Photo of Michael Sheen Michael Sheen

A Welsh actor who built his career on portraying historical figures and pop-culture icons, Michael Sheen was born Feb. 5, 1969, in Newport, Wales. He shunned a potentially promising career as a professional footballer to study acting at the National Youth Theatre of Wales, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Sheen was well-respected on stage long before most moviegoers knew who he was. But his spot-on portrayal of British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2006's The Queen (opposite Oscar winner Helen Mirren) set Sheen up for higher-profile projects. He also played Blair in The Deal (2003) and the HBO film The Special Relationship (2010), which earned him an Emmy nod.

Sheen can also be seen in the Twilight saga as telepathic vampire leader Aro Volturi, and heard as the voice of the White Rabbit in director Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Michael Sheen in Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

2015 PG-13

In this period drama based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel, winsome Bathsheba Everdene wins the hearts of three disparate men: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, dashing soldier Frank Troy and William Boldwood, a moneyed older man.

  • Michael Sheen in Midnight in Paris Midnight in Paris
  • Michael Sheen in The Queen The Queen
  • Michael Sheen in Kill the Messenger Kill the Messenger
  • Michael Sheen in Tron: Legacy Tron: Legacy
  • Michael Sheen in The Spoils Before Dying The Spoils Before Dying
  • Michael Sheen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1
  • Michael Sheen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2
  • Michael Sheen in Masters of Sex Masters of Sex
  • Michael Sheen in Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland
  • Michael Sheen in The Twilight Saga: New Moon The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Michael Sheen in Admission Admission
  • Michael Sheen in Kingdom of Heaven Kingdom of Heaven
  • Michael Sheen in Music Within Music Within
  • Michael Sheen in The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
  • Michael Sheen in Underworld Underworld
  • Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon Frost/Nixon
  • Michael Sheen in Blood Diamond Blood Diamond
  • Michael Sheen in Underworld: Evolution Underworld: Evolution
  • Michael Sheen in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  • Michael Sheen in Unthinkable Unthinkable
  • Michael Sheen in The Four Feathers The Four Feathers
  • Michael Sheen in Timeline Timeline
  • Michael Sheen in Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Michael Sheen in Othello Othello
  • Michael Sheen in Bright Young Things Bright Young Things
  • Michael Sheen in The Damned United The Damned United
  • Michael Sheen in Beautiful Boy Beautiful Boy
  • Michael Sheen in The Special Relationship The Special Relationship
  • Michael Sheen in Oscar Wilde: Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde: Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde
  • Michael Sheen in Jesus Henry Christ Jesus Henry Christ
  • Michael Sheen in Heartlands Heartlands
  • Michael Sheen in Laws of Attraction Laws of Attraction
  • Michael Sheen in Dirty Filthy Love Dirty Filthy Love
  • Michael Sheen in My Last Five Girlfriends My Last Five Girlfriends
  • Michael Sheen in The Spoils of Babylon The Spoils of Babylon