Jan. 7th, 1988
Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland
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Sheehan was born in County Laois, Ireland, the son of Maria and Joe Sheehan. He was born Robert Michael Sheehan, and added Adam as his confirmation name, becoming known as Robert Michael Adam Sheehan. He is the youngest of three children. His father was a garda. He played the banjo, the bodhrán, and the spoons at school, joking that he was like "Footloose with spoons",citation needed] and participated in Fleadh Cheoils while at school.citation needed] He first became interested in acting in primary school, in St. Paul's in Portlaoise, when he played Oliver in "Oliver with a Twist". Robert first considered acting when his mother took him to an audition for Song for a Raggy Boy when he was fourteen. He was chosen for the film, which was shot for three months in West Cork. He stated that he still keeps in touch with some of the boys from the film, and described filming as an adventure. When he was sixteen, he played the crippled boy in Cripple of Innishmaan with Open Door productions, and said afterwards that there is nothing like good theatre.
He studied for a year at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology at the age of 17, but left his course of Film and TV studies after a year as he failed and did not return for the repeats, deciding that life behind the camera was not for him. Despite no professional training, apart from local drama groups, and first-hand experience, he was then offered a number of minor roles. He has been quoted as saying, "I'm not sure if I want to be an actor. I want to go to college but not to study acting. But I'd like to do it to see where it takes me, so I'll keep at it. I never really made any plans of any sort. As long as I can keep getting a few jobs, I will be grateful. It is great fun and wonderfully rewarding for a young fella. I will continue as long as I keep getting work."
He said his parents were wonderfully supportive, and that his mother was virtually his manager in the early days of career, as well as his chauffeur, driving him to and from auditions and film sets.
Since then he has appeared in a number of feature films including A Dublin Story, Ghostwood, An Créatúr, Summer of the Flying Saucer and Season of the Witch. On television, he appeared in 15 episodes of Foreign Exchange (Magma Film/9 Newtwork Australia) as Cormac MacNamara and in all 13 episodes of Young Blades (Insight/PAX TV) as Louis XIV of France. More recently, Robert has appeared in The Clinic (Parallel Films/RTÉ), Bel's Boys (ITV) and in Season 2 of The Tudors (Showtime/BBC).
From 2009 to 2010, he starred as a young offender named Nathan Young in the first two series of the E4 drama Misfits which follows the tales of five young adults on community service for petty crimes who find that they have superpowers after a powerful lightning storm strikes them.
In 2011, he was involved in a trailer for Bleak Sea, a film trailer made specifically for a trailer competition, which is not set to be expanded into a feature length film. Robert is expected to star in the film, but his involvement is not confirmed.
He is rumoured to star in upcoming feature In Between The Waves, alongside Tom Felton, and is set to appear in Wayfaring Strangers, alongside Cillian Murphy.
He also has a part in Romeo and Brittney, written and directed by comedian David Baddiel. The film is a comical parody of Romeo and Juliet. Sheehan is set to play Romeo, alongside Karen Gillan, and the film was completed in summer 2012.
He will play Simon Lewis in the film City of Bones which is set to release on 23 August 2013.
- His elder brother, Brendan, is a mortgage broker.
- He is the youngest of three children.