Michael Sheen

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Michael Sheen

Born

2/5/1969, Newport, Gwent, Wales, UK

Birth Name

Michael Sheen

Gender

Male
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Michael Sheen is a Welsh actor from Newport, Wales. Born on February 5, 1969, Sheen began his career as a stage actor, making his first professional debut in the play "When She Dances" at the famed Globe Theatre in London. Throughout the 1990s, he continued acting in theater,…more

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  • Trivia

    • When Michael is in London he shares his house with Ioan Gruffudd and Matthew Rhys.

    • One of Michael's first jobs was flipping burgers at the fast food restaurant Burger Master.

    • In 1997 Michael teamed up with Helen McCrory and Robert Delamere to start a new writing production company called Foundry.

    • In 2006 Michael won an LAFCA Award (under Best Supporting Actor category) for his work in The Queen. Also in 2006, Michael won a TFCA Award (under Best Supporting Actor - Male category) for his work in The Queen.

    • In 2007 Michael won a KCFCC Award (under Best Supporting Actor category)for his work on The Queen. That same year he also won an RTS Television Award (under Best Actor - Male category) for his work on Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!.

    • In 2006 Michael was nominated for a CFCA Award (under Best Supporting Actor category) for his work on The Queen.

    • In 2005 Michael was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award (under Best Actor category) for his work on Dirty Filthy Love.

    • In 2007, Michael was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award (under Best Actor category) for his work on The Queen. He was also nominated for a BAFTA TV Award (under Best Actor category) for his work on Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!.

    • In 1997, Michael ran (co-jointly) a Welsh theatre company called Thin Language. There he directed Harris' play Badfinger at the Donmar.

    • Michael graduated from RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is now an associate member of RADA.

    • Michael has a sister named Joanne Sheen.

    • Michael was raised in Port Talbot, the Welsh that Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins were from.

    • On June 19, 2007 Michael was one of 115 people to be admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is the group whose members vote on Academy Award nomination ballots.

    • Sheen audition for the role of Michael Corvin in the hit movie Underworld.

    • Sheen also made a appearance on the show Punk'd where he punk'd x-girlfriend Kate Beckinsale

    • Michael and x-girlfriend Kate Beckinsale worked together on the hit movie Underworld .

    • Sheen lives in London, England but has a apartment in LA so he can spend time with his daughter Lily.

    • Sheen was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for best actor in "Look back in Anger".

    • Michael has one daughter Lily Mo Sheen born in 1999 with actress Kate Beckinsale

    • Michael dated Kate Beckinsale

    • Height 5'9.

  • Quotes

    • Michael Sheen: (about playing soccer at RADA) There is nothing quite like a drama-school football match because every single guy wants to prove that he's not a poof, so they are the most violent games you've ever seen.

    • Michael Sheen: (about being famous) It's weird meeting people for the first time and realising they know more about your private life than you know about them. You'll be sitting in a pub chatting to a stranger and half way through they mention something about your daughter living in America. What?

    • Michael Sheen: I suppose I've got a reputation for playing quite extreme characters and making them quite believable. I played a normal person once but I ended up making it abnormal in its normality. I've never met anyone normal. Normal people - ie, people who aren't actors - are the most bizarre people you can ever come across. I'll talk to someone and come away thinking, they are clinically insane. The only way I can put that into what I do is by playing very extreme characters.

    • Michael Sheen: (about growing up in Port Talbot) It was a good place to grow up....I always loved it even though everyone else hated it and said, 'I can't wait to get out.' I suppose I always assumed that I would leave anyway so I never had a problem with it.

    • Michael Sheen: Wherever you come from, you carry the place with you.

    • Michael Sheen: 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....You have to be quite vigilant with yourself and question why you're doing certain things as well as what's behind all that. Because otherwise, you can find yourself having made choices for the wrong reasons. And suddenly you're a completely different person than the one you thought you were a year earlier.

    • Michael: (when asked if he'd heard from Tony Blairs people regarding the movie The Queen) Well no, not yet, not officially. I get a few strange-looking people passing my house every… No I don't (laughing). I hope he'd like it. I'm sure he would. I think he comes out of it very sympathetically. It's about the time when he was at his most popular. It's nice to remind people there was a time when Tony Blair was popular.

    • Michael: (when asked if he'd ever be tempted to do a musical) No one has ever offered me one. There are musicals I've enjoyed watching, but there aren't many parts in them that appeal to me. I'm a pretty good singer, though. Maybe someone needs to write a slightly more interesting musical. Probably the one thing I'd like to do is Frank 'N' Furter in The Rocky Horror Show— because I think that would be theatrically exciting to do.

    • Michael: (answering if he finds it easy to portray 'real' people) Well you have to do a tremendous amount of research and if you're playing someone who's a real life person, especially someone who's alive or recently alive. The audience is going to be very familiar with them, so you do have to meet the audience's demand for familiarity with the character. Because I've been playing a lot of real-life characters, that's something I've got more and more used to. It seems to have worked out okay!

    • Michael: (answering how Welsh does he feel and will he ever move to America) I can't see that happening. I've lived off and on in America for the past seven years. And while I enjoy spending time there, Wales and Britain is my home. Just culturally, that's the thing I've missed most while in America; the people I meet don't share the same cultural references.

    • Michael: It's interesting that in searching for monsters to play you often end up playing leaders.

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