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Michael Sheen is a famous Welsh actor

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BirthdayFebruary 5, 1969
NationalityBritish
FamousRoyal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Voice Actors
SpousesKate Beckinsale
SiblingsJoanne Sheen
Known asMichael, Christopher
Childrens Lily Mo Sheen
Universities
  • Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Notable Alumnis
  • Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art
Birth PlaceNewport
Height175cm
GenderMale
FatherMeyrick Sheen
MotherIrene Sheen
Sun SignAquarius
Born inNewport
Famous asActor
Socials

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Who is Michael Sheen?

Michael Christopher Sheen is a famous Welsh actor renowned for his works in both stage productions and films. During the early years of his career, he worked mainly in theatres as he felt "slightly more at home" on the stage than on film sets. He is well known for his brilliant performances in plays like ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Don't Fool With Love’, ‘Peer Gynt’, ‘The Seagull’, ‘The Homecoming’, and ‘Henry V’. For one year, he played the title role in Hamlet. Theatre critic Michael Coveney described him as "the most exciting actor of his generation...a volatile, electrifying and technically fearless performer". He was nominated for Olivier Awards for his performances in ‘Amadeus’, ‘Caligula’, ‘Look Back in Anger’, and ‘Frost/Nixon’. Director Sam Mendes has described him as "a stage creature", and attributed it to his Welsh roots. He become well known as a screen actor from 2000, and did a number of biopics. He played British politician Tony Blair in the television film ‘The Deal’, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Emmy. He was also nominated for a BAFTA for his performance in ‘Fantabulosa!’ Besides acting, he directed the play ‘The Passion’, and co-founded the Thin Language Theatre Company. He also formed ‘The Foundry’, a production company to promote the work of emerging playwrights.

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Childhood & Early Life

Michael Sheen was born on February 5, 1969 in Newport, Wales, to Irene Thomas and Meyrick. His mother was a secretary and father, a British Steel Corporation manager. He has a younger sister called Joanne. When he was five, the family moved to Wallasey, and after three years, moved to Port Talbot, and settled there.

He attended Blaenbaglan Primary School and Glan Afan Comprehensive School. At Neath Port Talbot College, he studied English, sociology and drama.

He was a good footballer, and was offered a place on Arsenal's youth team when he was 12. He could not accept the offer as his family refused to relocate to London. He soon lost interest in playing football.

He inherited his acting talent from his parents, who were both involved in local amateur operas and musicals. His father also worked as a part-time professional Jack Nicholson look-alike.

During his teenage, he started performing with West Glamorgan Youth Theatre and National Youth Theatre of Wales. These youth theatres taught him about acting, as well as work ethics.

In 1988, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He worked in a fast food restaurant to earn money to fund his studies. In his second year at RADA, The Society of London Theatre granted the Laurence Olivier Bursary to him. In 1991, he graduated with a BA in Acting.

Career

Michael Sheen mainly worked in theatres during the initial years of his career. In 1991, while he was still in his final year at RADA, he performed his first professional role in ‘When She Danced’ at the Globe Theatre.

In 1992, he did the play ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and ‘Don't Fool With Love’ the following year. In 1993, he appeared in Harold Pinter's ‘Moonlight’, and also made his television debut in BBC mini-series ‘Gallowglass’.

In 1994, he bagged the title role in the play ‘Peer Gynt’. In the same year, he performed in ‘Le Livre de Spencer’ at a Paris theatre, and appeared in ‘Charley's Aunt’ at the Royal Exchange.

He acted in the play ‘The Seagull’ in 1995, and also directed and starred in ‘The Dresser’. The same year, he made his film debut in ‘Othello’ opposite Kenneth Branagh.

In 1996, he appeared in ‘The Ends of the Earth’. His most significant stage performance so far came in 1997 with the title role in ‘Henry V’. In the same year, he appeared in Harold Pinter's ‘The Homecoming’. In 1997, he also did the biographical film ‘Wilde’, where he played Robbie Ross.

In 1998, he co-founded a production company ‘The Foundry’, to promote the works of new playwrights, and produced ‘A Little World of Our Own’ at the Donmar Warehouse. From 1998 to 1999, he portrayed Mozart in ‘Amadeus’. In 1999, he played Jimmy Porter in ‘Look Back in Anger’.

From 2002, Michael Sheen began devoting more time to films. His portrayal of Colin in ‘Heartlands’ in 2002 was his first leading film role. In the same year, he did a minor role in ‘The Four Feathers’, an action-adventure film. In 2003, he appeared in ‘Bright Young Things’, in which he played a gay aristocrat.

