Sean Bean is an actor who’s used to, in his own words, playing characters who cause trouble and are then killed off

But which one of those characters would the actor – who’s set to play a parish priest in Jimmy McGovern’s new drama, Broken – like to resurrect, given the power? 

“I suppose Game of Thrones would be all right,” Bean told RadioTimes.com and other press gathered for a chat about his latest BBC drama. Well he would, wouldn't he?

His character, Ned Stark, was of course famously beheaded at the behest of his then son-in-law to be, Joffrey (Jack Gleason), at the end of Game of Thrones series one, but that hasn’t stopped fans hoping the creators of the fantasy drama will find a way to bring him back – especially given the fact he basically played a Ned Stark-Boromir hybrid in E4's Wasted just last year.

One does not simply resurrect Ned Stark, though. If fans want him back they’ll have to convince the powers that be to give Ned another chance on screen, according to Bean: “Tell them!” he laughed.

We expect to see a deluge of ravens descending on Game of Thrones HQ as every Ned Stark fan sends a very swift message about possible resurrection and flashback scenarios for the actor to take on.

Ned isn’t the only character Bean would love to play again. “There’s quite a lot of them” he added, “all of them! Who likes to die?”

Fans will be relieved to hear he won’t be kicking the bucket on screen again any time soon, though. Bean confirmed that his character, Father Michael, won’t be meeting his maker in McGovern’s new series. “I’m still alive [at the end of the series]. I’ve stayed alive quite a lot the last few years,” the actor chuckled. “It’s quite refreshing.”

Broken sees Bean play a very different role to the ones we’ve become accustomed to watching him take on. The action man is forced to tone things down as he becomes a listening ear and a helping hand for his often poverty-stricken parishioners, who are prone to making very bad decisions in times of sheer desperation.

“It’s a bit more real life,” he said of the series, which he believes is a story that's necessary to tell because it “deals with the vast majority of the people in the country at this moment in time.”

“It’s important, because it’s happening. It’s happening everywhere.”

Broken airs on Tuesday 23rd May at 9pm on BBC1