Michael Sheen

 

Date Of Birth

5 February 1969
 

Biography

Michael Sheen is a critically acclaimed Welsh actor best known for his starring roles in the Stephen Frears films The Deal and The Queen.

The son of Irene and Meyrick Sheen, Michael Sheen was born on February 5, 1969 in Newport, Monmouthshire.  Together with his younger sister, Joanne, Martin Sheen grew up in Port Talbot.  He attended Glan Afan, where he was an active member of the National Youth Theater of Wales.  He also trained in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Sheen made fame for himself as stage actor after his outstanding portrayal of Mozart in the Peter Shaffers play Amadeus held at the Old Vic Theater.

He made his debut in television when he appeared in the BBC drama series Gallowglass.  This was then followed by his guest roles in Wilde and Mary Reilly.  Although he is already making a name as a screen actor, Sheen has still continued his acting on stage.  He starred in the top caliber productions Henry V, Peer Gynt, The Dresser, Caligula and Look Back in Angel.

In 2003, he co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in the gothic-horror film Underworld, as the Lycans leader, Lucian.  That same year, Sheen further rose to fame when he portrayed Tony Blair in the made for television movie The Deal directed by Stephen Frears.  He later reprised this role in 2006, in the drama The Queen.  His role in the film earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Film.  He also starred in BBC Four’s television play Fantabulosa! as the comic actor Kenneth Williams.  His impressive portrayal of the Kenneth character earned him another BAFTA nomination this time, for Best Television Actor.  He then followed this with his portrayal of Emperor Nero in BBC’s Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.

Michael Sheen’s other television and film appearances include those in Frost/Nixon and The Damned Utd. Later that year, he was cast as the vampire Aro in the second installment of the Twilight film series, New Moon. His next project became Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in 2010, followed by appearances on the British independent film My Last Five Girlfriends and the American thriller Unthinkable. He has also been cast on Tron Legacy, as well as on the NBC series 30 Rock.

He has a daughter, Lily Mo Sheen, born January, 1999 with his former long time girlfriend Kate Beckinsale. Lily lives with her mother.

In 2013, Sheen joined the cast of the Showtime series Masters of Sex.
 

Place of Birth

Newport, Gwent, Wales, UK
 

Birth Name

Michael Christopher Sheen
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

His voice can be heard on several of the Naxos Audiobooks.

Played Jimmy Porter in a 1995 revival of "Look Back in Anger" by John Osborne (Gregory Hersov - director) at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.

Played Konstantin in a 1995 revival of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" (Robert Sturua - director) with the Thelma Holt Theatre Company on a UK tour.

Appeared as Lenny in a 1996 revival of "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter (Roger Mitchell - director) at the Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre.

Appeared as Peer Gynt in a 1994 revival of Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" (adaptation by Frank McGuiness, Yukio Ninagawa - director) for the National Theatre Endemble at the Barbican Theatre, London and in Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan.

Appeared as Romeo in a 1992 revival of Williams Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" (Gregory Herson - director) at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre followed by a UK Tour.

Appeared as Alexandros Eliopolos in Sherman's 1991 play "When She Danced" which starred with Vanessa Redgrave (Robert Ackerman - director) at the Globe Theatre, London.

As a member of the theatre company Check By Jowl, his credits include: "Don't Fool With Love" (Declan Donellan, 1993), Fred in "Moonlight" (a new play by Harold Pinter, David Leveaux - director at the Almeida Theatre, London). Sheen was nominated for Sunday Times Royal National Theatre Ian Charleston Award for his performance.

In 1997, together with Helen McCrory he created Foundry, a new writing company.

As one of the founders of Thin Language, a theatre company for Wales, he appeared in and/or directed the 1997 theatrical productions of "Badfinger" (by Simon Harris) at the Donmar Warehouse, London and in "Wales" and "Forever Yours Mary Lou" by Trembly-Author (Welsh adaptation Sian Evans) in Swansea, Cardiff and London.

Appeared as Henry V in a 1997 production of "Henry V" by William Shakespeare (Ron Daniels - director) with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford, at the Barbican, London and on UK tour. He was a finalist for the 1997 Royal National Theatre-Sunday Times Ian Charleston Award for his performance.

Appeared as Caligula in a 2003 production of "Caligula" by Albert Camus (translation by David Greig, Michael Grandage - director) at the Donmar Warehouse, London. He was awarded the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor, The Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award (2003 season) for Best Actor for his performance.

Appeared as Jimmy Porter in a 1999 revival of "Look Back In Anger" by John Osborne (Gregory Hersov - director) at the Lyttelton Theatre, London. He was nominated in 2000 for the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Actor and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Appeared as W.A. Mozart in a revival of "Amadeus" by Peter Shaffer (Peter Hall - director) at the Old Vic, London (1998), and in New York (2000) and Los Angeles. He was nominated for the Outstanding Actor in a Play - Outer Critics Circle Award, and for the Laurence Olivier for Best Supporting Performance in a Play for his performance.

