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10 Reasons Why Michael Sheen Is the Embodiment of Awesome

Michael Sheen Far From the Maddening Crowd

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By Leslie Schapira

When we think of Hollywood’s sexiest men, certain names tend to pop up: George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert Pattinson for girls under 14 and your weird aunt who lives with seven cats. But it’s Masters of Sex and Far From the Maddening Crowd star Michael Sheen — no relation to Charlie — who’s currently the subject of much devotion on Tumblr and other parts of the Internet. So what is it about this 5’9,” mousy Brit that makes the Internet’s knees collectively buckle? Here are 10 reasons why Michael Sheen is your new crush:

10. He’s the ‘master’ of sex.

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Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

It’s not just that he’s the star of the critically acclaimed Showtime show (although that always helps) about sex researchers, aka the people who have the best jobs in the world after cotton candy tasters. But after two years of playing Dr. Masters — a man who studies orgasms — he must’ve picked up a few tips.

9. He has a great dating track record.

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Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

Nothing like dating Kate Beckinsale or Rachel McAdams to prove that he’s a catch – or maybe just really good in bed. Even Sheen’s current girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, admitted that his past relationships make her feel even luckier to be with him. Bottom line: If he can pass Kate and Rachel’s standards, he can pass anyone’s.

8. He has the Tina Fey stamp of approval.

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Focus Features courtesy Everett Collection

Sheen proved he had comedic sparks with Tina Fey when he played Liz Lemon’s British paramour Wesley. The duo also brought their onscreen chemistry to the film Admission.

7. He’s athletic.

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Sony Pictures/Everett Collection

It’s not often that you can find an artist that knows his way around a ball. But Sheen is an exception. At 12, he was scouted to play in the Arsenal Football Club in London.

6. He has a sense of humor.

Despite Sheen’s British properness, his girlfriend Sarah Silverman recently told the world that the thesp has named his penis the “Great Christine Baranski.” Hopefully, this is a sign that his Baranski is as talented as the actress. He was also a perfect gentleman when he sat down with Sarah’s ex Jimmy Kimmel, who expressed a bit of jealousy at Sheen’s budding relationship with Silverman’s dad.

5. That accent.

Maybe it’s because it sounds aristocratic. Or maybe it’s simply a refreshing change from the typical crass American. But there’s something about that Welsh accent that can make a girl swoon.

4. He gives passionate speeches.

While Sheen is known for playing Tony Blair in film and TV, it’s his real life role in the political sphere that adds to his attraction. Last March, Sheen made a speech where he told politicians to “By God, believe in something.”

3. He’s charitable.

While his Christine Baranski might be hard, at least we know his heart is soft. Sheen is involved in multiple charities including being president of TREAT Trust Wales – a charity that helps provide therapy centers from Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.

2. He handles breakups well.

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Richard Young/Rex Features, Courtesy Everett Collection

No need to fear any crazy ex girlfriends breaking in with a machete. He’s so close with ex Kate Beckinsale, she even attends his birthday parties.

1. He survived the Underworld, Twilight, and Tron franchises…

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Walt Disney Pictures Courtesy Everett Collection

Sheen has proven able to slide between prestige roles and supporting parts in genre franchises where he somehow manages to remain dignified while wearing ridiculous costumes.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…