Michael Sheen
British actor
Michael Sheen
Michael Christopher Sheen, OBE, is a Welsh stage and screen actor. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Sheen made his professional debut in 1991, starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in When She Danced at the Globe Theatre. He worked mainly in theatre throughout the 1990s and made notable stage appearances in Romeo and Juliet (1992), Don’t Fool With Love (1993), Peer Gynt (1994), The Seagull (1995), The Homecoming (1997) and Henry V (1997).
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'Passengers' Stars Pratt, Lawrence Grill Real NASA Researcher (Video)
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Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Sheen talked with Tiffany Kataria, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who studies the atmospheres of planets around other stars, during a press junket for the new flick.
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Film Clip: 'Passengers'
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Watch a film clip from "Passengers," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, and Michael Sheen. Photo: Sony Pictures
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Actor Michael Sheen to focus more on political activism - BBC News
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Telegraph.co.uk Actor Michael Sheen to focus more on political activism BBC News Welsh actor Michael Sheen has dismissed newspaper claims he is quitting Hollywood to become a politician. The Bafta-nominated star plans to focus more on political activism in his home town of Port Talbot. But he clarified reports by the Times Magazine ... Michael Sheen Clarifies Quitting Acting & Political Career CommentsJust Jared Michael Sheen Leaving Hollywood to Fight Rise of PopulismBreitbart News Michael Sheen Says He's Not Quitting, Disputes U.K. News ReportDeadline ABC News -Entertainment Weekly -Business Insider -TIME all 100 news articles »
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Michael Sheen Considers Acting Less As A Response To Donald Trump (UPDATED)
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Days before his new film “Passengers” is sure to make a killing at the box office, actor Michael Sheen has announced he will become a political activist ― and may begin acting less. Sheen, who is well-known for his breakthrough performance as Tony Blair in a trio of films about the former British prime minister, revealed his decision in an interview with The Times of London on Saturday. The “Frost/Nixon” actor has been active in politics throughout his career, but apparently the rise of far-right populism in both the United States and the United Kingdom inspired him to fully commit to fight against “demagogues” and “fascists.” He cited Donald Trump’s presidential victory and the results of the Brexit vote as some of the reasons for leaving Hollywood.  “In the same way as the Nazis had to be stopped in Germany in the ‘30s, this thing that is on the rise has to be stopped,” he told The Times. “It’s not going to look like this in 10 years’ time. Everything has shifted. The dice ...
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‘Passengers’ and ‘Collateral Beauty’ End 2016 With Interesting Ideas Gone Very, Very Wrong
Huffington Post - 2 months
Movie lovers tend to rejoice around the holidays, when the annual surplus of so-called prestige films floods theaters ahead of January’s Oscar nominations. Of course, not everything can twinkle. Each winter produces a few misfires, but they’re usually not as strange as “Collateral Beauty” and “Passengers,” two of 2016’s final major-studio releases. It’s hard to discuss “Collateral Beauty” and “Passengers” without mentioning spoilers. But nothing I’m going to talk about should constitute spoilers. Both trailers obscured their movies’ inciting events because they are weird and problematic. What some might call “twists” are actually the crux of these plots. (But if you’re still concerned about “spoilers,” you might want to stop reading this.) “Passengers,” which opens Dec. 21, has kept a fairly high profile all year, largely because it’s headlined by charisma machines Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. In 2007, Jon Spaihts’ script became a hot item on the Black List, an annual ros ...
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Kate Beckinsale And Len Wiseman Are Divorcing After 11 Years Of Marriage
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It’s over for Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wiseman.  TMZ reported Tuesday that the “Total Recall” director filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Both he and Beckinsale have reportedly waived any rights to spousal support. The pair, who have been rumored to be separated since last November, were married in 2004 and have no children together.  Both Beckinsale, 43, and Wiseman, 43, have both been photographed without their wedding bands in recent months. The pair met on the set of “Underworld,” a 2003 film Wiseman directed and Beckinsale starred in. Wiseman went on to direct Beckinsale in multiple “Underworld” films as well a “Total Recall” remake. In an appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 2012, Beckinsale joked about how the couple kept their arguments private given how often they filmed together.  Instead of yelling, she said they opted to text each other. “You’d be amazed how fast you can type ‘douchebag,’” the actress joked.  Prior to marrying W ...
