Michael Sheen

Actor
Michael Sheen was well known on London's dramatic stages for nearly a decade when his Broadway lead in "Amadeus" (1999) unleashed one of the U. K.'s best kept secrets on international audiences. The West End continued ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1969 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (54)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 (Movie)

White Rabbit (Voice)

Cinemaniacs 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Graham Norton Show 2009 - 2010, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Kill the Messenger 2014 (Movie)

Fred Weil (Actor)

Masters of Sex 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box 2014 (Movie)

Will Charity (Actor)

Admission 2013 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Jesus Henry Christ 2012 (Movie)

Slavkin O'Hara (Actor)

Beautiful Boy 2011 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Doctor Who 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Midnight in Paris 2011 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Resistance 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

30 Rock 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

White Rabbit (Voice)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Gear 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tron: Legacy 2010 (Movie)

Castor/Zuse (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Damned United 2009 (Movie)

Brian Clough (Actor)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 (Movie)

Aro (Actor)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 2009 (Movie)

Lucian (Actor)

Unthinkable 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

David Frost (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Music Within 2007 (Movie)

Art Honneyman (Actor)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

Simmons (Actor)

The Battle for Rome 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Queen 2006 (Movie)

Tony Blair (Actor)

Underworld: Evolution 2006 (Movie)

Lucian (Actor)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse 2005 (Movie)

Jeremy Dyson (Actor)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Miles (Actor)

Dead Long Enough 2004 (Movie)

Harry Jones (Actor)

Laws of Attraction 2004 (Movie)

Thorne Jamison (Actor)

The Deal 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Timeline 2003 (Movie)

Lord Oliver (Actor)

Underworld 2003 (Movie)

Lucian (Actor)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

Trench (Actor)

Beowulf 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Heartlands 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wilde 1998 (Movie)

Robert Ross (Actor)

Mary Reilly 1996 (Movie)

Bradshaw (Actor)

Othello 1995 (Movie)

Lodovico (Actor)

7 Days in Hell (TV Show)

Actor

Gallowglass (TV Show)

Actor

The Special Relationship (TV Show)

Actor

The Spoils Of Babylon (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Michael Sheen was well known on London's dramatic stages for nearly a decade when his Broadway lead in "Amadeus" (1999) unleashed one of the U. K.'s best kept secrets on international audiences. The West End continued to be his anchor, with acclaimed roles in "Look Back in Anger" and "Caligula," but Sheen grew increasingly more familiar to filmgoers with supporting roles in the gothic horror film series "Underworld" (2003) and the romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction" (2004). His collaborations with writer Peter Morgan were among his best-known, including his memorable portrayal of British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Morgan's "The Queen" (2006), and as political interviewer David Frost in "Frost/Nixon." The resounding success of the latter Morgan work led to a run on Broadway and a Hollywood film adaptation by Ron Howard (2008), both of which co-starred Sheen and Frank Langella. For the third time in his career, he played Tony Blair, this time in "The Special Relationship" (HBO, 2010), before co-starring with Jeff Bridges in "Tron: Legacy" (2010) and opposite Rachel McAdams in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" (2011) and starring in the American-made television drama "Masters of Sex" as controversial 1950s sex researcher Dr. William Masters. Whether he was appearing in historical dramas, big budget fantasies or small indies, Michael Sheen was an intense and passionate performer who was one of the few Welsh exports to make it big in America.

Relationships

Kate Beckinsale Actor

Companion
Met during the production of "The Seagull" (1995) Mother of his daughter Lily Relationship ended during the filming of "Underworld" (2003), in which they both starred, when Beckinsale left Sheen for the film's director Len Wiseman, whom she later married

Rachel McAdams Actor

Companion
Rumored to be dating as of October 2010 Split February 2013

Meyrick Sheen

Father
Successfully worked part-time as a professional Jack Nicholson look-alike

Irene Sheen

Mother

Lily Sheen

Daughter
Born Jan. 31, 1999; mother, Kate Beckinsale

Joanne Sheen

Sister
Younger

Caroline Sheen

Cousin
Appeared in the London stage productions of "Grease" and "Mamma Mia"

Sarah Silverman Actor

Girlfriend
Relationship became public February 2014.

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Received the Laurence Olivier Bursary

National Youth Theatre of Wales

Joined at age 16

Milestones

2014

Co-starred in 1990s-set journalism drama "Kill the Messenger."

2014

Co-starred opposite Kristen Wiig in IFC comedy series "The Spoils of Babylon," a deadpan parody of lavish 1980s miniseries.

2013

Cast opposite Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in "Admission," directed by Paul Weitz

2013

Starred as William Masters in Showtime drama "Masters of Sex."

