“And with characters like Brian Clough, Kenneth Williams, David Frost and Tony Blair, I worked on those performances for at least six months beforehand.” Sheen’s note-perfect portrayals of these iconic public figures has led to almost unanimous acclaim for the 43-year-old Welshman, who joins a storied list of popular Shakespeareans from his hometown. “It’s a working class steel town, but it’s where Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins come from, and there was so much support for me there when I was starting out.” Sheen’s first job, fresh out of RADA, was with Vanessa Redgrave. Sheen has lived in LA for ten years, in order to be with his daughter, Lily, from his relationship with the actress Kate Beckinsale (they separated in 2003 and Sheen is now seeing Rachel Mc Adams, whom he met on the set of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris).
But he retains close links with Port Talbot, and in 2011 returned there to stage a hugely ambitious, 72-hour Passion play, corralling 1,000 local residents and the National Theatre of Wales into the production. “I wrote for it, directed it and created it, and worked in collaboration with other writers and companies and the community.” He’s set to put in another classy performance in To The Wonder, the forthcoming film from the great Terrence Malick, in which he plays alongside Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem and his girlfriend, Mc Adams.
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