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
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This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that the ...
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Sarah Silverman Reveals The Awful Christmas Gift She Got From Her Boyfriend
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It turns out Sarah Silverman can be a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas presents. During a visit to "The Late Late Show with James Corden," the 45-year-old comedian revealed what happened after her boyfriend, actor Michael Sheen, got her a thoughtful, but terrible holiday present. (Silverman is Jewish, but it appears she celebrated some form of Christmas holiday with Sheen).  "He came in he had a huge present and a bunch of other little presents and then he's like 'Open the big one first!' And I opened it and it was a drum set," said Silverman on the show. "Younger me would've just bit the bullet and been like, 'A drum set!' and set it up and had it in my apartment for the rest of my life. But I live in a tiny apartment -- it's three rooms -- and I couldn't fake it. I was like [sad, upset voice] 'A drum set ... '"  While Corden oohed at the prospect of her not liking the gift, Silverman explained how thoughtful Sheen's gift was, which just ended up making things wor ...
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What Does The Black List Mean for Screenwriters and Hollywood?
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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Each year, on the second Friday of December, most of the world is shopping, travelling, and working longer hours to ready for the upcoming holiday vacation and approaching New Year. But in Hollywood, the powers that be are awaiting a special announcement -- a tried and true Hollywood December tradition dating back to 2004. In partnership with Franklin Leonard, the list’s creator, Hollywood development executives create and announce The Black List -- their official list of the most liked scripts on the market. The Black List is compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives, each of whom contributed ...
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MPs brand pay and perks deals exposed by the Mail as 'shocking' as Government ... - Daily Mail
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Daily Mail MPs brand pay and perks deals exposed by the Mail as 'shocking' as Government ... Daily Mail The fat cat pay and perks deals exposed this week by the Mail have been dubbed 'shocking' and 'unacceptable' by MPs. We have revealed how a police back-office manager in Wales got £170,000 for a year in which he worked only 19 days, a former council ... Michael Sheen: Plans to curb Freedom of Information laws will 'seriously ...Telegraph.co.uk Michael Sheen says Freedom of Information Act faces 'full frontal assault'The Guardian Freedom of Information Act consultation a 'full frontal attack' - Michael SheenThis is The West Country The Times (subscription) -For Argyll -Oxford Mail all 16 news articles »
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Trumping <i>Saturday Night Live</i>
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Saturday Night Live may well be the longest running comedy show in the history of television. The first cast was a few years older than me, though I still considered them my peers. We didn't know each other personally, but it felt like we did. The original cast of Saturday Night Live was much more than the clique, or the in-crowd, they were the anti-in-crowd. They were the outsiders who became the insiders which is what made them heroes. Gilda, Larraine, and Jane were the girls who didn't make the cheerleading squad. Dan and John and Garrett and later Bill Murray weren't the best looking football players. They were popular because they were funny. Funny is always king, or queen, and that first season of SNL featured Lily Tomlin, Madeline Kahn, Louise Lasser, Jill Clayburgh, the great Buck Henry and Anthony Perkins, among others. In those days we all thought the hosts and the cast hung out together. They all seemed to live in the same world, and that was part of the magic and the cha ...
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Short Redhead Reel Reviews for the week of May 15
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by Wendy Schadewald Special to Sun Thisweek-Dakota County Tribune Rating system:  (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it) www.shortredheadreelreviews.com For more reviews, click here. “Far from the Madding Crowd” (PG-13) (3.5) [Some sexuality and violence.] — Gorgeous cinematography highlights this captivating, well-acted, romantic, 2-hour, remake of the 1967 film based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 classic novel in which a beautiful, headstrong, fiercely independent British woman (Carey Mulligan) in Dorset, England, is being sought after by three smitten suitors in 1870, including a charismatic sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), a handsome sergeant (Tom Sturridge), and a wealthy landowner (Michael Sheen). “In Between Days” (NR) (2.5) [DVD only] — When a lonely, confused Korean high school student (Jiseon Kim) moves with her hardworking mom (Bokja Kim) to Canada in the dead of winter in this heartfelt So Yong Kim film, she struggles to fit in with her Toronto classmate ...
