Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen

Highest Rated: 100% Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime (2014)

Lowest Rated: 13% Timeline (2003)

Birthday: Feb 05, 1969

Birthplace: Newport, Gwent, Wales, UK

One of the United Kingdom's most acclaimed stage actors of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Michael Sheen, OBE, was also an accomplished film and television performer with a talent for playing figures drawn from real life, including multiple turns as Prime Minister Tony Blair, David Frost, H.G. Wells and numerous other historical personalities. Born Michael Christopher Sheen in the Welsh city of Newport, in Monmouthsire, on February 5, 1969, he was raised in a family that participated in local theater and opera productions, but was initially more interested in football, and considered an offer to join the Arsenal club's youth team at the age of 12. But after completing his primary and A-level studies, Sheen decided to make acting his career of choice, and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1988. His talents were made almost immediately evident: Sheen netted the Laurence Olivier Bursary - a financial award given to gifted students - in his second year at RADA, and landed his first professional role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in a 1991 production of When She Danced while still in his third and final year. After graduation, he received stellar reviews for his work in both classical and modern productions, including the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Moonlight in 1993. Sheen's screen career also launched that same year with a starring role as a suicidal man pressured into a kidnapping scheme in "Gallowglass" (BBC1, 1993). More stage roles followed, including a star turn in an ambitious multimedia production of Peer Gynt (1994), as did his feature film debut in Oliver Parker's adaptation of "Othello" (1995) with Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. Two years later, Sheen graduated to supporting roles when he was cast as Robbie Ross, friend and lover to playwright Oscar Wilde, in 1997's "Wilde." A remarkable string of stage successes, including Olivier Award-nominated turns as Mozart in Amadeus and Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, took up much of the tail end of the '90s, but by 2002, Sheen had devoted his energies to developing his film career. Unfortunately, much of his efforts during this period were unremarkable fare, including the supernatural action-thriller "Underworld" (2003), which starred his then significant other, Kate Beckinsale. He then returned to stage for another acclaimed run as the Roman emperor Caligula in a 2003 production of the eponymous Albert Camus play, but also found his breakout screen role that same year when he was cast as British prime minister Tony Blair in "The Deal" (Channel 4, 2003). The television feature, directed by Stephen Frears, earned considerable praise, as well as a BAFTA nomination for Sheen, who immersed himself in a tireless schedule of film and stage roles for the next three years, including a 2005 production of Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector and supporting turns as a egotistical rock star in the romantic comedy feature "Laws of Attraction" (2004) and a priest in Ridley Scott's historical epic "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005). He then reprised Blair, again to critical acclaim and a BAFTA nomination, in Frears' "The Queen" (2005), with Helen Mirren as a steely Queen Elizabeth II, which preceded a string of biographical projects for film television: he played British comic actor Kenneth Williams, who struggled with his sexuality and depression, in "Fantabulosa!" (2006) for BBC Four, then played H.G. Wells in BBC Two's "H.G. Wells: War with the World" (2006) and the Roman emperor Nero in the BBC One miniseries "Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire." His talent for finding the dramatic core of real-life personages continued on stage as well when he played television broadcaster David Frost opposite Frank Langella's Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon throughout 2006 and 2007; both actors would reprise their roles in Ron Howard's film version in 2008, and Sheen would earn the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards that same year. After winning widespread praise from the English press for his turn as football manager Brian Clough in Tom Hooper's drama "The Damned United" (2009) and joining the Order of the British Empire that same year, Sheen settled into a string of flamboyant roles in American genre films: an Italian vampire in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009), a futuristic nightclub owner in "Tron: Legacy" (2010), the voice of the White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), and a diabolical terrorist in "Unthinkable" (2010). He also found time to reprise Tony Blair for a third time in "The Special Relationship," a dramatization of the friendship between the prime minister and then-U.S. President Bill Clinton (played by Dennis Quaid). Sheen earned his first Emmy nomination for his performance, and capped 2010 with a recurring role as Tina Fey's love interest on several episodes of "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013) and a BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. Sheen then resumed a slate of alternating film and stage awards: the latter included a BAFTA-nominated turn as star and creative director of the 72-hour play The Passion in 2011 and Hamlet at the Old Vic in 2011 and 2012, while former encompassed character turns in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" (2012), the comedy "Admission" (2013), and the tragic Mr. Boldwood in Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of "Far from the Madding Crowd" In 2015. He also found time to work steadily on television, most notably as researcher William H. Masters on the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" (2013-16), for which he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. The next few years were devoted largely to American feature films, including big-budget projects like the science fiction romance "Passengers" (2016) and "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (2016), and independent fare like Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" (2016) and "Brad's Status" (2017) opposite Ben Stiller. After a run as an angel in a BBC/Amazon co-production of Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens" (2019), Sheen was cast as a serial killer who aided his son, an FBI agent, on the Fox drama "Prodigal Son" (2019). He later enjoyed a supporting turn as the antagonist to Robert Downey, Jr.'s Doctor Dolittle in "Dolittle" (2020) and played UK game show host Chris Tarrant in "Quiz" (2020), a limited series drama about a cheating scandal in England.

