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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 5, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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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 filmg rs 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. From there his career skyrocketed, as he starred in "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" (2009), "Twilight: New Moon" (2009) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). 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...

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 filmg rs 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. From there his career skyrocketed, as he starred in "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" (2009), "Twilight: New Moon" (2009) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). 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). 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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 7 Days in Hell (2015)
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 Cut Bank (2014)
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 Admission (2013)
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 Beautiful Boy (2011)
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Brought up in Port Talbot, Wales
1991:
London stage debut in Martin Sherman's "When She Danced" opposite Vanessa Redgrave
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)
1993:
Featured opposite Ian Holm in Harold Pinter's "Moonlight"
1994:
Played the title role in "Peer Gynt"; toured with production in Norway, Japan and England
1994:
First played Jimmy Porter in "Look Back in Anger" at the Manchester Royal Exchange
1995:
Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in the play "The Seagull"
1995:
Directed a production of "The Dresser" at the Drum Theatre in Plymouth; also acted in the lead role
1995:
First released film, playing Ludovico in Oliver Parker's adaptation of "Othello"
1996:
Made second appearance in a Pinter play opposite Lindsay Duncan in "The Homecoming"
1996:
Cast in first feature film, "Mary Reilly" opposite John Malkovich and Julia Roberts
1997:
Portrayed Robert Ross, the lover of Oscar Wilde, in the biopic "Wilde"
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
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"
2001:
Cast alongside Wes Bentley and Heath Ledger in the remake of "Four Feathers"
2004:
Cast opposite Parker Posey, Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore in the romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction"
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"
2007:
Portrayed David Frost on Broadway in Peter Morgan's acclaimed drama "Frost/Nixon"
2007:
Co-starred with Ron Livingston in the drama "Music Within"
2008:
Reprised the role of David Frost for Peter Morgan's film adaption of "Frost/Nixon"
2009:
Reprised role of Lucian for "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"
2009:
Portrayed Brian Clough, the former manager of Leeds United in "The Damned United"; adapted by Peter Morgan from David Peace's novel
2009:
Cast as the vampire Aro in the second installment of the "Twilight" film series "New Moon"
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
2010:
Co-starred with Jeff Bridges in "Tron: Legacy," the sequel to the 1982 sci fi classic "Tron"
2011:
Starred opposite Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris"
2011:
Reprised the role of Aro in the Bill Condon directed "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ¿ Part 1"
2012:
Returned in franchise's final film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ¿ Part 2," also directed by Bill Condon
2013:
Cast opposite Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in "Admission," directed by Paul Weitz
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Education

National Youth Theatre of Wales: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

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

"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." --Michael Sheen quoted in the London Times, July 11, 1999

"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." --Michael Sheen to the London Times, October 17, 1998

"It's your own sense of mediocrity that drives you on, As soon as you start thinking 'I'm great I am', then you're lost. You've got to have self-doubt to push yourself forward. I feel the most mediocre actor around, most of the time." --Michael Sheen to the London Times, October 17, 1998

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companion:
Kate Beckinsale. Actor. Met when they acted together on stage in "The Seagull" (1995); no longer together as of January 2003.

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father:
Meyrick Sheen. Actor. Works as a lookalike for Jack Nicholson.
mother:
Irene Sheen. Personnel.
sister:
Joanne Sheen. Married.
cousin:
Caroline Sheen. Actor. Appeared in London stage productions of "Grease" and "Mamma Mia".
daughter:
Lily Sheen. Born on January 31, 1999; mother, Kate Beckinsale.
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