today. From the social issues to the cover-ups. It all sounds familiar and nothing’s changed."

He told reporters about his upbringing in Sheffield, which he called a firmly socialist city.

He said modern British cultural was ignoring working-class stories.

Bean added that American viewers have driven demand for a picture of Britain that was “rosy and upper-class” and “real stories about working people aren’t getting told”.

He also pointed out that his backing of Corbyn did not mean he supported a return to the widespread industrial conflict that marked much of UK politics in the 1980s.

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