Monday, July 12, 2010
Actor Michael Sheen nominated for Emmy Award
Jul 10 2010 by Robin Turner, Western Mail
MICHAEL SHEEN’S father yesterday spoke of the family’s delight after the actor was nominated for a prestigious Emmy Award.
The Port Talbot star is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Tony Blair in political drama The Special Relationship.
And another Welshman, Flintshire-born Jonathan Pryce, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of widower Mr Buxton in the acclaimed BBC 1 period drama Return To Cranford.
The Emmy Awards – the US “television Oscars” – will be given out on August 29 in a ceremony to be broadcast live on NBC in America.
Sheen’s father Meyrick, a Baglan-based professional Jack Nicholson lookalike, said: “We are delighted for Michael and we will be wishing him all the best for the awards night.”
Sheen’s nomination for his highly-acclaimed portrayal of Tony Blair in The Special Relationship, a co-production between US network HBO and the BBC, is yet another example of the Port Talbot actor’s ability to portray real-life characters.
He has played Blair twice before, in the movie The Queen and in the TV film The Deal.
And Sheen also won rave reviews for his role as troubled Kenneth Williams on TV’s Fantabulosa! and for his portrayal of legendary interviewer David Frost in the film Frost/Nixon.
Mr Sheen added: “I think Michael’s ability to play Tony Blair is partly due to the fact he looks quite like him.
“Michael and myself have been involved in raising money for the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, using photographs of him and some of the characters he has played, including Tony Blair.
“I looked one day at Michael signing a photograph of Tony Blair and they looked like doubles, even down to the hair.
“But when you see him doing someone like Kenneth Williams or David Frost, who look quite different, he has an uncanny ability to capture them too,” he added.
The Special Relationship examines Blair’s friendship with former US president Bill Clinton, played by experienced American actor Dennis Quaid.
It will be broadcast on BBC 2 in the autumn.
The Special Relationship scored five nominations in all, including Best Screenwriter for Peter Morgan, who also penned the scripts for Frost/Nixon and The Queen.
British actors have a big share of this year’s nominations, with Return To Cranford listed in seven categories, including Best Actress for Dame Judi Dench.
Other British contenders are Sir Ian McKellen for his role in the remake of The Prisoner, Dame Maggie Smith for the Stephen Poliakoff drama Capturing Mary, Sir Michael Gambon for the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and Sir Patrick Stewart for Hamlet.
Hugh Laurie also gained his fifth Emmy nomination for House.