Sheen, Michael 1969-

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Sheen, Michael 1969-


Born February 5, 1969, in Newport, Wales, England; son of Meyrick (a personnel worked and actor) and Irene (a personnel worker) Sheen; cousin of Caroline Sheen (an actress); children: (with actress Kate Beckinsale) Lily. Education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England, graduated.


Agent—Scott Schachter, International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Manager—Tammy Rosen, Melanie Greene Management and Productions, 425 North Robertson Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actor. Cheek by Jowl (comedy troupe), member of company, 1993; Thin Language Theatre Company, Swansea, Wales, England, cofounder, 1997, and associ- ate director; Foundry (writing production company), cofounder, 1997; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, associate member.


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Awards, Honors:

Manchester Evening News Award nomination, best actor, c. 1992, for Romeo and Juliet; Ian Charleson Award nomination, Sunday Times and Royal National Theatre, 1993, for Don't Fool with Love; special commendation, Ian Charleson Awards, and Manchester Evening News Award, best actor in a visiting production, both 1997, for Henry V; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best supporting actor, Society of West End Theatre, and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, outstanding actor in a play, both 1999, for Amadeus; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best actor, 2000, for Look Back in Anger; London Critics Circle Award, 2003, Laurence Olivier Award nomination, 2004, and Evening Standard Award, all best actor, for Caligula; Television Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Royal Television Society Award nomination, both best actor, 2005, for Dirty Filthy Love; Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Toronto Film Critics Association Award, and Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, all 2006, Film Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, both 2007, and Utah Film Critics Association Award, all best supporting actor, for The Queen; Evening Standard Award nomination, best actor, 2006, for Frost/Nixon; Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2007, for Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!


Stage Appearances:

Alexandros Eliopolos, When She Danced, Globe Theatre, London, 1991.

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, 1992.

Perdican, Don't Fool with Love, Cheek by Jowl, Almeida Theatre and Comedy Theatre, both London, 1993.

Fred, Moonlight, Almeida Theatre and Comedy Theatre, both 1993.

Title role, Peer Gynt, Barbican Theatre, London, 1994.

Le livre de Spencer, Theatre National de l'Odeon, Paris, 1994.

Lord Fancourt Babberly, Charley's Aunt, Royal Exchange Theatre, 1994-95.

Norman, The Dresser, Drum Theatre, Plymouth, England, 1995.

Daniel, Ends of the Earth, Royal National Theatre, London, 1995.

Jimmy Porter, Look Back in Anger, Royal Exchange Theatre, 1995, then Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, 1999.

Lenny, The Homecoming, Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, 1996.

Title role in Henry V, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1997.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Amadeus, Old Vic Theatre, London, then Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, later Music Box Theatre, New York City, all 1999.

Smithereens, Play Group, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Title role, Caligula, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 2003.

Martin Remington Gammon, The U.N. Inspector, Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, London, 2005.

David Frost, Frost/Nixon, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, 2006, then Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Also appeared in title role, Ion, Royal National Theatre, London; and in The Seagull.

Major Tours:

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, international cities, 1992.

Title role, Peer Gynt, international cities, 1994.

Konstantin, The Seagull, Thelma Holt Theatre Company, British cities, 1995.

Stage Director:

The Dresser, Drum Theatre, Plymouth, England, 1995.

Badfinger, Thin Language, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, then Welsh production, 1997.

Forever Yours, Cardiff, Swansea, Wales, England, then London, 1997.

Film Appearances:

Lodovico, Othello, Columbia, 1995.

Bradshaw, Mary Reilly, TriStar, 1996.

Robert "Robbie" Ross, Wilde (also known as Oscar Wilde), Sony Pictures Classics, 1997.

Trench, The Four Feathers, Miramax/Paramount, 2001.

Colin, Heartlands, Miramax, 2002.

Lucian, Underworld, Screen Gems, 2003.

Lord Oliver, Timeline, Paramount, 2003.

