Sorry to be the exception, but I can't stand him and think he's the same in everything he's in.
With respect, what have you seen him in? Admittedly, his Sheffield accent can ooze through a little whatever role he's playing, but I think the characters he plays are totally different. He can be thoroughly villainous (Patriot Games, Don't Say a Word), or a strong, decent leader (Sharpe, Game of Thrones), and as Lady Chattersley's lover....well, let's just say he was different again!
Another film I saw again recently which had him in was Troy.