Already a leader in his field of obstetrics and gynecology, the repressed Dr. William Masters is intent on exploring the nature of human sexuality and how the body responds during sexual stimulation. With the assistance of his more uninhibited research associate Virginia Johnson, he's conducting a groundbreaking study that was regarded as lewd and inappropriate by the hospital where he was working and subsequently fired. Masters and Johnson's own participation in the study has led to him developing feelings for his associate, and the consequences of their complicated bond threaten both his marriage and career. With his professional reputation and personal relationships in jeopardy, where will Masters go from here?
Michael Sheen has proved himself equally accomplished on both stage and screen. His many award-winning stage performances include CALIGULA and FROST/NIXON at the Donmar, and HAMLET at the Young Vic. He created, co-directed, and performed in the groundbreaking three-day live event THE PASSION IN PORT TALBOT for National Theatre Wales.
Sheen has starred in three films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award: THE QUEEN, directed by Stephen Frears, FROST/NIXON, directed by Ron Howard, and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, directed by Woody Allen.
He is known to millions as a vampire in THE TWILIGHT SAGA films and a werewolf in the UNDERWORLD franchise. His other feature credits include THE DAMNED UNITED, directed by Tom Hooper; Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND; and TRON: LEGACY, directed by Joseph Kosinski.
On British television, Mr. Sheen earned awards for his performances in both Kenneth Williams: FANTABULOSA!, directed by Andy De Emmony, in which he played Mr. Williams, and DIRTY FILTHY LOVE, directed by Adrian Shergold. On the NBC series 30 ROCK, he created the memorable characterization of Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) boyfriend, Wesley Snipes. Most recently, he made an appearance in the IFC miniseries spoof THE SPOILS OF BABYLON, opposite Kristen Wiig.
He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Tony Blair in HBO's THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP, directed by Richard Loncraine. In 2009, Mr. Sheen was honored by the Queen with an O.B.E. for his services to Drama.
Forthcoming feature film appearances include roles in Focus Features' KILL THE MESSENGER, and Fox Searchlight's FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.