Michael Sheen ~ Aro
Michael Sheen was born on February 5, 1969 in Newport, Gwent, Wales. Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade–and appeared in several films–Michael Sheen was not really “discovered” by American audiences until his critically acclaimed turn as “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” in the 1999 Broadway revival of “Amadeus”.
The only son of Meyrick and Irene Sheen, the charming, curly-haired actor grew up a middle-class boy in the working-class town of Port Talbot, Wales. Although his parents worked in personnel, they shared with their two children a deep appreciation for acting, with Meyrick Sheen enjoying some success later in life as a Jack Nicholson impersonator.
As a young man, Michael Sheen turned down the opportunity to pursue a possible professional football career, opting to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Day-Lewis and Patrick Stewart by attending the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School instead of university. In his second year, he won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for consistently outstanding performances. While Sheen was still studying, he landed a pivotal role opposite stage legend Vanessa Redgrave in Martin Sherman‘s “When She Danced” (1991). He left school early to make his West End debut and has been dazzling audiences and critics with his intense and passionate performances ever since. Among his most memorable roles were “Romeo” in “Romeo and Juliet”, the title role in Yukio Ninagawa‘s 1994 Royal Shakespeare Company’s staging of “Peer Gynt” and “Jimmy Porter” both in a 1994 regional staging in a 1999 London revival of “Look Back in Anger”. A critic from the London Times panned the multimedia production of “Peer Gynt”, but praised Sheen for his ability to express “astonishing vitality despite lifeless direction”. Referring to Sheen’s performance in “Look Back in Anger”, Susannah Clapp of The Observer hailed him for his “luminous quality” and ability to be goaded and fiery and defensive all at the same time. Sheen also managed to set critics’ tongues wagging with a deft performance in the role of “Henry V”, not a part traditionally given to a slight, boyish-looking actor. One writer raved: “Sheen, volatile and responsive in an excellent performance, showed us the exhilaration of power and conquest”.
(Biography from IMDB)