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Robert Michael Sheehan (Irish: Roibeárd Mícheál Ó Siodhacháin; born 7 January 1988) is an Irish actor. He is best known for television roles such as Nathan Young in Misfits, Darren in Love/Hate, and Klaus Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy, as well as film roles such as Tom Natsworthy in Mortal Engines. Sheehan has received three Irish Film and Television Awards nominations. He shared a BAFTA award with the cast of Misfits, and was nominated for a second. Sheehan was born in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland. He is the youngest of three children born to Maria and Joe Sheehan, who was a garda. Upon being confirmed, Adam was added to his name after Michael.
Sheehan at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Robert Michael Sheehan
(1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 31)
|Alma mater||Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology|
Robert Michael Sheehan (Irish: Roibeárd Mícheál Ó Siodhacháin; born 7 January 1988) is an Irish actor. He is best known for television roles such as Nathan Young in Misfits, Darren in Love/Hate, and Klaus Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy, as well as film roles such as Tom Natsworthy in Mortal Engines.
Sheehan was born in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland. He is the youngest of three children born to Maria and Joe Sheehan, who was a garda. Upon being confirmed, Adam was added to his name after Michael.
Sheehan attended St Paul's school in Portaloise. He studied film and television at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, but failed his first year examinations, and decided not to attempt the repeats.
Sheehan first became interested in acting in primary school, when he played Oliver in Oliver with a Twist. At the age of fourteen, he auditioned for Song for a Raggy Boy, and won the role, spending three months in Cork to film. He later joined the Laois Open Door theatre group, and played the crippled boy in a production of The Cripple of Inishmaan. At the age of 16, Sheehan appeared in the Australian television show Foreign Exchange. He followed it with roles in The Clinic and The Tudors, and portrayed Louis XIV of France in Young Blades. In 2008, he appeared Rock Rivals and Bitter Sweet, a two-part television comedy drama. During this time, he also appeared in films including Ghostwood.
After leaving the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Sheehan appeared in Summer of the Flying Saucer and starred as one of the lead characters in the Cherrybomb in 2009. In March 2009, he appeared in the role of BJ in the Channel 4 trilogy, Red Riding. Sheehan described the role as "weighty" and a "step up" from his previous work, and credits the show with changing his career.
From 2009 to 2010, he starred as a young offender named Nathan Young in the first two series of the E4 drama Misfits. In April 2011, it was announced that Sheehan would not be returning to Misfits for season three. Regarded as a "cult favourite", Sheehan described the role as "defining" and remarked it was a "challenging" to leave it behind. In May 2011 he was nominated for a BAFTA Award in the "Male Supporting Actor" category for his role in Misfits.
Beginning in 2010, he played Darren, a member of gangland Dublin in Love/Hate. Initially accepting the part because he wanted to work with Stuart Carolan and Dave Caffrey, he featured in three seasons. After leaving, his character's ubiquitous blue hoodie was donated to the Dunamaise Theater in Portlaoise, and he remarked it was "tough to watch a show carry on without you".
Sheehan was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award in the Rising Star category in 2010. He was chosen to redo the voice of Ray in A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures. That same year, Sheehan was chosen for the lead role in the British-Italian natural thriller film Bleak Sea. Sheehan played Kay in the 2011 US fantasy thriller, Season of the Witch. He starred in the film Killing Bono the same year. From 17 September to 26 November 2011, Sheehan starred in John Crowley's production of J. M. Synge's comic play The Playboy of the Western World, at the Old Vic Theatre. In October 2011, Sheehan starred in Demons Never Die. Sheehan appeared in the second season of the BBC crime drama series Accused. He played Romeo in Romeo and Brittney, completed in 2012.
He played Simon Lewis in the film City of Bones in 2013. Sheehan followed it with roles in Anita B., The Road Within, and Moonwalkers in 2014 and 2015. In late 2015 he played Richard Duke of Gloucester/Richard III in Trevor Nunn's revival at the Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames, of The Wars of the Roses, an adaption of William Shakespeare's plays Richard III and the three part Henry VI. In a 2018 interview with Hot Press, Sheehan described the role as his recent favourite, citing the "magic" and "transcendent experience" of being on stage.
Song of Sway Lake initially premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2017, and was released theatrically the following year. It was filmed prior to 2014, and reflecting on the role in 2019, Sheehan described himself as "immensely proud". During 2017, he also appeared in Geostorm and featured in the second season of Fortitude. In 2018, he appeared in Genius: Picasso as Carlos Casagemas and in The Young Offenders Christmas special as a caricatured version of himself. He also starred in Mortal Engines in the leading role of Tom Natsworthy, as well as starring alongside David Tennant in Bad Samaritan and in the neo-noir film Mute. In 2019, he starred in The Umbrella Academy as Klaus Hargreeves.
|2003||An Cuainín||Duncan's son||Short film|
|2003||Song for a Raggy Boy||O'Reilly 58|
|2003||A Dublin Story||Clocker||Short film|
|2008||Summer of the Flying Saucer||Danny|
|2008||Lowland Fell||Mark||Short film|
|2009||An Créatúr||Conor Buckley||Short film|
|2011||A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures||Ray||Voice only|
|2011||Season of the Witch||Kay|
|2011||Demons Never Die||Archie Eden|
|2011||Killing Bono||Ivan McCormick|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Simon Lewis|
|2014||The Road Within||Vincent|
|2017||The Song of Sway Lake||Nikolai|
|2018||Bad Samaritan||Sean Falco|
|2018||Mortal Engines||Tom Natsworthy|
|2004||Foreign Exchange||Cormac MacNamara||Series regular|
|2005||Young Blades||Louis XIV||Series regular|
|2006||The Clinic||Shane Hunter||Episode: #4.03|
|2006||Bel's Boys||Max||Episode: #2.10|
|2008||The Tudors||Apprentice||Episode: Everything Is Beautiful|
|2008||Rock Rivals||Addison Teller||Series regular|
|2008||Bitter Sweet||Liam||TV Miniseries|
|2009||Red Riding||BJ||TV Miniseries|
|2009–2010||Misfits||Nathan Young||Series regular (Seasons 1–2; 13 episodes, 1 internet mini-episode)|
|2010||Coming Up||Jason||Episode #5.07: Dip|
|2010–2013||Love/Hate||Darren||Series regular (Season 1–4; 18 episodes)|
|2011||The Borrowers||Spiller||Television film|
|2012||Accused||Stephen||2 episodes: Stephen's Story,
|2012||Me and Mrs Jones||Billy||Series regular|
|2017||Fortitude||Vladek Klimov||Series regular (series 2)|
|2018||Genius: Picasso||Carlos Casagemas||2 episodes|
|2018||The Young Offenders||Himself||Episode: Christmas Special|
|2019–present||The Umbrella Academy||Klaus Hargreeves||Series regular|
In September 2013, Sheehan was honoured by University College Dublin's Literary and Historical Society. In October 2015, he received the Burke Medal for Contribution to Discourse Through The Arts from Trinity College, Dublin's College Historical Society.
|2011||BAFTA||Supporting Actor||Nathan Young – Misfits||Nominated|
|IFTA||Actor in a Lead Role – Television||Darren Treacy – Love/Hate||Nominated|
|2013||IFTA||Actor in a Supporting Role – Television||Darren Treacy – Love/Hate||Won|
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