Appeared as Norman in a 1995 revival of "The Dresser" by Ron Harwood - Drum Theatre, Plymouth/ Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre) in 1999.

Appeared in a 1994 production of "Le Livre de Spencer" by 'Z?no Bianu-Author' (Lluis Pasqual - director) at the Od?on-Th??tre de l'Europe in Paris, France.

Played Daniel in the 1996 premiere of "The Ends of the Earth" by David Lan (Andrei Serban - director) at the Royal National Theatre.

Appeared as Lord Fancourt Babberley in a 1994-95 revival of "Charley's Aunt" by Brandon Thomas (Emil Wolk - director) with Ian Puleston-Davies who would go on to write Dirty Filthy Love (2004) (TV) which Sheen starred in.

Played Martin Remington Gammon in the 2005 premiere of "The U.N. Inspector" (a new adaptation of Gogol's "The Government Inspector") at the National Theatre in London.

Played David Frost in "Frost/Nixon", a new play by Peter Morgan Donmar Warehouse/ Gielgud Theatre, London (2006)/ Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, NYC (2007).

(1993) He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "Moonlight," at the Almeida and Comedy Theatres in London, England with Anna Massey CBE, Douglas Hodge, Sir Ian Holm CBE, directed by Harold Pinter CBE.
 

Awards

Awarded the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor, The Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award (2003 season) for Best Actor for his performance.

BAFTA Awards Year 2007
Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role for: The Queen (2006)

BAFTA TV Award Best Actor
for: Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006) (TV)


Nominated BAFTA TV Award Best Actor
for: Dirty Filthy Love (2004) (TV)


British Independent Film Awards Year 2008 Won Entertainment Personality Award

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Year
2006
Nominated CFCA Award Best Supporting Actor
for: The Queen (2006)


Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Year 2007
Won KCFCC Award Best Supporting Actor
for: The Queen (2006)


London Critics Circle Film Awards Year 2009 Nominated ALFS Award British Actor of the Year
for: Frost/Nixon (2008)


Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Year 2006
Won LAFCA Award Best Supporting Actor
for: The Queen (2006)


Royal Television Society, UK Year 2007
Won RTS Television Award Best Actor - Male
for: Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006) (TV)


2005 Nominated RTS Television Award Best Actor - Male
for: Dirty Filthy Love (2004) (TV)


Screen Actors Guild Awards Year 2009 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
for: Frost/Nixon (2008)
Shared with:
Kevin Bacon
Rebecca Hall
Toby Jones
Frank Langella
Matthew Macfadyen
Oliver Platt
Sam Rockwell

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
Year 2006
Won TFCA Award Best Supporting Performance, Male
for: The Queen (2006)
 

Filmography

2013: Masters of Sex
2012: Jesus Henry Christ
2011: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
2011: Doctor Who
2011: Midnight in Paris
2010: TRON: Legacy - Castor
2010: Beautiful Boy - Bill Carroll
2010: The Special Relationship (TV movie) - Tony Blair
2010: 30 Rock (TV series) - Wesley
2010: Alice in Wonderland - White Rabbit (voice)
2010: Unthinkable - Steven Arthur Younger
2009: A Child's Christmases in Wales (TV movie) - Narrator (voice)
2009: New Moon - Aro Volturi
2009: My Last Five Girlfriends - Burnam
2009: The Damned United - Brian Clough
2009: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - Lucian
2008: Frost/Nixon - David Frost
2007: Music Within - Art
2006: Blood Diamond - Rupert Simmons
2006: The Battle for Rome (TV mini-series) - Nero
2006: HG Wells: War with the World (TV movie) - H.G. Wells
2006: Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (TV series) - Emperor "Nero" Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
2006: The Queen - Tony Blair
2006: Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (TV movie) - Kenneth Williams
2006: Underworld: Evolution - Lucian
2005: The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse - Jeremy
2005: Kingdom of Heaven - Priest
2005: Dead Long Enough - Harry Jones
2004: Dirty Filthy Love (TV movie) - Mark Furness
2004: Laws of Attraction - Thorne Jamison
2003: Timeline - Lord Oliver
2003: The Deal (TV movie) - Tony Blair
2003: Underworld - Lucian
2003: Bright Young Things - Miles
2002: The Four Feathers - William Trench
2002: Heartlands - Colin
1999: Doomwatch: Winter Angel (TV movie) - Angel (voice)
1997: Wilde - Robbie Ross
1996: Mary Reilly - Bradshaw
1995: Othello - Lodovico
1993: Maigret (TV series) - Philippe
1993: Gallowglass (TV series) - Joe
 

Height

5' 9" (1.75 m)
 

Quotes

"It's interesting that in searching for monsters to play you often end up playing leaders."