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Robert Michael Sheehan; (Irish: Roibeárd Mícheál Ó Siodhacháin; born January 7, 1988) is an Irish actor. He is best known for television roles such as Nathan Young in Misfits and Darren in Love/Hate, as well as the 2009 film Cherrybomb alongside Rupert Grint. He has also co-starred in the film Killing Bono, alongside Ben Barnes, as Ivan McCormick. He recently starred in John Crowley’s production of J. M. Synge’s comic play The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic Theatre, London, which finished in November, 2011.

He has four IFTA nominations and one BAFTA nomination. He also shared a BAFTA award with the cast of Misfits.

Robert was born in Portlaoise, County Laois. He was born Robert Michael Sheehan, and added Adam as his confirmation name. He is the youngest of three children. His father was a garda.

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 open 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 alongside Aidan Quinn and his future Love/Hate co-star Chris Newman. 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. 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.

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