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Sarah Silverman On Beyonce, 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' And Being A Woman Who Loves Basketball
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When HuffPost Entertainment caught up with Sarah Silverman on the set of an Orbit gum commercial she was shooting in New York last month, the comedian was past due for her lunch break and taking it out on a room full of journalists and publicists by singing "Party in the U.S.A." By the time she planted herself on a couch in the hotel room in which she filmed an "Entertainment Tonight" interview, Silverman had already discussed Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” and who she wanted to win the Super Bowl (she didn't care). Little did we know it was just days before the premiere of the trailer for “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” the Seth MacFarlane-directed comedy that opens in May and co-stars MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris. "I play a prostitute in the Old West who won’t sleep with my boyfriend because we’re Catholic and we’re not married," she said of the film. The role is everything Silverman isn’t. She and her boyfriend, comedian ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Sheen
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In 2016, Sheen has a role in the upcoming thriller Oppenheimer Strategies, and also provided voices for characters in the fantasy adventure Alice Through the Looking Glass and the upcoming science fiction romance Passengers.
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  • 2015
    Age 46
    Sheen is an ambassador for TREAT Trust Wales, a charity which aims to provide a rehabilitation and therapy centre in the grounds of Swansea’s Morriston Hospital by 2015, and is the Welsh ambassador of Into Film, a charity which offers after-school film clubs to state primary and secondary schools in an effort to improve literacy levels.
    More Details Hide Details He is also an ambassador of the environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy. He is a patron of British charities including Scene & Heard, NSPCC's Child's Voice Appeal, Healing The Wounds, The Relationships Centre and WGCADA. He has taken part in a number of charity football matches, most notably captaining the winning Soccer Aid 2010 team at Wembley Stadium, as well as appearing in the 2012 and 2014 matches. He is a patron of the British Independent Film Awards, an ambassador for the Dylan Thomas Prize and vice-president of Port Talbot Town FC.
    Also in 2015, Sheen had well-received comedic television performances in Comedy Bang!
    More Details Hide Details Bang! The Spoils Before Dying and 7 Days in Hell. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times said his television host in 7 Days in Hell was "played with damp lechery and cigarette-ash mastery." Liz Shannon Miller of Indiewire said he may have "stolen the show" while John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter described him as the "scene-stealer of the bunch." Since 2013, Sheen stars in and produces Showtime's Masters of Sex. He and Lizzy Caplan portray the 1960s human sexuality pioneers Masters and Johnson; the series chronicles "their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory, which saw them go from a Midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and Johnny Carson’s couch". Willa Paskin of Slate said: "Sheen is not playing an anti-hero, but someone much more difficult to like—an anti-charismatic. His Masters is willfully repressed and aggressively passive: He is withholding and cold as a means of besting other people, of outsuffering them." David Sims of The Atlantic described Sheen's portrayal of Masters as "an intensely honest and unsympathetic one" while Sonia Saraiya of The A.V. Club said Sheen played the role "so seamlessly it’s hard to remember that there’s a British actor there who has played flamboyant news personalities and prime ministers." Sean T. Collins of The Observer described Masters as "a singularly unappealing figure": "It’s not that Michael Sheen is bad in the role. On the contrary! Sheen’s skill in playing Masters as an asshole who oscillates between headache-inducing self-repression and volcanic rage renders him unpleasant to spend more than two minutes with at a time."
    In 2015, Sheen starred opposite Carey Mulligan in the romantic drama Far from the Madding Crowd as prosperous bachelor William Boldwood.
    More Details Hide Details His performance was well received. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker remarked: "How you prevent such a fellow, crushed by his own decency, from sagging into a bearded Ashley Wilkes is no easy task, yet Sheen succeeds, and Boldwood’s brave smile grows dreadful to behold." Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club found the character "pitiful, and sometimes downright painful to watch. He’s not Hardy’s Boldwood, but he’s a Boldwood. The only sad, genuine moment of the film belongs to him." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian remarked that Sheen's face "is etched with agony and an awful kind of abject adoration, forever trying to find ways to forgive the loved one in advance for rejection. When Sheen’s Boldwood confides to Oak that he feels “grief” you really can feel his pain." Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice also referred to the scene where Boldwood expressed his grief, commenting: "Sheen's performance is fine-grained, and the pure Englishness of his understatement is heartrending."
  • 2014
    Age 45
    In early 2014, he began dating American comedian Sarah Silverman.
