Thursday, April 21, 2011

Michael Sheen

Michael Christopher Sheen, OBE (born 5 February 1969) is a Welsh film and stage actor. Having worked with screenwriter Peter Morgan on five films, Sheen has become known for his portrayals of well-known public figures: Tony Blair in The Deal, The Queen, and The Special Relationship, David Frost in the stage production and film version of Frost/Nixon, and Brian Clough in The Damned United. He also played the Lycan Lucian in all three of the Underworld films, the vampire Aro in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and more recently, the role of Castor in Tron: Legacy. Sheen was born in Newport, Wales to Irene (née Thomas) and Meyrick Sheen, both of whom worked in personnel management. His father is also a part-time professional Jack Nicholson look-alike. He has a younger sister, Joanne. His great-great-great grandfather was an immigrant from Waterford, Ireland who changed his surname from "Sheehan" to "Sheen". When Sheen was five, the family moved to Liverpool, where he became a lifelong Liverpool F.C. fan. He returned to his parents' home of Port Talbot, Wales three years later, where he attended Glan Afan Comprehensive School and played football for Baglan boys club.

Sheen was offered a trial at Arsenal FC after being spotted by the father of Tony Adams during a family holiday at Pontin's on the Isle of Wight, but chose to pursue an acting career instead. He recalled: "I was wearing a Swansea kit at the time, so everyone called me Swansea, which I hated. Tony Adams was playing against me and I skinned him a few times, so I must have made an impression." Deciding not to take the trial as it would have meant the family leaving Port Talbot for London, he lost interest in football in his early teens as football became a more physical game. Sheen became interested in the theatre through both school study and parents being members of the local amateur dramatic group, which resulted in Sheen joining the West Glamorgan Youth theatre, where he was a contemporary of writer Russell T Davies. After leaving school, Sheen accepted a place to study acting at the National Youth Theatre of Wales in Cardiff and then trained at the internationally renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During his second year at RADA he scored his first starring role, opposite Vanessa Redgrave in When She Danced. Sheen soon established himself as one of the most promising talents on the theatrical scene, notably being cast as Mozart in Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus, which was staged at the Old Vic Theatre and directed by Sir Peter Hall. He later reprised this role on Broadway.

His television screen debut came in 1993 in the BBC drama serial, Gallowglass (based on the novel by Ruth Rendell), He then gained roles in the films Wilde (1997) (in which he played Robbie Ross), Mary Reilly. However, he remained primarily a stage actor, having starred in high-profile productions of Henry V, Peer Gynt, The Dresser, Caligula and Look Back in Anger, among others. In 2003, he appeared with Kate Beckinsale in the gothic action film Underworld as the werewolf Lucian. Salon critic Andrew O'Hehir commented that while the "... entire movie is full of campy overacting. Brolly and Sheen seem to have been selected for their talents in this regard." Sheen has also appeared with Beckinsale in the season seven premiere of Punk. He quickly gained a reputation for playing real-life characters. He played Tony Blair in the Channel 4 drama The Deal and later, in the film The Queen. He has also played Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa! on BBC Four, H. G. Wells in H G Wells: War with the World on BBC Two, and in 2006, he played Nero in the BBC's Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. At the 2005 British Academy Television Awards, Sheen was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in the TV drama, Dirty Filthy Love, in which he played a man with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

In 2007, he received two BAFTA nominations, this time for Best Supporting Actor in a Film, for his performance in The Queen, and for Best Television Actor, for his role in Fantabulosa; once again, he was unsuccessful in both cases. Later that year, he played David Frost in the critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, which later transferred to the Gielgud Theatre before heading to Broadway in 2007. He has reprised the role in the 2008 Ron Howard-directed film adaptation. In 2007, he read Paul Torday's novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. The same year, Sheen was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In March 2009 Sheen played Brian Clough to critical acclaim in Peter Morgan's adaptation of David Peace's novel The Damned Utd, based on Clough's 44-day spell in charge of Leeds United. The same year, he co-starred as the vampire Aro in the second installment of the Twilight film series, New Moon, released on November 20. He was the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" on the November 22, 2009 edition of Top Gear. November 2009 also saw the release of the DVD Michael Sheen presents You're The Boss, a documentary comedy celebrating the game's greatest football managers and the highs and lows of football management. In 2010, Sheen appeared in the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland, alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.

In the same year, he also had a cameo role in the British independent film My Last Five Girlfriends; co-starred in American thriller Unthinkable, alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Carrie-Anne Moss; and starred in the third installment of Peter Morgan's Blair trilogy, The Special Relationship co-starring Dennis Quaid as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton. Later that year, he was also seen in Disney science fiction sequel Tron: Legacy and Beautiful Boy, an independent movie by Shawn Ku. Sheen made a guest appearance in four season 4 episodes of NBC's 30 Rock as Wesley Snipes, a love interest for the show's protagonist Liz Lemon played by Tina Fey. In July 2010, Sheen filmed an edition of the BBC Wales TV series Coming Home, which spotlights celebrities with Welsh roots exploring their family history. The programme was transmitted on 24 November 2010 on BBC One Wales (also available on various satellite services). In August 2010, Sheen portrayed a Garry Kasparov type character in the music video for the Manic Street Preachers single "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love" opposite Anna Friel. Sheen said it came about as he is a friend of lead singer James Dean Bradfield from the band.

In 2011, Sheen is to be seen in the film Jesus Henry Christ with Toni Collette, the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, and is set to star in the film adaptation of Resistance, based on the Owen Sheers novel of the same name, having co-written the screenplay with director Amit Gupta. Sheen is also set to star and creative direct a staging of the Passion play in his hometown of Port Talbot over Easter. This is being made into a film and is to be directed by Dave McKean. He will then later return to the stage to play the role of Hamlet at the Young Vic Theatre in October 2011. The play will be directed by Ian Rickson. Confirmed by the actor (and re-confirmed by author Neil Gaiman), he will be guest starring in an episode from the episode 4 of the sixth series of Doctor Who in 2011, but this will be as a "voice" only (rumoured to be an Ood character). In 2012, Sheen will return as Aro, in the second part of Breaking Dawn, the adaptation of the fourth novel in the Twilight Saga. On 15 July 2008, Sheen was awarded the freedom of the borough of Neath Port Talbot, making him one of the youngest people to receive the honour and putting him amongst a select group of people including Sir Anthony Hopkins. Sheen was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. He was named Actor of the Year in GQ Magazine's 2009 Men of the Year Awards. Michael Sheen captained the winning Rest Of The World team against an England team in the 2010 Soccer Aid, a British charity match for UNICEF UK. He is one of the Honorary Patrons of the London children's charity Scene & Heard. Mark Jones, the Manager of Port Talbot Town FC announced that they offered the Vice-Presidency of their club to Sheen and he accepted.

Michael Sheen great smile

Michael Sheen beautiful eyes