Born: Feb. 5, 1969 Newport, Wales, UK
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Michael Sheen was born on February 5th, 1969 in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom. Even though he had a chance to pursue a career in football, Sheen decided to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. There he won the Laurence Olivier Bursary for consistently outstanding performances and in 1991 he landed a role opposite stage and screen legend Vanessa Redgrave in Martin Sherman’s When She Danced.
In 1993, he was seen in the stage productions Don’t Fool with Love with theatre troupe Cheek By Jowl and Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and made his television debut in the TV movie Gallowglass. In 1994, he was seen in the international tour of Peer Gynt and the next year made his feature film debut in Othello with Kenneth Branagh. In 1996, he was seen in Mary Reilly starring John Malkovich and Julia Roberts and the next year in Wilde where he played the lover of Oscar Wilde opposite Stephen Fry. He then took on the role of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus in London’s West End, making his Broadway debut later with the same role the next year.
In 2002, Sheen was seen in the films Heartlands with Mark Addy and The Four Feathers with Wes Bentley, Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson. He was busy in 2003 with Bright Young Things featuring Emily Mortimer and James McAvoy, Underworld with Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman and Timeline with Paul Walker and Gerard Butler. After 2004’s Laws of Attraction with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore, Michael appeared in 2005’s Dead Long Enough, Kingdom of Heaven with Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom and The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse.
2006 saw Michael playing the title role in the TV movie HG Wells: War with the World, returning to his role of Lucian in Underworld: Evolution, working in Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou and, most importantly, giving an incredible performance as British Prime Minister Tony Blair opposite Helen Mirren in The Queen.
2006 also saw Sheen return to the West End to portray David Frost in the play Frost/Nixon opposite Frank Langella. The pair followed that with a six month run on Broadway. In 2007, he was seen in Music Within with Ron Livingston. In 2008, he was seen reprising his stage role of David Frost in the Ron Howard adaptation of Frost/Nixon with Langella, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt. In 2009, he returned to to the role of Lucian in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans as well as being seen in The Damned United with Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent and My Last Five Girlfriends. For millions of Twilight fans, 2009 also saw Michael Sheen portraying the role of Aro in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
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