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    Also in 2014, he starred in IFC's six-episode The Spoils of Babylon, a television parody of classic, sweeping miniseries, in which he played the husband of Kristen Wiig's character.
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    His second film role of 2014 was a minor role in the political thriller Kill the Messenger.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    In 2013, Sheen appeared in a supporting role as the boyfriend of Tina Fey in the comedy Admission, with Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice describing the character as "a whiskery, elfin academic who chuckles to himself as he reads the Canterbury Tales prologue aloud in bed, in Middle English, no less. (Sheen is scarily good at this.) In 2014, he starred in the fantasy children's film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box. R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine said "the ever-versatile Sheen brings an artful hamminess to his role" but Matt Pais of RedEye found him "insufficiently zany" in "a part that Robert Downey Jr. would nail but never accept."
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    Sheen played the title role in Hamlet at the Young Vic in late 2011 and early 2012, a role he first explored in a 1999 BBC Radio 3 production.
    More Details Hide Details While there had been tentative plans over the years for both Peter Hall and Michael Grandage to direct Sheen in the play, he eventually asked Ian Rickson. Rickson's production was set in the secure wing of a psychiatric hospital and featured original music by PJ Harvey. The Evening Standard declared Sheen's performance "an audacious achievement" that "will live in the memory" while The Independent praised "a recklessly brilliant and bravura performance." The Telegraph felt that Sheen "could be right up there among the great Hamlets" while The Times found him "unbearably moving". The Guardian described him as "fascinating to watch... intelligent, inventive and full of insights... he delivers the "What a piece of work is man" passage with a beautiful consciousness of human potential." The Observer declared him an actor "always worth crossing a principality to see and hear" whose ""To be, or not to be" is a marvel."
    Also in 2011, Sheen starred in Beautiful Boy, an independent drama focusing on the aftermath of a school shooting, voiced the enigmatic and mysterious villain House in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife" written by his friend Neil Gaiman and made cameo appearances in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Resistance.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012 film work, Sheen starred opposite Toni Collette in the independent comedy Jesus Henry Christ and reprised his role as the vampire Aro in the final instalment of The Twilight Saga.
    Sheen's most notable film appearance of 2011 was a supporting role in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details Allen noted that "Michael had to do the pseudo-intellectual, the genuine intellectual, the pedant, and he came in and nailed it from the start". Sheen enjoyed playing "someone who’s just absolutely got no sense that he’s overstepping the mark or that he’s being a bore." The film opened the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and became Allen's highest-grossing film to date.
    Sheen and co-director Bill Mitchell were jointly honoured as Best Director at the Theatre Awards UK 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Sheen was nominated for a Best Actor Welsh BAFTA for The Gospel of Us.
    In 2011, Sheen starred in and was creative director of National Theatre Wales's The Passion, a 72-hour secular passion play staged in his hometown of Port Talbot, Wales.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to a professional cast, over one thousand local amateurs took part in the performance and as many more volunteers from local charity and community groups were involved in preparations in the months leading up to the play. The event was the subject of both a BBC documentary and The Gospel of Us, a film by director Dave McKean. Sheen has described it as "the most meaningful experience" of his career. The Observer declared it "one of the outstanding theatrical events not only of this year, but of the decade". The Independents critic described it as "the most extraordinary piece of community-specific theatre I've ever beheld". While the The Daily Telegraph bemoaned the large-scale production's logistical problems, "overall I found it touching, transformative and, in its own wayward way, a triumph." The Guardian felt it was "so much more than just an epic piece of street theatre.. transforming and uplifting".
  • 2010
    Age 41
    Sheen dated Canadian actress Rachel McAdams from mid-2010 to early 2013.
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    In November 2010, Sheen received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
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    In other 2010 film work, Sheen provided the voices for characters in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Disney's Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and appeared as a terrorist in Unthinkable.
    More Details Hide Details On television, Sheen's performance in the third instalment of Peter Morgan's Blair trilogy, The Special Relationship, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or Movie. The HBO film examined the "special relationship" between the US and the UK in the political era of Blair and Bill Clinton. It was the sixth collaboration between Sheen and Peter Morgan; both parties have since said they will not work together again "for the foreseeable future". Sheen also made a guest appearance in four episodes of NBC's 30 Rock as Wesley Snipes, a love interest for Tina Fey's Liz Lemon. Fey, the sitcom's star and creator, has said that "he was so funny and delightful to work with".
