Having recently noticed him in the excellent but non-historical Good Omens, I thought, hey, Micheal Sheen has surely been in some frock flicks, hasn’t he? Why yes, and stop calling him Shirley, ba-dum-ching! Joking aside, his presence is often the best part of a historical costume movie, elevating a weak one and making a good one sparkle.
Lodovico in Othello (1995)
Bradshaw in Mary Reilly (1996)
Thomas Jordan in The Grand (1997)
Robbie Ross in Wilde (1997)
William Trench in The Four Feathers (2002)
Miles Maitland in Bright Young Things (2003)
Lord Oliver in Timeline (2003)
Priest in Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Tony Blair in The Queen (2006)
David Frost in Frost/Nixon (2008)
Tommy Atkins in Resistance (2011)
William Boldwood in Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Dr. William Masters in Masters of Sex (2013-2016)
Malcolm Howe in Apostle (2018)
Aziraphale in Good Omens (2019)
OK, it’s not historical, but Sheen plays an angel who’s lived forever. One episode of the miniseries shows various historical times Aziraphale and the demon Crowley (played by David Tennant) have experienced together.
What’s your favorite historical costume role of Michael Sheen’s?
Now I want a Victorian series of Good Omens. Damn, but they both look good! And yes, Frost:Nixon is much too good a movie to leave out.
LOVED him in Far From the Madding Group, especially the scene where he sang
I meant “Crowd”. Darn auto-correct!
I’ve tried & failed to watch this & an earlier version of this story, sorry.
The 2002 version of “The Four Feathers” is my favorite. The other two I’ve seen are okay, but they don’t seem to have as much depth as the latest version to me. And watching John Clements pretending to be a North African native in the 1939 movie and Richard Johnson in blackface in the 1977-78 version struck me as a bit too much.
My favorite Michael Sheen role has to be William Boldwood in “Far From the Madding Crowd”. Although the 1998 miniseries is my favorite adaptation of Hardy’s novel.
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I’ve seen “Timeline” three times. I enjoyed it. The movie had a rare, brutal look at the medieval era.
Is it possible that he is wearing the costume from Othello in Good Omens? The doublet and ruff look similar in your screen shots.
I have to say Good Omens, he was just so ding-dang adorable as Aziraphale! Perfect casting.
Also, he was in late 18th century garb for like a hot second in the Twilight series (or at least it looks that way) but those movies are just…. well, you know. He pulls it off well at least.
Is it me, or does he resemble David Tennant in some of those pictures? Not 100%, but enough to pass for his cousin.
Robbie in Wilde. I live how he is there for both Oscar and Constance. I wish Oscar would have fallen for him and not the aristocratic twat, Bosie.
I loved him in The Queen. Not exactly a historical, but he was outstanding in his role. It’s not easy to hold the ground when Helen Mirren is in the same film.
Love him in Bright Young Things, as the campiest of the BYTs in an era when homosexuality was illegal. He has to flee the country this instant or face jail time, and says through his tears, “I can’t even pack!” And it has the fabulous Fenella Woolgar. And David Tennant as a sad geek (as if).
He was in a series about ancient Rome too, which I can’t comment on because I haven’t seen in and don’t know anything about Roman fashion. (But I did see some gifs and they were very pretty)
I LOVE Good Omens but I have a few complaints about the costumes 1793 scene. (And probably would have some about the other ones if I knew more about other eras.) Crowley is usually very up to date, but his suit and hair were inexplicably 1770’s.