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MICHAEL SHEEN (Lucian) is recognized as one of the most talented of the new generation of British actors and is equally accomplished on stage and screen. 

Sheen's recent work includes Frost/Nixon, in which he reprised his Broadway and West End role as interviewer David Frost opposite Frank Langella as the disgraced former president. Film and stage versions were written by Peter Morgan (who also wrote The Queen). Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from both the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Awards. The play centers around Frost's lucrative 1977 offer to the disgraced former president to participate in a series of television interviews about the events that led Nixon to resign.

Sheen also appeared with Ron Livingston in Music Within, the story of Richard Pimentel, one of the early champions of the rights of the disabled and ultimately one of the primary activists behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sheen played Pimentel's best friend Art, a wheelchair-bound genius who uses wit to deflect the prejudice associated with his twisted form. 

He was also seen in Ed Zwick's Blood Diamond, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and played British Prime Minister Tony Blair in director Stephen Frears' acclaimed drama The Queen. Along with the film, Sheen received many accolades including the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Previously, Sheen portrayed Blair under Frears' direction in the television movie "The Deal.” The Queen marked Sheen's third collaboration with Frears. He 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 with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore, Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things, Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers and Wilde, with Stephen Fry and Jude Law.

Sheen trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 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 debut.

Sheen has since earned Olivier Award nominations for his work in "Amadeus,” "Look Back in Anger” and "Caligula,” for which he also won a London Critics Circle Award and the London Evening Standard Award. He has also 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 Peter Hall's revival of "Amadeus.” 

Born in Wales, Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, the industrial town renowned as the birthplace of Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins.


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