Michael Sheen is a Welsh actor. After training at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he worked mainly in theatre throughout the 1990s and made notable stage appearances in Romeo and Juliet, Don’t Fool With Love, Peer Gynt, The Seagull, The Homecoming and Henry V. His performances in Amadeus at the Old Vic and Look Back in Anger at the National Theatre were nominated for Olivier Awards in 1998 and 1999 respectively. In 2003, he was nominated for a third Olivier Award for his performance in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2013, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Showtime’s television drama Masters of Sex.
Michael Christopher Sheen
Actor, Political Activist
Birthday / Date of Birth
Michael Sheen was born on the 5th February 1969, in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom.
He’s currently 50 years old.
Los Angeles, California, United States
He has Welsh, along with some parts of English and Irish ancestry.
Michael studied at Blaenbaglan Primary School and then moved to Glan Afan Comprehensive School in Port Talbot, Wales. Later, he went to Neath Port Talbot College and studied Drama, English and Sociology. In 1988, he 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, The Society of London Theatre granted the Laurence Olivier Bursary to him. In 1991, he graduated with a BA in acting.
- Father – Meyrick Sheen (British Steel Corporation Manager)
- Mother – Irene Sheen (Secretary)
- Siblings – Joanne (Younger Sister)
- Relatives – Charles Thomas Sheen (Paternal Grandfather), Jennett M. Davies (Paternal Grandmother)
Girlfriend / Spouse
Michael Sheen has dated –
- Kate Beckinsale (1995–2003) – English actress Kate Beckinsale met Michael Sheen while they were cast in The Seagull touring production in early 1995. They started dating each other soon after and the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lily Mo Beckinsale-Sheen in 1999 in London, England. Despite sharing a lot with Kate, Sheen never proposed to her which really embarrassed Kate. They separated in January 2003 on cordial terms and share a strong friendship.
- Lorraine Stewart (2004-2010) – Lorraine is a British ballet dancer who shared a long-term relationship with Sheen. They started going out in 2004 but eventually separated in 2010.
- Rachel McAdams (2010-2013) – Canadian actress Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen met while filming for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and started dating in September 2010. But, they had to part ways for both were planning for 2 different futures which collided with each other.
- Caitlin FitzGerald (2013) – Caitlin FitzGerald dated her Master of Sex co-star Michael Sheen in 2013. They had a short-lived relationship and were also spotted sharing a kiss during one of their day outs.
- Carrie Keagan (2013-2014) – Sheen started dating American TV personality Carrie Keagan in 2013. But, they were together only for a short period of time and wrapped things up in the following year.
- Sarah Silverman (2014–2017) – The romance between Sheen and stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman was first reported in 2014. They were happily together for a couple of years until Sheen decided to move back to the United Kingdom. Sarah has said that their relationship felt like an on-again-off-again one because of the distance. So, they decided to call it quits during the latter part of 2017 around Christmas.
- Anna Lundberg (2018-Present) – Michael is currently dating Swedish actress Anna Lundberg. In mid-2019 Sheen announced that he and his partner, Anna Lundberg, were expecting their first child together. The couple’s daughter, Lyra, was born 23 September 2019.
- In feet – 5 feet 10 inches
- In centimeters – 178 cm
- In meters – 1.78 m
- In Kilograms – 72 kg
- In Pounds – 159 lbs
- Measurements – 40-14-37
- Chest – 40 in or 102 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 14 in or 35.5 cm
- Waist – 37 in or 94 cm
Dark Brown (Natural)
His shoe size is 10.5 (US).
Michael made notable stage appearances in Romeo and Juliet (1992), Don’t Fool With Love (1993), Peer Gynt (1994), The Seagull (1995), The Homecoming (1997) and Henry V (1997). His performances in Amadeus at the Old Vic and Look Back in Anger at the National Theatre were nominated for Olivier Awards in 1998 and 1999 respectively. In 2003, he was nominated for a third Olivier Award for his performance in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse.
In 1995, Michael made his theatrical film debut as Lodovico in the romantic drama film Othello.
In 1993, he made his first television show appearance as Joe in the mini-series Mystery!: Gallowglass.
Michael Sheen has served as a brand ambassador for TREAT Trust Wales, Into Film, Keep Wales Tidy (Environmental Charity), Dylan Thomas Prize & UNICEF UK. Sheen has also served as a spokesperson for the UNICEF UK charity named For Every Child in Danger.
Michael Sheen Favorites
- Favorite Movie – A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
- Favorite Celebrity – Jeff Bridges
- Favorite Sports – Football
- Favorite Band – The Cure
- Favorite Color – Black
Michael Sheen Net worth
Michael Sheen has an estimated net worth of $9 million dollars as of 2019.
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Some Lesser Known Facts About Michael Sheen
- He was a good footballer and was 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.
- He inherited his acting talent from his parents, who were both involved in local amateur operas and musicals. His father also worked as a professional Jack Nicholson look-alike.
- Michael 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.
- In 1992, he appeared in the play Romeo and Juliet and Don’t Fool With Love the following year.
- In 1993, he also appeared in Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and made his television debut in BBC mini-series Gallowglass.
- In 1994, he landed the title role in the play Peer Gynt. In the same year, he performed in Le Livre de Spencer at a Paris theatre, and appeared in Charley’s Aunt at the ‘Royal Exchange.’
- In 1996, he appeared in The Ends of the Earth. His most significant stage performance so far came in 1997 when he played the title role in Henry V. In the same year, he appeared in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.
- In 1997, he also appeared in the biographical film Wilde where he played Robbie Ross.
- In 1998, he co-founded a production company called The Foundry to promote the works of new playwrights.
- In 2003, his role in the play Caligula earned him an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor and a Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor.
- In 2004, he starred in ITV’s comedy film Dirty Filthy Love. He was internationally recognized in 2006 for his portrayal of Tony Blair in The Queen.
- In 2004, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Television Actor and a RTS Best Actor Award for Dirty Filthy Love.
- In 2006, his portrayal of comic actor Kenneth Williams in the TV play Fantabulosa! won him an RTS Award for Best Actor.
- In 2008, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for the play Frost/Nixon. His role in the same play won him the ‘Variety Award’ at the 2008 ‘British Independent Film Awards.
- In 2009, he portrayed football manager Brian Clough in The Damned United.
- In 2010, he played a supporting role in the science fiction film ‘Tron: Legacy. In the same year, he appeared as a terrorist in Unthinkable.
- In 2010, he received a BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
- In 2011, he served as the creative director and also starred in the stage production of The Passion.
- In 2015, Sheen was cast opposite Carey Mulligan in the romantic drama Far from the Madding Crowd where he played a prosperous bachelor named William Boldwood.
- In 2018, Sheen was cast as unconventional lawyer Roland Blum in season 3 of television series The Good Fight.
- In October 2018, Sheen and Natasha Kaplinsky became Vice presidents of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
- In May 2019, Sheen starred alongside David Tennant in Good Omens, based on the novel of the same name written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and was cast as Chris Tarrant in the TV adaptation of James Graham’s stage play Quiz.
- In September 2019, Sheen plays the role of Martin Whitly on American television series Prodigal Son on Fox.