Three-time BAFTA nominee MICHAEL SHEEN (David Frost) has gained a
prominent place among the talented new generation of British actors on stage and screen.
He earned a BAFTA nod for Best Supporting Actor in The Queen and garnered two more
for Best Actor in the television comedies Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! and Dirty
Filthy Love. The Queen also brought him the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best
Sheen was most recently seen on screen in Music Within, the story of Richard
Pimentel, an early champion of the rights of the disabled and a primary activist behind
the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sheen portrayed his best friend Art, a
genius who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses his wit to deflect the prejudice
associated with his twisted form.
Prior to that, he was seen in Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond, opposite Leonardo
DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, and as Prime Minister Tony Blair in Stephen Frears' The
Queen. The Queen marked Sheen's third collaboration with Frears. He first played the
British prime minister in Frears' television feature The Deal and made his feature film
debut in the director's Mary Reilly, playing Dr. Jekyll's footman.
Sheen's other feature film credits include Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven;
Laws of Attraction, starring with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore; Timeline, directed
by Richard Donner; Underworld; Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things; Shekhar Kapur's
The Four Feathers; Heartlands, directed by Damien O'Donnell (East Is East); and Wilde,
with Stephen Fry and Jude Law.
Sheen trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London where,
in his second year, he won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for consistently
outstanding performances. While still a student at RADA, Sheen landed a starring role
opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1991's When She Danced, which marked his West End
Sheen has since earned Olivier Award nominations for his performance as Mozart
in Peter Hall's revival of Amadeus, Look Back in Anger and Caligula, for which he also
won a London Critics' Circle Award and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award.
He has received acclaim for his performances in such plays as Romeo and Juliet, Peer
Gynt and Henry V. In 1999, Sheen made his Broadway debut, reprising the title role in
Most recently on stage, Sheen received a Distinguished Performance Award
nomination from the Drama League, among other accolades, for his Broadway stage
origination of the role of David Frost in Peter Morgan's play. This followed the sold-out
run in London, where Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from the Olivier
Awards and Evening Standard Awards.
At the beginning of this year, Sheen completed production in Underworld: Rise of
the Lycans, in which he reprises his role as the dark Lycan master Lucian. The film
marks the directorial debut of special-effects wiz Patrick Tatopoulos and stars Sheen and
Sheen most recently completed shooting The Damned United, which chronicles
the larger-than-life soccer manager Brian Clough's turbulent 44 days in charge of Leeds
United in 1974 (then one of England's most successful soccer teams). The film stars
Sheen as Clough and is directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams), with a screenplay by
Peter Morgan, based on David Pearce's novel.
Sheen is currently shooting the suspense thriller Unthinkable, directed by Gregor
Jordan. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Sheen, the story centers on a
seasoned FBI agent (Moss) in charge of investigating suspected terrorist organizations
with Muslim ties. When the FBI brings her in to help a black-ops interrogator (Jackson)
with the interrogation of an American-Muslim man (Sheen), she must face the moral
consequences of how far one should go to extract the truth from a
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