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Biography #2 (for Underworld)A highly regarded young British actor, Michael Sheen's popularity and critical acclaim in the theatre is quickly translating to the big screen with such upcoming high profile feature film projects as Bright Young Things, directed by Stephen Fry and co-starring Jim Broadbent, Dan Aykroyd and Stockard Channing; and the Richard Donner directed Timeline, with Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor.
Classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he won the SWET/Laurence Olivier Bursary Award, Sheen made his stage debut in the West End production of When She Danced for director Robert Ackerman. Soon after, under the direction of Declan Donellan, Sheen was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in Don't Fool With Love.
Sheen continued his theatre career and was nominated a second time for the Ian Charleson Award for Henry V at RSC. He returned to the Royal National Theatre for the production of Look Back In Anger for which he was nominated for the Olivier Award as well as the Evening Standard Award. Sheen complemented his theatrical career with roles in such films as Oliver Parker's Othello, Brian Gilbert's Wilde with Jude Law and Vanessa Redgrave, and Stephen Frears's Mary Reilly, starring Julia Roberts. His most recent theatrical success, playing Mozart in Sir Peter Hall's Amadeus, brought him from the West End to Broadway, as well as a nomination for the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Hot off the success of Amadeus, Sheen earned his first major role in an American studio film, Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers, starring opposite Heath Ledger and Wes Bentley for Miramax/Paramount. Following that, he landed the lead role in Miramax's upcoming film, Heartlands, for director Damien O'Donnell. He next prepares to star in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse in London and will play Tony Blair in Stephen Frear's made-for-television movie The Rivals.