Highest rated movies

Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special
The Queen
Midnight in Paris
Frost/Nixon
The Damned United
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
7 Days in Hell
Far From the Madding Crowd

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
14% 76% Dolittle Dr. Blair Müdfly (Character) $77M 2020
79% 53% How to Build a Girl Dr. Freud (Character) $70.5K 2019
79% 53% Apostle Prophet Malcolm (Character) - 2018
38% 52% Slaughterhouse Rulez The Bat (Character) $2.1K 2018
100% 62% Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Unknown (Character) - 2017
79% 55% Brad's Status Craig (Character) $2.1M 2017
32% 44% Home Again Austen (Character) $27M 2017
28% 48% Alice Through the Looking Glass White Rabbit (Voice) $77M 2016
88% 56% Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Philip Cohen (Character) $3.8M 2016
30% 63% Passengers Arthur (Character) $100M 2016
No Score Yet 50% Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously Self - 2016
73% 73% Nocturnal Animals Carlos (Character) $10.4M 2016
84% 75% Far From the Madding Crowd William Boldwood (Character) $12.1M 2015
86% 69% 7 Days in Hell Caspian Wint (Character) - 2015
100% 88% Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime Narrator - 2014
77% 69% Kill the Messenger Fred Weil (Character) $2.4M 2014
20% 62% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box Charity (Character) - 2013
39% 32% Admission Mark (Character) $18M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes & Demons Unknown (Character) - 2012
71% 62% The Gospel of Us The Teacher (Character) - 2012
49% 70% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Aro (Character) $292.3M 2012
65% 16% Resistance Tommy Atkins (Character) - 2011
22% 47% Jesus Henry Christ Slavkin (Character) $20.2K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Few Options Florist (Character) - 2011
93% 83% Midnight in Paris Paul (Character) $56.8M 2011
25% 60% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Aro (Character) $281.3M 2011
70% 56% Beautiful Boy Bill Carroll (Character) $77.2K 2010
78% 76% Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Dr. Griffiths (Voice) - 2010
No Score Yet 66% Unthinkable Steven Arthur Younger (Character) - 2010
51% 63% Tron: Legacy Castor/Zuse (Character) $172.1M 2010
51% 55% Alice in Wonderland The White Rabbit (Voice) $334.2M 2010
83% 63% The Special Relationship Tony Blair (Character) - 2010
28% 61% The Twilight Saga: New Moon Aro (Character) $296.6M 2009
29% 63% Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Lucian (Character) $45.8M 2009
92% 85% The Damned United Brian Clough (Character) $449.6K 2009
93% 88% Frost/Nixon David Frost (Character) $18.6M 2008
33% 78% Music Within Art Honeyman (Character) $153.2K 2007
No Score Yet 82% Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! Kenneth Williams (Character) - 2006
17% 72% Underworld: Evolution Lucian (Character) $62.3M 2006
63% 90% Blood Diamond Simmons (Character) $57.4M 2006
96% 76% The Queen Tony Blair (Character) $56.4M 2006
39% 72% Kingdom of Heaven Priest (Character) $47.4M 2005
83% 55% The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Jeremy (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Long Enough Harry Jones (Character) - 2005
18% 47% Laws of Attraction Thorne Jamison (Character) $17.8M 2004
No Score Yet 78% Dirty Filthy Love Mark Furness (Character) - 2004
31% 79% Underworld Lucian (Character) $51.5M 2003
13% 45% Timeline Lord Oliver (Character) $19.5M 2003
65% 67% Bright Young Things Miles (Character) $931.8K 2003
No Score Yet 73% The Deal Unknown (Character) - 2003
41% 65% The Four Feathers Trench (Character) $18.3M 2002
60% 79% Heartlands Colin (Character) - 2002
71% 73% Wilde Robbie Ross (Character) $2.1M 1997
26% 40% Mary Reilly Bradshaw (Character) $5.5M 1996
67% 64% Othello Lodovico (Character) $2.2M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gallowglass Joe (Character) - 1995

TV

Credit
58% 86% Prodigal Son Dr. Martin Whitly (Character) 2019-2021
89% 93% Staged Michael Sheen (Character) 2020-2021
No Score Yet 31% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019-2021 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2019-2020 2014 2012 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019-2020
95% 91% Quiz Unknown (Character) 2020
95% 75% The Good Fight Roland Blum (Character) 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quiz Chris Tarrant (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
84% 90% Good Omens Aziraphale (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jonathan Ross Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wales: Land of the Wild Narrator 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carpool Karaoke Music Performer 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet 2018 New York Comic Con Guest 2018
84% 77% Animals. Unknown (Guest Voice) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tate Britain's Great Art Walks Guest 2017-2018
85% 76% The Simpsons William Masters (Guest Voice) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2015-2016
84% 86% Masters of Sex William Masters (Character),
Producer
2013-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bookaboo Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015-2016
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Join or Die With Craig Ferguson Guest 2016
81% 72% The Spoils of Babylon Chet Halner (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2015
No Score Yet 91% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2013
92% 64% Doctor Who House (Guest Voice) 2011
78% 93% 30 Rock Wesley (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet 67% Top Gear Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maigret Unknown (Guest Star) 1993

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