Ruth Sheen



Born in London, Sheen began her career by training at the East 15 Acting School, and has appeared regularly on British television and in British films since 1988. On television, she had recurring roles as Nanny Simmons in Berkeley Square, and as Nurse Ethel Carr in the series Bramwell. She has also appeared as four different characters in six episodes of The Bill between 1989 and 2004.
She has also appeared in five Mike Leigh films: in the female lead role of Shirley in High Hopes; as Laughing Woman in Secrets & Lies; as Maureen in All or Nothing, as Lily in Vera Drake and as Gerri in Another Year. Her role in High Hopes won her the Best Actress award at the 1989 European Film Awards.
In 2007, she played the role of Lyn, opposite Ben Whishaw's Steven, in the world premiere of Philip Ridley's stage play, Leaves of Glass at the Soho Theatre, London. Also in 2007, she appeared in TV mini-series drama titled Fanny Hill, based on an erotic novel written by John Cleland. She played the role of Mrs Jones.
She also played the mother of Jim Sturgess's character, Jamie, in Philip Ridley's feature film, Heartless.


A Street Cat Named Bob

de Roger Spottiswoode

Film A Street Cat Named Bob

A Royal Night Out

de Julian Jarrold

Film A Royal Night Out

Mr. Turner

de Mike Leigh

Film Mr. Turner

The One and Only Mike Leigh

de Jude Ho

Film The One and Only Mike Leigh

Welcome to the Punch

de Eran Creevy

Film Welcome to the Punch

Another year

de Mike Leigh

Film Another year


de Philip Ridley

Film Heartless

Cours toujours Dennis

de David Schwimmer

Film Cours toujours Dennis

Fanny Hill

de James Hawes

Film Fanny Hill

Footprints in the Snow

de Richard Spence

Film Footprints in the Snow

Vera Drake

de Mike Leigh

Film Vera Drake

All or Nothing

de Mike Leigh

Film All or Nothing

The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells

de Robert Young

Film The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells

Lorna Doone

de Mike Barker

Film Lorna Doone

Virtual Sexuality

de Nick Hurran

Film Virtual Sexuality

Different for Girls

de Richard Spence

Film Different for Girls

Le Manuel d'un jeune empoisonneur

de Benjamin Ross

Film Le Manuel d'un jeune empoisonneur

When Pigs Fly

de Sara Driver

Film When Pigs Fly


de Lesley Manning

Film Ghostwatch

High Hopes

de Mike Leigh

Film High Hopes