    In 2010, Sheen had a supporting role in the science fiction sequel Tron: Legacy.
    More Details Hide Details Referring to his David Bowie-esque character, Sheen has said, "I was paid to show off basically". The Wall Street Journal found little fun in the movie "except for a gleefully campy turn by Michael Sheen" while The New York Times said he "shows up to deliver the closest thing to a performance in the movie". The Daily Telegraph felt his "lively hamming as a cane-swishing nightclub owner merely underlines how impersonal—how inhuman—much else here is". However, USA Today felt his "scenery-chewing performance... is meant as comic relief, but this movie thunders along so seriously that the attempt at humor feels jarring".
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Sheen was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours list for his services to drama.
    More Details Hide Details He was awarded the freedom of the borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales in 2008 for his services in the field of the dramatic arts. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Newport, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Swansea University, Aberystwyth University and Swansea Metropolitan University, and has been awarded the James Joyce Award by University College Dublin. In addition to theatre, film and television credits, Sheen has also appeared in many radio productions, particularly in the early years of his career. Notable radio play appearances include Strangers on a Train (1994) opposite Bill Nighy, The Importance of Being Earnest (1995) opposite Judi Dench, Romeo and Juliet (1997) opposite Kate Beckinsale, Troy (1998) opposite Paul Scofield and The Pretenders (2004) opposite, again, Paul Scofield. He has narrated five novels for BBC Radio 4 and Naxos AudioBooks: Crime and Punishment (1994), The Idiot (1995), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1995), A White Merc With Fins (1997), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013).
    Sheen made two one-off stage appearances in 2009; he performed a scene from Betrayal as part of a Harold Pinter tribute evening at the National Theatre and performed improvisational comedy as part of The Groundlings' Crazy Joe Show in Los Angeles.
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    Sheen had a supporting role in 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second film in the highly popular vampire series.
    More Details Hide Details He was paid a reported £5 million fee and director Chris Weitz has said he "aggressively" pursued the actor for the role. In its review, Rolling Stone said: "Late in the film, a real actor, Michael Sheen, shows up as the mind-reading Aro, of the Italian Volturi vampires, and sparks things up. You can almost hear the young cast thinking, 'Is that acting? It looks hard.' So Sheen is quickly ushered out." While The New York Times said he "preens with plausible menace", USA Today felt he "plays the character with more high-pitched giddiness than menace". He was named Actor of the Year at GQ magazine's annual Men of the Year ceremony.
    Also in 2009, Sheen reprised his role as a werewolf in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, a prequel to the original film.
    More Details Hide Details Of his decision to take part, Sheen has said: "My rule of thumb is that I want to do things I'd like to go and see myself." The New York Times felt he was "the movie’s greatest asset... taking a lively break from his usual high-crust duties to bring wit, actual acting and some unexpected musculature to the goth-horror flick". Variety said he hit "all the right notes in a star-powered performance that will amuse, if not amaze, anyone who only knows the actor as Tony Blair or David Frost" while Richard Corliss of Time noted that he "tries bravely to keep a straight face"
    The Guardian, writing in 2009, declared it the "best performance of his big-screen career" while The Times found him "magnificent".
    More Details Hide Details USA Today praised "Sheen's masterful performance" while the Los Angeles Times felt he played the role with "a cheeky, dark panache" and "skillful verve". Entertainment Weekly asserted that, despite American audiences' unfamiliarity with Clough, "what's lost in translation is recovered easily enough in Michael Sheen's astonishing performance". Variety noted that his "typically scrupulous channeling of Clough gets the tics and mannerisms right, but also carves a moving portrait of a braggart suddenly out of his depth".
    2009 saw Sheen portray another public figure; he starred in The Damned United as the outspoken football manager Brian Clough.
    More Details Hide Details The Tom Hooper-directed film focused on Clough's disastrous 44-day tenure as manager of Leeds United and marked Sheen's fifth collaboration with writer Peter Morgan. The actor has said Clough is the real-life character he enjoyed playing most.
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Sheen was the recipient of the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2008.