He then portrayed the werewolf leader Lucian in ‘Underworld’, and played a brief role in the sci-fi film ‘Timeline’. In 2003, he did the title role in the play ‘Caligula’ at the Donmar Warehouse as well.

In 2004, he starred in ITV's ‘Dirty Filthy Love’, a comic film. He was internationally recognized in 2006 for his portrayal of Tony Blair in ‘The Queen’. The same year, he played the role of an unscrupulous diamond dealer in ‘Blood Diamond’, and starred as the comic actor Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's ‘Fantabulosa!’ He also starred in ‘Nero in Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire and ‘HG Wells: War with the World.’

From 2006 to 2007, he was featured in the play ‘Frost/Nixon’, as the television broadcaster David Frost. In the same year, he appeared in the film ‘Music Within’, as a political activist.

In 2008, he reprised the role of David Frost in the film ‘Frost/Nixon’. In 2009, he portrayed football manager Brian Clough in ‘The Damned United’. The same year, he also appeared in ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans’.

In 2010, he played a supporting role in the science fiction film ‘Tron: Legacy’. In the same year, he appeared as a terrorist in ‘Unthinkable’. He also performed in Peter Morgan's Blair trilogy, ‘The Special Relationship’.

In 2011, he served as the creative director, and also starred in the stage production ‘The Passion.’ Besides the professional cast, about 1000 local amateurs performed in the play!

Major Works

Michael Sheen’s performance as Tony Blair in the film ‘The Deal’ was highly appreciated. ‘The Daily Telegraph’ wrote it was his "earnest, yet steely, portrayal." ‘The Guardian’ said he was "excellent”. The film was nominated for an International Emmy for Best TV Movie/Miniseries.

His performance in ‘Fantabulosa!’ was stated as "mesmerizing" by ‘The Times.’ He was described by ‘Wall Street Journal’ as a "brilliant actor" in ‘Frost/Nixon’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1992, Michael Sheen’s role in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ earned him a MEN Theatre Award nomination. In 1993, he received a nomination for Ian Charleson Award for ‘Don't Fool With Love’.

In 1997, his performance in the play ‘Henry V’ earned him an Ian Charleson Award nomination. *In 1999, he was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance for ‘Amadeus’.

In 2003, his role in the play ‘Caligula’ earned him an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor.

In 2004, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Television Actor and a RTS Best Actor Award for ‘Dirty Filthy Love’.

In 2006, his portrayal of comic actor Kenneth Williams in the TV play ‘Fantabulosa!’ won him an RTS Award for Best Actor.

In 2007, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for the play ‘Frost/Nixon’. His role in the same won him the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2008.

In 2010, he received BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

Personal Life

From 1995 to 2003, Michael Sheen was in a relationship with actress Kate Beckinsale. Their daughter, Lily Mo Beckinsale-Sheen, was born in 1999.

He had a long-distance relationship with ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart from 2004 till 2010. He also once dated Canadian actress Rachel McAdams. In 2014, he dated American actress Sarah Silverman.

He is the honorary President of Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and the ambassador for TREAT Trust Wales. He is also the ambassador of Keep Wales Tidy. He is a patron of the charities Scene & Heard, Child's Voice Appeal, and Healing the Wounds.

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Michael Sheen biography timelines

