Michael Sheen Biography

Michael Christopher Sheen is a renowned Welsh actor known for his exceptional work in both stage productions and films. With a strong background in theatre, he has delivered brilliant performances in plays such as ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Don’t Fool With Love,’ and ‘Peer Gynt.’ Described as “the most exciting actor of his generation,” Sheen has been nominated for prestigious awards for his performances in ‘Amadeus,’ ‘Caligula,’ and ‘Frost/Nixon.’ In addition to his acting career, he has also directed plays and co-founded theater companies to support emerging playwrights.

Quick Facts

  • Name: Michael Christopher Sheen
  • Age: 54 Years
  • Gender: Male
  • Family:
    • Father: Meyrick Sheen
    • Mother: Irene Sheen
    • Siblings: Joanne Sheen
    • Children: Lily Mo Sheen, Lyra Sheen
  • Partner: Anna Lundberg (2019–present), Kate Beckinsale (1995–2003)
  • Born Country: Wales
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm)
  • City: Newport, Wales
  • Education: Glan Afan Comprehensive School, Neath Port Talbot College, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Childhood & Early Life

Michael Sheen was born on February 5, 1969, in Newport, Wales, to Irene Thomas and Meyrick. His mother was a secretary and his father was a ‘British Steel Corporation’ manager. He has a younger sister named Joanne. When he was five, the family moved to Wallasey and after three years, they settled in Port Talbot.

Sheen attended ‘Blaenbaglan Primary School’ and ‘Glan Afan Comprehensive School.’ He then studied English, sociology, and drama at ‘Neath Port Talbot College.’ Despite being offered a place in Arsenal’s youth team when he was 12, he could not accept the offer as his family refused to relocate to London. He soon lost interest in playing football.

Career

Sheen inherited his acting talent from his parents, who were both involved in local amateur operas and musicals. During his teenage years, he started performing with ‘West Glamorgan Youth Theatre’ and ‘National Youth Theatre of Wales,’ which taught him the nuances of acting and work ethics.

In 1988, Sheen attended the ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’ (RADA). He also worked in a fast food restaurant to earn money to fund his studies. In his second year at ‘RADA,’ he was granted the ‘Laurence Olivier Bursary’ by ‘The Society of London Theatre.’ He graduated with a BA in acting in 1991.

Sheen mainly worked in theatres during the initial years of his career. In 1991, while he was still in his final year at ‘RADA,’ he performed his first professional role in ‘When She Danced’ at the ‘Globe Theatre.’ He continued to appear in various plays and made his television debut in the ‘BBC’ mini-series ‘Gallowglass’ in 1993.

From 2002, Sheen began devoting more time to films. He had his first leading film role in ‘Heartlands’ in 2002 and appeared in various other films such as ‘Underworld’ and ‘Timeline.’ He also continued to work in theatres and received critical acclaim for his performances in plays like ‘Caligula’ and ‘Hamlet.’

From 2013 to 2016, Sheen produced and starred in Showtime’s period drama series ‘Masters of Sex,’ for which he received a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination. He also appeared in several movies and television series, including ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Good Omens.’

Major Works

Sheen’s portrayal of Tony Blair in the film ‘The Deal’ was highly appreciated, earning him nominations and critical acclaim. His performance in ‘Fantabulosa!’ and ‘Frost/Nixon’ also received praise from critics. His work in the TV series ‘Masters of Sex’ was appreciated for its imperative approach.

Awards & Achievements

Sheen has received several nominations and awards throughout his career. He has been nominated for ‘MEN Theatre Award,’ ‘Ian Charleson Award,’ ‘Laurence Olivier Award,’ ‘Evening Standard Award,’ ‘Critics’ Circle Theatre Award,’ ‘BAFTA Award,’ ‘RTS Best Actor Award,’ ‘Variety Award,’ ‘BAFTA Britannia Award,’ and more.

Personal Life

Sheen has been in relationships with actresses Kate Beckinsale and Rachel McAdams, ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart, and actress Sarah Silverman. He is currently dating Swedish actress Anna Lundberg and they are expecting a child together. Sheen is involved in various charitable organizations and serves as an ambassador and patron for several causes and awards.

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