Miles, Bright Young Things, ThinkFilm, 2004.

Thorne Jamison, Laws of Attraction, New Line Cinema, 2004.

Title role, The Banker, Memory Box Films, 2004.

Harry Jones, Dead Long Enough, Media Luna Entertainment, 2005.

Priest, Kingdom of Heaven (also known as Koenigreich der Himmel and El reino de los cielos), Twentieth CenturyFox, 2005.

Jeremy, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, United International Pictures, 2005.

Lucian, Underworld: Evolution, Screen Gems, 2006.

Tony Blair, The Queen (also known as La regina), Miramax, 2006.

Simmons, Blood Diamond, Warner Bros., 2006.

Art Honeyman, Music Within, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2007.

Film Work:

Executive producer, The Open Doors (short film), 2004, Future Shorts, 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Joe, Gallowglass, BBC, 1993, then as a presentation of Mystery!, PBS, 1995.

Owen, Lost in France, 1998.

Emperor "Nero" Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, "Nero" segment, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, BBC, 2006.

Nero, The Battle for Rome, Discovery Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Voice of Wiglaf, Beowulf (also known as Animated Epics: Beowulf), HBO, 1998.

Voice of Angel, Doomwatch: Winter Angel, Channel 5, 1999.

Tony Blair, The Deal, Channel 4, 2003.

Mark Furness, Dirty Filthy Love, ITV, 2004.

Title role, Kenneth Williams; Fantabulosa!, BBC4, 2006.

Title role, H. G. Wells: War with the World, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Bright Smoke, BBC, 1998.

Narrator, The Man Who Jumped to Earth, BBC Wales, 1998.

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde, BBC, 2004.

Reader, Essential Poems for Christmas, BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

James, Sean's Show, 1993.

Philippe, "Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer," Maigret, Granada, 1993.

Thomas Jordan, The Grand, ITV, 1997.

News 24 Sunday, BBC, 2006.

Channel 4 News (also known as ITN Channel 4 News), Channel 4, 2007.

Tony Blair (in archive footage), "High Jinks/The Venom Hungers/The Dame," 60 Minutes, CBS, 2007.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

Double Yellow, BBC Wales, 2001.

iDot, 2004.

GMTV, ITV, 2004.

Richard & Judy, Channel 4, 2005.

Punk'd, MTV, 2006.

Breakfast, BBC, 2006.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2003, ITV, 2003.

(Uncredited) Tony Blair (in archive footage), XXI Premios Goya, 2007.

Radio Appearances; Series:

"The Handbag," The Classic Serial: West Pier, 1998.

"The Car," The Classic Serial: West Pier, 1998.

Also appeared in other BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service shows, including Alaska; The Blind Men; Composer of the Week-Berlioz; as Johnny, The Left Over Heart; as Jack, The Importance of Being Earnest; In Touch; The Life of Christ; Much Ado About Nothing; Sailing with Homer; Strangers on a Train; and White Merc with Fins.



Journey through "Timeline," Paramount Home Entertainment, 2004.

The Path to Redemption, Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2006.

Audio Books:

Poets of the Great War, Naxos Audiobooks, 1998.

Oedipus, Naxos Audiobooks, 1999.

A Lover's Gift: From Him to Her, Naxos Audiobooks, 2000.

Also reader for The Old Testament and Romeo and Juliet, and for the Naxos recordings Crime and Punishment, Dangerous Liaisons, Great Poets of the Romantic Age, The Idiot, Lady Windemere's Fan, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.



Empire, April 14, 2005.

Evening Standard, November 2, 2003; November 23, 2003.

Inside Film, January 19, 2005.

Interview, July, 2007, p. 34.

New York Times, December 12, 1999.

Observer, July 3, 2003; February 27, 2005.

Radio Times, March 11, 2006, p. 9.

Scotsman, September 17, 2003.

Spectator, September 4, 2003.

Total Film, July, 2003, p. 37.