If you know Michael Sheen is a Welsh actor, also know that he’s popular for playing Tony Blair in films like The Special Relationship, The Queen, and The Deal. The BAFTA-winning actor is also famous for his numerous theater and film roles, including Aro in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and Lucian in Underworld. As of this writing, his latest film titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, in which he portrays Mudfly is slated for release on April 5, 2019 in the UK.
Neglecting his endeavors in the entertainment industry, Sheen is heavily involved in charity. He is Honorary Chairman of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and a patron of many UK charities including Stage and Heard, Healing Wounds, WGCADA and others. In 2010, he became the winner of the charity football match, Soccer Aid. He took things a step further in 2017 and founded a company offering more affordable ways to borrow, which he called End High Cost Credit Alliance. On top of all that, he is vice-president of the Royal Society of Public Health.
Who is Michael Sheen
If you check his records, you will find that the actor was born in Newport, Wales to Irene and Meyrick Sheen on February 5 and in 1969. It is said that his mother worked as a secretary and his father was a factory worker. a British steel company at the time of Michael’s birth. Apart from his parents’ normal work, they were also involved in theatrical activities and, according to Sheen, they played a major role in shaping the man he became.
When the time was right for Michael Sheen, after graduating from a higher institution, he took a bold step and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in acting. Sheen started acting in movie theaters in 1990 and starred in his first film, Gallowglass in 1993. It’s no secret that he landed his first professional role when he was in his senior year. at Rada. He played Alexandros Eliopolos in the Glenn Theater production of ‘When She Danced’, in 1991. The following year his performance in the Royal Exchange production of Romeo and Juliet earned him a nomination for the MEN Theater Awards.
A few years later (in 1995), he met Kate Beckinsale while working on The Seagull and ended up marrying her the same year. Even before the widespread attention Tony Blair inspired him in Michael Sheen’s pictures, he set up a production company he named The Foundry alongside Helen McCrory and Robert Delaware; it was in 1998.
Most people would agree that it was in the 2000s that Micheal Sheen started focusing more on film and his first big hit was Heartlands (2002). Between 2002 and 2003, the actor maintained an affair with theater and film until he achieved his big hit in the 2003 film, The Deal. His performance earned him BAFTA and Emmy nominations and the actor has never looked back since. Much more than just an actor, he is also a director; Sheen made his directorial debut in the production of The Passion.
Is he related to Charlie Sheen?
Contrary to popular assumptions, Welsh actor Michael Sheen is not related to American actor, Charlie Sheen. Michael Sheen said people always assumed he was related to the American Sheen family. Pointing out that this is not the case, he revealed that he had only met Martin Sheen – Charlie Sheen’s father – and has yet to meet Charlie Sheen.
Fun facts about the Welsh actor
1. Did you know Sheen’s first career choice was football? He was scouted and offered his place in the Arsenal youth team aged 12, but had to let it go because his family didn’t want to move.
2. To pay for college, Sheen worked at a Welsh fast food restaurant called Burger Master before being awarded the Laurence Olivier Scholarship by the Society of London Theatre.
3. Michael Sheen received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2009.
4. He was married to actress Kate Beckinsale from 1995 to 2003 and they have a daughter together.
5. Sheen also dated Sarah Silverman from 2014 to 2017. They were rumored to have split over Brexit. Get the facts about it here.