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    Sheen reprised the role of David Frost in 2008's Frost/Nixon, a film dramatisation of The Nixon Interviews of 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Despite appearing in the original stage production in a part written for him by Peter Morgan, Sheen was surprised to have been cast in the film: "Peter said he'd only be prepared to give the rights to someone who would cast me as Frost, which was very nice, but when the studios get their hands on something... Right up until we started filming I was prepared to be disappointed". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times asserted that Sheen embodied his character in a "compelling, intense" performance while The Wall Street Journal felt he was "a brilliant actor" who "grows his character from a bright-eyed social butterfly to a gimlet-eyed interrogator". However, The New York Times felt "the likable, watchable Mr. Sheen has been pitted against a scene-stealer" in Frank Langella's Nixon. Frost himself later said it was "a wonderful performance".
  • 2007
    Age 38
    Sheen next appeared in the 2007 film Music Within as a political activist with cerebral palsy.
    More Details Hide Details He spoke of having a "responsibility" to accurately portray the condition. Variety said his performance was "remarkable.. utterly convincing", USA Today found him "outstanding" while the Los Angeles Times felt he was "reminiscent of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, bringing a vibrancy and wit to the role". Also that year, Sheen starred in the short film Airlock, or How To Say Goodbye in Space with Derek Jacobi and was invited to join the actors' branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    From 2006 to 2007, Sheen starred as the television broadcaster David Frost in Frost/Nixon at both the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London and at the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details The play, written by Peter Morgan, directed by Michael Grandage and co-starring Frank Langella, was a critical and commercial success but Sheen initially accepted the role as a favour to his friends and "never thought it was going anywhere". The Guardian said the actor "exactly captures Frost's verbal tics and mannerisms while suggesting a nervousness behind the self-assurance". "He’s got the voice, the mannerisms, the blaze," said the Financial Times, "but, more than that, Sheen—as viscerally exciting an actor as any in Britain today—shows us the hunger of Frost’s ambition.. and fox-like instinct for the hunt and the kill." Sheen was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
    Sheen starred in two other BBC television productions in 2006, playing H. G. Wells in HG Wells: War with the World and Nero in Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.
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    He won a RTS Award for Best Actor, and received his second BAFTA nomination of 2006, for Best Television Actor.
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    Also in 2006, Sheen starred as the troubled English comic actor Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's Fantabulosa!
    More Details Hide Details In preparation for the role, he lost two and a half stone (approx. 35 lbs), studied archival footage and read Williams' published diaries. Sheen has said he is "fascinated by finding the private side of the public face". The Times found his performance "mesmerising" while The Observer described it as "a characterisation for which the description tour-de-force is, frankly, pretty faint praise".
    His second film appearance of 2006 was a supporting role in Blood Diamond as an unscrupulous diamond dealer.
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    Sheen came to international attention in 2006 for his portrayal of Tony Blair in The Queen.
    More Details Hide Details The film focused on the differing reactions of the British Royal Family and the newly appointed Prime Minister following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997; it was Sheen's third collaboration with director Stephen Frears and his second with screenwriter Peter Morgan. He enjoyed reprising his role because Blair, at this point in his career, had "a weight to him that he didn’t have before". When asked to discuss his personal opinion of Blair, Sheen admitted that the more time he spent working on the character, the "less opinion" he has of the politician: "Now when I watch him on TV or hear his voice, it's sort of like a cross between a family member, a friend and seeing a really old embarrassing video of yourself." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised "a sensational performance, alert and nuanced" while Empire spoke of an "uncanny, insightful performance". Sheen was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005 film work, Sheen starred in Dead Long Enough, a small-budget Welsh/Irish film, with his longtime friend, Jason Hughes.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he had a supporting role in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, made a cameo appearance in The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse and starred in the short film The Open Doors.
    In 2005, Sheen starred in the National Theatre's production of The UN Inspector, a David Farr adaptation of The Government Inspector.
    More Details Hide Details The Times wrote of "a scathingly brilliant and inventive performance" while Variety noted that the actor "adds comic finesse to his apparently ceaseless repertoire". The Evening Standard, while conceding that the performance was "technically brilliant", expressed bemusement as to why "one of the most mercurial and inspiring actors we have seems set on impersonating Rik Mayall throughout". Also that year, he took part in the Old Vic's 24 Hour Play, in which The Telegraph felt he "dazzled".
