Michael Sheen is a Welsh actor best known for his starring role as Dr. William Masters, a pioneering reasearcher of human sexuality, in the period drama television series Masters of Sex, for which he also serves as a producer.
His performance on the series earned him a 2014 Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, as well as a Critics' Choice TV Award nomination.
Sheen also stars in Funny or Die's three-part miniseries spoof, The Spoils Before Dying. This is the follow-up to the 2014 miniseries, The Spoils of Babylon in which Sheen also starred.
Additionally, he appears in HBO's sports mockumentary 7 Days in Hell, which premiered at South by Southwest. The film stars Andy Samberg and Kit Harington, as well as Fred Armisen, Will Forte and Lena Dunham, among others.
Sheen starred in Thomas Vinterberg's film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel, Far from the Madding Crowd. Sheen took on the role of William Boldwood opposite Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba.
He also appears in the feature film Oppenheimer Strategies and can be seen in Walt Disney Pictures' Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Sheen has starred in three films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award: The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears; Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard; and Midnight in Paris, directed by Woody Allen.
He is known to millions as a vampire in the Twilight saga films and a werewolf in The Underworld franchise. His other feature credits include The Damned United, directed by Tom Hooper; Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland; and TRON: Legacy, directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Sheen's many award-winning stage performances include Caligula and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Theatre, as well as Hamlet at the Young Vic. He created, co-directed and performed in the groundbreaking three-day live event The Passion in Port Talbot, for National Theatre Wales.
On British television, Sheen earned awards for his performances in both Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! directed by Andy De Emmony, in which he played Mr. Williams; and Dirty Filthy Love, directed by Adrian Shergold.
On the NBC series 30 Rock he created the memorable characterization of Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) boyfriend, Wesley Snipes.
He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Tony Blair in HBO's The Special Relationship, directed by Richard Loncraine.
In 2009 he was honoured by the Queen with an O.B.E. for his services to Drama.