  • // 5th Feb 1969
    Michael Sheen was born on February 5, 1969 in Newport, Wales, to Irene Thomas and Meyrick. His mother was a secretary and father, a British Steel Corporation manager. He has a younger sister called Joanne. When he was five, the family moved to Wallasey, and after three years, moved to Port Talbot, and settled there.
  • // 1988
    In 1988, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He worked in a fast food restaurant to earn money to fund his studies. In his second year at RADA, The Society of London Theatre granted the Laurence Olivier Bursary to him. In 1991, he graduated with a BA in Acting.
  • // 1991
    Michael Sheen mainly worked in theatres during the initial years of his career. In 1991, while he was still in his final year at RADA, he performed his first professional role in ‘When She Danced’ at the Globe Theatre.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he did the play ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and ‘Don't Fool With Love’ the following year. In 1993, he appeared in Harold Pinter's ‘Moonlight’, and also made his television debut in BBC mini-series ‘Gallowglass’.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, Michael Sheen’s role in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ earned him a MEN Theatre Award nomination. In 1993, he received a nomination for Ian Charleson Award for ‘Don't Fool With Love’.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he bagged the title role in the play ‘Peer Gynt’. In the same year, he performed in ‘Le Livre de Spencer’ at a Paris theatre, and appeared in ‘Charley's Aunt’ at the Royal Exchange.
  • // 1995
    From 1995 to 2003, Michael Sheen was in a relationship with actress Kate Beckinsale. Their daughter, Lily Mo Beckinsale-Sheen, was born in 1999.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he appeared in ‘The Ends of the Earth’. His most significant stage performance so far came in 1997 with the title role in ‘Henry V’. In the same year, he appeared in Harold Pinter's ‘The Homecoming’. In 1997, he also did the biographical film ‘Wilde’, where he played Robbie Ross.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, his performance in the play ‘Henry V’ earned him an Ian Charleson Award nomination. *In 1999, he was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance for ‘Amadeus’.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he co-founded a production company ‘The Foundry’, to promote the works of new playwrights, and produced ‘A Little World of Our Own’ at the Donmar Warehouse. From 1998 to 1999, he portrayed Mozart in ‘Amadeus’. In 1999, he played Jimmy Porter in ‘Look Back in Anger’.
  • // 2002
    From 2002, Michael Sheen began devoting more time to films. His portrayal of Colin in ‘Heartlands’ in 2002 was his first leading film role. In the same year, he did a minor role in ‘The Four Feathers’, an action-adventure film. In 2003, he appeared in ‘Bright Young Things’, in which he played a gay aristocrat.
  • // 2003
    He then portrayed the werewolf leader Lucian in ‘Underworld’, and played a brief role in the sci-fi film ‘Timeline’. In 2003, he did the title role in the play ‘Caligula’ at the Donmar Warehouse as well.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, his role in the play ‘Caligula’ earned him an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he starred in ITV's ‘Dirty Filthy Love’, a comic film. He was internationally recognized in 2006 for his portrayal of Tony Blair in ‘The Queen’. The same year, he played the role of an unscrupulous diamond dealer in ‘Blood Diamond’, and starred as the comic actor Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's ‘Fantabulosa!’ He also starred in ‘Nero in Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire and ‘HG Wells: War with the World.’
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Television Actor and a RTS Best Actor Award for ‘Dirty Filthy Love’.
  • // 2004
    He had a long-distance relationship with ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart from 2004 till 2010. He also once dated Canadian actress Rachel McAdams. In 2014, he dated American actress Sarah Silverman.
  • // 2006
    From 2006 to 2007, he was featured in the play ‘Frost/Nixon’, as the television broadcaster David Frost. In the same year, he appeared in the film ‘Music Within’, as a political activist.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, his portrayal of comic actor Kenneth Williams in the TV play ‘Fantabulosa!’ won him an RTS Award for Best Actor.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for the play ‘Frost/Nixon’. His role in the same won him the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2008.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he reprised the role of David Frost in the film ‘Frost/Nixon’. In 2009, he portrayed football manager Brian Clough in ‘The Damned United’. The same year, he also appeared in ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans’.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he played a supporting role in the science fiction film ‘Tron: Legacy’. In the same year, he appeared as a terrorist in ‘Unthinkable’. He also performed in Peter Morgan's Blair trilogy, ‘The Special Relationship’.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he received BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he served as the creative director, and also starred in the stage production ‘The Passion.’ Besides the professional cast, about 1000 local amateurs performed in the play!

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Michael Sheen's FAQ

  • What is Michael Sheen birthday?

    Michael Sheen was born at 1969-02-05

  • Where is Michael Sheen's birth place?

    Michael Sheen was born in Newport

  • What is Michael Sheen nationalities?

    Michael Sheen's nationalities is British

  • Who is Michael Sheen spouses?

    Michael Sheen's spouses is Kate Beckinsale

  • Who is Michael Sheen siblings?

    Michael Sheen's siblings is Joanne Sheen

  • Who is Michael Sheen childrens?

    Michael Sheen's childrens is Lily Mo Sheen

  • What was Michael Sheen universities?

    Michael Sheen studied at Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

  • What was Michael Sheen notable alumnis?

    Michael Sheen's notable alumnis is Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art

  • How tall is Michael Sheen?

    Michael Sheen's height is 175

  • Who is Michael Sheen's father?

    Michael Sheen's father is Meyrick Sheen

  • Who is Michael Sheen's mother?

    Michael Sheen's mother is Irene Sheen

  • What is Michael Sheen's sun sign?

    Michael Sheen is Aquarius

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    Michael Sheen is famouse as Actor

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