Sheehan at the 2017 New York Comic Con
Robert Michael Sheehan
7 January 1988
|Alma mater||Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology|
Robert Michael Adam 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 and Simon Lewis in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
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 Portlaoise. Unsure of whether acting was a sustainable career choice, he studied film and television at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He missed several months of the course to film Summer of the Flying Saucer, and then failed his first year examinations, and decided not to attempt the repeats. Afterward, he spent some time performing stand-up comedy throughout Ireland.
Sheehan 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 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 Misfits. In April 2011, it was announced that Sheehan would not be returning to the show for the third season. Regarded as a "cult favourite", Sheehan connected "intensely" with the role, which he later described as "defining", and remarked it was "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. He accepted the part because he wanted to work with Stuart Carolan and Dave Caffrey, and featured in three seasons. After leaving the series, his character's ubiquitous blue hoodie was donated to the Dunamaise Theater in Portlaoise, and he remarked it was "tough to watch [the] show carry on without [me]". He was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for the role in 2011 and 2013.
Sheehan was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award in the Rising Star category in 2010. The following year, he starred in the film Killing Bono, and in John Crowley's production of The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic Theatre. Sheehan appeared in the second season of the BBC crime drama series Accused, which aired in 2012. He played Simon Lewis in the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and followed it with roles in Anita B., The Road Within, Moonwalkers, and The Messenger in 2014 and 2015. In late 2015, he played Richard III in Trevor Nunn's revival 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.
The Song of Sway Lake 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, for which he was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award. 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 appeared in several films; he starred alongside David Tennant in Bad Samaritan, appeared in the neo-noir film Mute, and starred in Mortal Engines in the leading role of Tom Natsworthy.
|2003||An Cuainín||Duncan's son||Short film|
|Song for a Raggy Boy||O'Reilly 58|
|A Dublin Story||Clocker||Short film|
|2008||Summer of the Flying Saucer||Danny|
|Lowland Fell||Mark||Short film|
|An Créatúr||Conor Buckley||Short film|
|2011||A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures||Ray||Voice role|||
|Season of the Witch||Kay|||
|Demons Never Die||Archie Eden|
|Killing Bono||Ivan McCormick|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Simon Lewis|
|The Road Within||Vincent|
|The Song of Sway Lake||Nikolai|
|Bad Samaritan||Sean Falco|
|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|
|Bel's Boys||Max||Episode: #2.10|
|2008||The Tudors||Apprentice||Episode: Everything Is Beautiful|
|Rock Rivals||Addison Teller||Series regular|
|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, Tina's Story|
|Me and Mrs Jones||Billy||Series regular|||
|2017||Fortitude||Vladek Klimov||Series regular (series 2)|
|2018||Genius: Picasso||Carlos Casagemas||4 episodes|
|The Young Offenders||Himself||Episode: Christmas Special|
|2019–present||The Umbrella Academy||Klaus Hargreeves||Main cast|
Awards and honours
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|||
|2012||IFTA||Actor in a Supporting Role – Television||Nathan Young – Misfits||Nominated|||
|2013||IFTA||Actor in a Lead Role – Television||Darren Treacy – Love/Hate||Nominated|||
|2017||IFTA||Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama||Vladek Klimov – Fortitude||Nominated|||
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