2012

Returned in franchise's final film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2," also directed by Bill Condon

2011

Reprised the role of Aro in the Bill Condon directed "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1"

2011

Starred opposite Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris"

2010

Co-starred with Jeff Bridges in "Tron: Legacy," the sequel to the 1982 sci fi classic "Tron"

2010

Began the recurring role of exasperated Englishman Wesley, a love interest for Tina Fey's Liz Lemon, on NBC's "30 Rock."

2010

Played the White Rabbit in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"

2010

Portrayed former British prime minister Blair once again for HBO's "The Special Relationship"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

2009

Portrayed Brian Clough, the former manager of Leeds United in "The Damned United"; adapted by Peter Morgan from David Peace's novel

2009

Reprised role of Lucian for "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"

2009

Cast as the vampire Aro in the second installment of the "Twilight" film series "New Moon"

2008

Reprised the role of David Frost for Peter Morgan's film adaption of "Frost/Nixon"

2007

Co-starred with Ron Livingston in the drama "Music Within"

2007

Portrayed David Frost on Broadway in Peter Morgan's acclaimed drama "Frost/Nixon"

2006

Starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in Len Wiseman's "Underworld: Evolution"

2006

Co-starred in Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond"

2006

Portrayed Tony Blair in the critically acclaimed film "The Queen"

2004

Cast opposite Parker Posey, Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore in the romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction"

2001

Cast alongside Wes Bentley and Heath Ledger in the remake of "Four Feathers"

1999

Starred in a London revival of John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger"

1999

Made Broadway debut playing Mozart in revival of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus"

1998

Was subject of BBC Wales TV documentary "Bright Smoke"

1998

Cast as Mozart to David Suchet's Salieri in "Amadeus" at the Old Vic

1997

Portrayed Robert Ross, the lover of Oscar Wilde, in the biopic "Wilde"

1996

Cast in first feature film, "Mary Reilly" opposite John Malkovich and Julia Roberts

1996

Made second appearance in a Pinter play opposite Lindsay Duncan in "The Homecoming"

1995

First released film, playing Ludovico in Oliver Parker's adaptation of "Othello"

1995

Directed a production of "The Dresser" at the Drum Theatre in Plymouth; also acted in the lead role

1995

Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in the play "The Seagull"

1994

First played Jimmy Porter in "Look Back in Anger" at the Manchester Royal Exchange

1994

Played the title role in "Peer Gynt"; toured with production in Norway, Japan and England

1993

Featured opposite Ian Holm in Harold Pinter's "Moonlight"

1993

Joined the troupe Cheek By Jowl; acted in the production, "Don't Fool With Love"

1993

Appeared in the British drama "Gallowglass" (aired on PBS in 1995)

1991

London stage debut in Martin Sherman's "When She Danced" opposite Vanessa Redgrave

Bonus Trivia

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"The reason I haven't done more film is because nobody ever asks me. But I do love doing film. I don't really fancy doing telly that much. Everyone has to compromise on telly these days and there's such a factory mentality to it." – Sheen to The London Times, Oct. 17, 1998

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"He may feel uncomfortable being called the most exciting actor of his generation, but Michael Sheen deserves the title." – Simon Fanshawe to The London Times, July 11, 1999

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"My definition of a great actor is one who has the ability to dazzle the audience and make them walk out of the theatre saying 'That's a great actor,' but who resists the temptation. One who has the ability to make a great performance but who makes everything instead about the character and the story, rather than themselves." – Sheen quoted in The London Times, July 11, 1999

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"As an actor I think you're always going to ride a fine line between doing something because you believe it's the right thing to do, and guessing what the public wants to see." – Sheen to actress Emily Mortimer in Interview magazine, July 2007

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"I came from the working class. I never felt my pedigree was anything like the people I found around me in London." – Sheen quoted in Los Angeles magazine, December 2008

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Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.

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"[There are] scenes where we are having sex [yet] the whole idea is that it's separate of emotion and attraction and all of those things, it's just scientific — of course it can't be, it's impossible for it to be like that. So you have these two people [Masters and Johnson], or certainly this one person, Bill Masters, who is leading the experiment and trying not to show any emotion and that is a very peculiar thing to play as an actor. To be doing something that is usually, in a story, the most intimate thing, where you see desire, you see lust, you see attraction, you see all of those things ... you lose yourself in it. And here's a scene where we're not even supposed to look at each other particularly as it's happening and I'm supposed to say "orgasm" as I orgasm ... and that is a very peculiar thing to act, but it's sort of brilliant." -- NPR's "Fresh AIr," December 11, 2013

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