  • 2004
    Age 35
    Beckinsale had persuaded director Len Wiseman to cast Sheen in Underworld; but while on set, she and Wiseman (who was married) fell in love, and subsequently married in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Sheen has said he continues to live in Los Angeles to be close to his daughter. He remains friends with Beckinsale. "We were very lucky in that we didn't have an acrimonious split," Beckinsale has said. "We are still very close and daughter sees us around each other." "He's absolutely one of my most favourite people ever." "I love him dearly—I would miss him dreadfully if he wasn't in my life." Sheen has said that Beckinsale "will always be one of the most important people in my life. I have real love for her."
    Also in 2004, Sheen played a pompous rock star in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction and produced and starred in The Banker, which won a BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.
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    In 2004, Sheen starred in ITV's Dirty Filthy Love, a comic film about a man dealing with OCD and Tourette's after a marital separation.
    More Details Hide Details Sheen spoke of "treading a fine line" because "a lot of the symptoms are intrinsically comical". He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Television Actor and a RTS Best Actor Award.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    Their relationship ended in January 2003, soon after the couple moved to Los Angeles from London.
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    Sheen's breakthrough role was as British politician Tony Blair in 2003's The Deal.
    More Details Hide Details The Channel 4 film explored the so-called Granita pact made by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown prior to the 1994 Labour Party leadership election, and was the actor's first collaboration with screenwriter Peter Morgan. Director Stephen Frears cast him because "he was in Mary Reilly and I knew he was brilliant." Filmed while he was playing Caligula nightly on stage, Sheen has remarked, "It’s interesting that in searching for monsters to play, you often end up playing leaders." The Daily Telegraph praised his "earnest, yet steely, portrayal" while The Guardian found him "excellent. This is intelligent and honest casting."
    Sheen also returned to the stage in 2003 to play the title role in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Michael Grandage.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first of just three stage appearances during the 2000s; his young daughter was now based in Los Angeles, California which made more frequent stage runs in Britain impractical. The Independents critic declared it "one of the most thrilling and searching performances I have ever witnessed" while The Daily Telegraph described him as an "outrageously charismatic actor" with "an astonishing physical presence". The Times praised a "riveting performance" while The Guardian found him "highly impressive... at one point he attacks his court poet with a single hair-raising leap across a chair and table". Sheen won an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor, and was again nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
    In other 2003 film work, Sheen portrayed the main antagonist, the werewolf leader Lucian, in Underworld and made a brief appearance in the sci-fi film Timeline.
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    In 2003, Sheen appeared in Bright Young Things, the directorial debut of his Wilde co-star, Stephen Fry.
    More Details Hide Details An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel, the film followed high society partygoers in decadent, pre-war London. Sheen played a gay aristocrat in an ensemble cast which included James McAvoy, Emily Mortimer, David Tennant, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent and Peter O'Toole. While the Los Angeles Times said he "shone", The Guardian felt the role "drastically under-uses his talents". Sheen described his character as "possibly the campest man in cinema history" and relished a scene "where I do drugs with then 95-year-old Sir John Mills."
  • 2002
    Age 33
    Also in 2002, he had a minor role in the action-adventure film The Four Feathers.
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    At this point in his career, Sheen began to devote more time to film work. Heartlands, a little-seen 2002 film about a naive man's road trip in the Midlands, was his first leading film role.
    More Details Hide Details While The Guardian dismissed the "cloying bittersweet-regional-lottery-Britfilm", it noted that "Sheen himself has a childlike, Frank Spencer-ish charm". "It was great to do something that was so different", Sheen has said of the role. "I usually play very extreme characters but I couldn't get away with doing all my usual silly tricks with Colin."
  • 1999
    Age 30
    In 1999, Sheen explored the role of Jimmy Porter in the National Theatre's production of Look Back in Anger.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Sheen described the production as "the most enjoyable thing I've ever done... everything came together". The Daily Mail declared him a "definitive Jimmy Porter... simply exhilarating in his great jazz riffs of speeches, mercurial and irresistible." "Sheen has cornered the market in explosive energy", said The Independent, "but this thrilling performance is his finest yet." The Financial Times noted: "As Jimmy Porter, a role of staggering difficulty in every way, Michael Sheen gives surely the best performance London has yet seen from him... You hang on every word he utters... This is a dazzlingly through-the-body performance." He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.
  • 1998
    Age 29
    From 1998 to 1999, Sheen starred as Mozart in a successful revival of Amadeus.
