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

Sheen was most recently seen—and heard—in a wide range of performances: as Aro, the leader of the vampire royalty Volturi, in the blockbuster second chapter of the "Twilight” saga, "New Moon”; as Brian Clough in "The Damned United,” the darkly humorous story of the confrontational former Leeds United boss's doomed 44-day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football in 1974, with Sheen's performance receiving accolades both in the United States and the United Kingdom; as the voice of the White Rabbit in Tim Burton's box-office hit "Alice in Wonderland”; in his starring role in the last of the Tony Blair trilogy, "The Special Relationship,” for which he has received an Emmy® nomination; and a recurring role on the hit comedy series "30 Rock.”

Among Sheen's upcoming projects are: opening next year, "Beautiful Boy,” in which Sheen stars with Maria Bello, playing a married couple on the verge of separation when they must deal with the news that their son committed a mass shooting at his college before taking his own life.

Sheen recently completed work on the comedy "Jesus Henry Christ,” opposite Toni Collette. The film is based on writer/director Dennis Lee's Student Academy Award®-winning short film of the same name. Sheen plays Dr. Slavkin O'Hara, a professor and best-selling author who seems to have it all, albeit at the expense of his only daughter. The film is produced by Red Om's Julia Roberts, Philip Rose and Lisa Gillan, along with Sukee Chew of Hopscotch Pictures.

Sheen has also completed Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris.” Set in the City of Light, the romantic comedy centers around a family traveling to the French capital for business.

Sheen's other recent starring film credits include two hits—the Academy Award® Best Picture nominee "Frost/Nixon,” directed by Ron Howard from Peter Morgan's screen adaptation of his play, in which he starred as David Frost; and "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” the prequel to the popular franchise.

Another notable recent film role came 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 played Pimentel's best friend Art, a wheelchair-bound genius, who uses his wit to deflect the prejudice associated with his twisted form.

Prior to "Music Within,” he was featured in Ed Zwick's "Blood Diamond,” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, and as Prime Minister Tony Blair in Stephen Frears' acclaimed drama "The Queen.” Sheen received many accolades for his performance, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and a B.A.F.T.A. nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He previously portrayed the British Prime Minister, also under Frears' direction, in the television movie "The Deal.” "The Queen” marked Sheen's third collaboration with Frears. Sheen made his feature film debut in the director's "Mary Reilly” as Dr. Jekyll's footman, along with a cast that included Julia Roberts, John Malkovich and Glenn Close.

Sheen's other film credits include Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven,” opposite Julianne Moore in "Laws of Attraction,” Richard Donner's "Timeline,” Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things,” Shekhar Kapur's "The Four Feathers,” alongside Stephen Fry and Jude Law in "Wilde” and opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Carrie-Anne Moss in Gregor Jordan's "Unthinkable.”

Sheen trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and in only his second year there, won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for his consistently outstanding performances. While still a student at R.A.D.A., Sheen landed a starring role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1991's "When She Danced,” which marked his West End debut.

Sheen has since earned an Olivier Award nomination for his performance as Mozart in the West End production of Peter Hall's revival of "Amadeus,” which transferred to Broadway in 1999 with Sheen reprising his role, this serving as his Broadway debut.

He received Olivier Award nominations for his performances in "Look Back in Anger” and "Caligula,” for which he won a London Critics Circle Award and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in 2003. He also received acclaim for his performances in "Romeo and Juliet,” "Peer Gynt” and "Henry V.”

On television, Sheen's credits include his heartbreaking portrayal of comic performer Kenneth Williams in the BBC's "Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!”—Sheen received a B.A.F.T.A. nomination and the 2006 Royal Television Society Best Actor Award. He also received a 2005 B.A.F.T.A. nomination for his performance in the drama "Dirty Filthy Love.”

During the summer of 2007, Sheen starred on Broadway in the hit "Frost/Nixon,” in which he played Frost to Frank Langella's Nixon. Sheen received a Distinguished Performance Award nomination from the Drama League for his work, among other accolades. This followed the sold-out run in London, where Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Awards.

Sheen returns to the stage next year starring in "Hamlet,” which will premiere at the Young Vic in London. He is spearheading the production with director Ian Rickson, who directed Jez Butterworth's hit "Jerusalem” and whom Sheen approached to direct the play. In January 2009, Sheen was announced on The Queen's annual honors list as being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for his contributions to the arts.

Born in Wales, Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, the industrial town renowned for producing Richard Burton and Sir Anthony Hopkins.


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