Biography of Robert Sheehan
Robert Sheehan is an Irish left-handed handsome man who played the immortal Nathan Young in the British television series Misfits/Bad. The role made the young man a popular and sought-after actor, and in 2010 he received a Rising Star nomination at the IFTA Awards.
Irish actor Robert Sheehan
Childhood and youth
The third child in the family of policeman John and housewife Maria Sheehan from the Irish town of Port Lewis was named Robert Michael (Robert Michael Sheehan). The older children, Brandon and Shauna, took care of the baby, who, with his curls, wide eyes and charming smile, looked like a pretty angel.
Robert Sheehan and his family
When the boy grew up, he was sent to study at St. Paul’s School, where Robbie liked the circle of folk instruments the most. He learned to play the bowran (Irish tambourine), mastered the banjo and wooden spoons, and was a member of an orchestra that won the Fleadh Cheoil Irish Traditional Song Contest almost every year.
Robert Sheehan in high school
There, at school, Sheehan first tried his hand at acting, playing Oliver Twist in an amateur theater. Robert remembered the applause and sincere admiration of his first audience and began to watch movies on TV with his mother, then imitating his favorite actors. Sheehan dreamed of playing with Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp and becoming famous later.
Robert Sheehan as a child
Maria, noticing her son’s passion, helped him get to the casting, practically became his personal psychologist, driver and manager, until Robert got his first movie roles. Sheehan also tried to get a higher education at the Galway Mayo University of Technology, but immediately after the first year he left his studies for a further acting career.
Robert celebrated his fifteenth birthday with his debut in the historical drama Ashlyn Walsh about the Second World War “A Song for an Outcast”, where he played one of the students of a closed school.
Robert Sheehan in the movie “Song for the Outcast”
The extraordinary appearance and talented play of the debutant were remembered, and soon the teenager received small roles in such series as Rise and Clinic. Sheehan then played Cormac McNamara in the fantasy series The Mysterious Portal and King Louis IV in the action drama The Young Musketeers.
The next step in Robert’s career was the episodic role of a student in the historical melodrama The Tudors. He had few lines, but Sheehan met Sam Neill, Callum Blue, Natalie Dormer on the set, from whom he learned a lot.
The young actor got his first major role in Martin Duffy’s family film “Summer of Flying Saucers”, where he plays a fifteen-year-old teenager Danny who fell in love with an alien.
Robert Sheehan in his youth
The drama Cherry Bomb, in which Robert joined Rupert Grint and Nyamm Quinn, became a turning point in Sheehan’s acting career. His fame and popularity have increased many times over and the young man is invited to the fantastic melodramatic series “Dregs”.
The main characters of the series are London gopniks serving their sentences in the form of community service. After a mysterious thunderstorm, they all received superpowers – each has its own. The hero of Nathan, a joker and the soul of the company, receives immortality, gets into amazing situations due to his impulsive nature, in which the most unexpected and hidden traits of his character appear.
The role of Nathan glorified Robert, but after season 2 he left the series
The actor unexpectedly showed character at the announcement of the third part of the series, refusing to act further, despite the wild success of the picture in the UK. But the Hollywood project about the Middle Ages “The Time of the Witches” by Dominic Sena loomed on the horizon and Sheehan, who was offered the role of the knight Kai, gladly agreed, because he had to work with Ron Perlman, Nicolas Cage, Claire Foy.
Robert Sheehan in Season of the Witch
Spiteful critics claimed that he left the series as soon as a better offer appeared. However, it is not. He made the decision to leave long before the audition for The Time of the Witches. It’s just that the actor realized that he was getting cramped within the framework of one character. There were rumors that Nathan would reappear in the next season 4 of Misfits, but this never happened in the fourth nor in the fifth, which was the last due to low ratings.
When beloved Irish director David Caffrey invited Robert to star in the TV series Love. Hate”, the actor, without even reading the script, agreed to the role of gang leader Darren Tracy in this crime drama. Then there was Simon Lewis in the German-Canadian adventure film by Harold Zwart “The Mortal Instruments. City of Bones” paired with Lily Collins and Elijah in Robert Faenza’s drama about the prisoner of Auschwitz “Anita B.” paired with Elaine Powell.
Robert Sheehan in Love. Hatred”
In 2015, together with Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman, Sheehan starred in the action comedy Moon Scam, and with Joely Richardson in the thriller The Messenger. The following years were marked by the iconic roles of the actor in the films “Geostorm” (Duncan), “Genius” (Carlos Casagemas), “Mute” (Luba), “Monster’s Lair” (Sean Falco).
Robert Sheehan in Geostorm
At the end of 2018, Robert reincarnated as Tom Natsworthy in Christian Rivers’ fantasy thriller Chronicles of Predatory Cities. On set, Sheehan worked alongside Hera Hilmar and Hugo Weaving.
In 2019, Andrew Bershtein and Peter Hall launched the Umbrella Academy project. In the fantasy series, the actor plays Klaus, a student of the academy endowed with superpowers – he can talk with spirits.
Robert Sheehan in The Umbrella Academy
Sheehan devotes a lot of time to sports, visiting the pool and gym, and also dreams of conquering Hollywood and becoming on a par with Oscar-winning actors.
Personal life of Robert Sheehan
Charming handsome man has not yet been married. A lover of noisy parties, traveling in friendly companies, a universal favorite and a merry fellow has not yet met his soul mate. Numerous novels and relationships with girls did not lead Robert to think about family life. However, not only with girls: according to the actor, in his youth he experimented with guys, but now he identifies himself as a heterosexual.
Only the actress and model Sofia Boutella, the star of the film The Mummy, managed to settle down a little young womanizer in 2014, despite the six-year age difference. But the couple did not talk about the wedding, as well as about the birth of children. After a four-year romance, they broke up – they were unable to maintain a relationship at a distance, but they remained friends.
Robert Sheehan and Sofia Boutella
Previously, Robert stated that he could hardly build a relationship with an outwardly unattractive person for him: “I would be depressed all the time about this.” As he grew older, he changed his mind:
Now I am attracted to people with personality, sense of humor and crazy. A sense of humor is basically a barometer of intelligence.
Russian viewers could notice an incredible resemblance to Vladimir Korenev, the amphibious man of Soviet cinema.
Vladimir Korenev and Robert Sheehan look alike
Robert Sheehan now
Demanded and talented, Robert Sheehan tries himself in the most controversial images. Together with actress and producer Hailee Steinfeld, fans will see the actor in Dustin Lance Black’s comedy film The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. And director Joe Stephenson invited the actor to embody the image of Dorian in the God’s Game project.
Robert Sheehan now