British actor Sean Bean has won an International Emmy for his work portraying a transvestite character in the BBC One drama series Accused.

The 54-year-old played a shy English a teacher with a transvestite alter ego named Tracie whose search for love leads to a “terrible crime of passion.”

In his acceptance speech at the New York Gala, Bean said: “I’m so, so happy. I’d just like to thank my dad. Thank you. I’m absolutely delighted.”

The first series of Accused received the International Emmy for best drama in 2011 and also saw Christopher Eccleston named best actor.

Previously promoting the show, Bean said: “I think this cracking script really delivers a powerful, emotional drama for the audience.”

He added: “I prepared by walking round in high heels in the kitchen at home and one night I went out in the full gear and arm-in-arm with my middle daughter.

“I wanted to find out what it felt like, whether I’d be able to pull it off and have the bottle to function in that situation.”