The Lord of the Rings star wed Georgina Sutcliffe in February, 2008, but their union came under intense scrutiny just months into their marriage when an argument between the pair allegedly turned violent.
He was arrested by police but Sutcliffe later requested authorities drop the case.
Bean was keen to put the controversy behind him and revealed soon afterwards that the couple was trying for a baby.
More recently the actor announced the pair was working together on World War II adventure film Age of Heroes - but the movie plans have been thrown into doubt after it was revealed Sutcliffe has reportedly filed for divorce.
Britain's The Sun newspaper reports the actress filed papers at the High Court in the U.K. capital, citing irreconcilable differences.