    More Details Hide Details The Peter Hall-directed production was staged at the Old Vic, London and later transferred to the Music Box on Broadway. Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic for The New York Times, was particularly vocal in his praise. He noted that "Mr. Sheen elicits a real poetry from the role" and felt that, while watching him, "you start to appreciate the derivation of the term star. This actor is so luminous it's scary!" The Independent found him "quite stunning as Mozart. His fantastically physical performance convinces you of his character's genius and the play catches fire whenever he's on stage." Sheen was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor.
    In early 1998 Sheen formed a production company, The Foundry, with Helen McCrory and Robert Delamere to promote the work of emerging playwrights, and produced A Little World of Our Own at the Donmar Warehouse, which gave Colin Farrell his West End debut.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    Also in 1997, he appeared in a revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming at the National Theatre, directed by Roger Michell, and directed Badfinger, starring Rhys Ifans, at the Donmar Warehouse.
    More Details Hide Details The latter was staged by the Thin Language Theatre Company, which Sheen had co-founded in 1991, aiming to further Welsh theatre. He then appeared in the biographical film Wilde, playing Robbie Ross to Stephen Fry's Oscar Wilde.
    Sheen's most significant appearance of 1997 was the title role in Henry V, staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at their Stratford-upon-Avon theatre, which earned him a second Ian Charleson Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details The Times praised "a blisteringly intelligent performance".
  • 1996
    Age 27
    In addition, Sheen made his film debut that year, appearing opposite Kenneth Branagh in Othello. 1996 saw Sheen at the National Theatre for The Ends of the Earth, an original play by David Lan.
    More Details Hide Details A minor role in Mary Reilly marked the first of three film collaborations with director Stephen Frears.
  • 1995
    Age 26
    Sheen was in a relationship with English actress Kate Beckinsale from 1995 until 2003.
    More Details Hide Details They met when cast in a touring production of The Seagull in early 1995, and began living together shortly afterwards. Their daughter, Lily Mo Beckinsale-Sheen, was born in 1999 in London, England. The actress has said she was "embarrassed" that Sheen never proposed, but felt as if she were married.
    In 1995, he appeared opposite Kate Beckinsale in a production of The Seagull at the Theatre Royal, Bath and, with the encouragement of Thelma Holt, directed and starred in The Dresser at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    In other 1994 work, Sheen appeared in Le Livre de Spencer at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris and starred in the cross-dressing farce Charley's Aunt at the Royal Exchange.
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    Sheen played the title role in Peer Gynt in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The Yukio Ninagawa production was staged in Oslo, Tokyo and at the Barbican Centre, London. The Times praised Sheen's "astonishing vitality" while The Independent found him "sensationally good" and noted that "the Norwegian press were grudgingly captivated by the mercurial Welsh boyo".
  • 1993
    Age 24
    Also in 1993, Sheen appeared in the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Moonlight at the Almeida Theatre and made his television debut in the 1993 BBC mini-series Gallowglass.
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    His 1993 turn as Perdican in Alfred de Musset's Don't Fool With Love at the Donmar Warehouse was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award. and was described by The Independent as "quite thrilling".
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  • 1992
    Age 23
    In 1992, Sheen's performance in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange received a MEN Theatre Award nomination and led theatre critic Michael Coveney to declare him "the most exciting young actor of his generation... a volatile, electrifying and technically fearless performer".
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  • 1991
    Age 22
    His first professional role, while still in his third and final year at RADA, was in When She Danced at the Globe Theatre in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details He later described the role as "a big break. One day I was at RADA doing a movement class, the next I was at a read-through with Vanessa Redgrave and Frances de la Tour." Milton Shulman of the Evening Standard praised an "excellent" performance while The Observer wrote of "a notable West End debut".
    He graduated in 1991 with a BA in Acting.
    More Details Hide Details Sheen worked predominantly in theatre in the 1990s and has since remarked that he will always feel "slightly more at home" on stage. "It's more of an actor's medium. You are your own editor, nobody else is choosing what is being seen of you."
  • 1988
    Age 19
    He moved to London in 1988 to train as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), having spent the previous year working in a Welsh fast food restaurant called Burger Master to earn money.
    More Details Hide Details Sheen was granted the Laurence Olivier Bursary by The Society of London Theatre in his second year at RADA.
  • 1969
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1969.
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