MCM: Michael Sheen


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)

Othello (1995)

As Desdemona’s cousin, Sheen gets the fanciest costume in this production.


Bradshaw in Mary Reilly (1996)

Michael Sheen, Mary Reilly (1996)

He’s just a servant here, but cute curls.


Thomas Jordan in The Grand (1997)

Michael Sheen, The Grand (1997)

Just in one episode!


Robbie Ross in Wilde (1997)

Michael Sheen, Wilde (1997)

One of Oscar Wilde’s sweet young lovers.


William Trench in The Four Feathers (2002)

Michael Sheen, The Four Feathers (2002)

I’ve tried & failed to watch this & an earlier version of this story, sorry.


Miles Maitland in Bright Young Things (2003)

Michael Sheen, Bright Young Things (2003)

Posh people in the ’30s doing rotten stuff to themselves!


Lord Oliver in Timeline (2003)

Timeline (2003)

Kendra says this is an awful movie — click the title for proof!


Priest in Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Michael Sheen, Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Every single photo of men in this movie is just Orlando Bloom, so I guess this is Michael Sheen on the left.


Tony Blair in The Queen (2006)

Michael Sheen, The Queen (2006)

Too modern for us, but someone will bitch if I leave it out (and he makes the PM look adorably sexy, wut up?).


David Frost in Frost/Nixon (2008)

Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon (2008)

Also too modern, but damn, this is an excellent film.


Tommy Atkins in Resistance (2011)

Michael Sheen, Resistance (2011)

‘”D-Day has failed, Britain is under occupation.”


William Boldwood in Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Far From the Madding Crowd

Michael Sheen is by far the best thing in this otherwise meh adaption of one of my favorite author’s novels.


Dr. William Masters in Masters of Sex (2013-2016)

Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex (2013-2016)

Getting serious about sex in the ’60s!


Malcolm Howe in Apostle (2018)

Michael Sheen, Apostle (2018)

A creepy horror flick set around the 1900s (also starring Dan Stephens of Downton Abbey).


Aziraphale in Good Omens (2019)

Michael Sheen, 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.

Michael Sheen, Good Omens (2019) Michael Sheen, Good Omens (2019) Michael Sheen, Good Omens (2019)



What’s your favorite historical costume role of Michael Sheen’s?


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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

11 Responses

  1. Lynne Connolly

    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.

  2. Rhonda

    LOVED him in Far From the Madding Group, especially the scene where he sang

  3. ljones1966

    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.

    Kendra says this is an awful movie

    I’ve seen “Timeline” three times. I enjoyed it. The movie had a rare, brutal look at the medieval era.

  4. Elyse

    Is it possible that he is wearing the costume from Othello in Good Omens? The doublet and ruff look similar in your screen shots.

  5. Saraquill

    Is it me, or does he resemble David Tennant in some of those pictures? Not 100%, but enough to pass for his cousin.

  6. Susan Pola Staples

    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.

  7. darlenemarshall

    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.

  8. Kelly

    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).

  9. Vince

    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.