Michael Sheen, known for being a political activist, is an accomplished actor and thespian. Born in Newport, Wales on 5 Feb. 1969, Sheen is a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
During the 1990s, Sheen spent much of his time working on staged productions. While a 1992 staged performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” ranks highly for Sheen fans, other plays the thespian appeared in includes but is not limited to the Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” (1995), the Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” (1997) and the Shakespeare’s “Henry V” (1997).
Sheen’s performances in “Amadeus” (1998) and “Look Back in Anger” (1999) staged at the Old Vic and at the National Theatre, respectively, saw the thespian earn Olivier Awards. His third Olivier Award nomination came in 2003 for his performance in Albert Camus’ “Caligula” at the Donmar Warehouse.
Sheen’s fourth Olivier Award nomination came in 2006 for his portrayal of British broadcast journalist David Frost in the Peter Morgan written stage play “Frost/Nixon.” For this theatrical performance, Richard Nixon was played by extraordinarily talented Frank Langella.
While many people remember the actor for playing British politician Tony Blair in “The Deal” (2003), “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special Relationship” (2010), there is no getting away from speaking of the way in which he brought to the big screen David Frost in the 2008 Ron Howard directed historical period drama “Frost/Nixon.”
With a screenplay written by Peter Morgan, as that which was seen with the stage play, Nixon was once again played by Langella.
Like a lot of British actors, Sheen is just as comfortable treading the boards for live theatrical performances as a thespian as he is for working in front of the camera for television and film productions.
While theatre is one of Sheen’s main passions, the actor has appeared in various biographical productions revolving around people of historical importance to the British Isles. While many people might not consider Blair historically important, he was one of a few people that has represented the United Kingdom as the British Prime Minister.
In 2006, Sheen was nominated for and won Best Supporting Actor awards at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, the New York Film Critics Online Awards, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards and the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for his performance as British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the Stephen Frears directed biographical drama “The Queen.”
In the same year, Sheen played the title character in the directed biographical dramedy “Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!”
Many people are familiar with Williams because of the acting work he did in the so-called “Carry On” films.
Beginning in 1958 with the Gerald Thomas directed war comedy “Carry On Sergeant,” Williams appeared in no fewer than 25 “Carry On” films. The biographical dramedy Sheen appeared in was based on William’s personal diaries.
Sheen recently completed work on “Slaughterhouse Rulez” and “Apostle,” directed by Crispian Mills and Gareth Evans, respectively. With all filming on these productions having been completed, the actor is no working on the mini-series comedy fantasy “Good Omens,” scheduled to hit television screens in 2019.
While the actor has accomplished significantly more than that which is mentioned here, this article is designed to highlight to readers it is the Welsh actor’s birthday.
In addition to Sheen, other entertainment professionals born on his day includes:
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