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  • Michael Sheen declared he is now a “not-for-profit actor.”
  • Sheen sold his own houses to bankroll a charitable tournament in 2019 and wants to continue to donate funds from his acting.
  • The 52-year-old actor is known for his roles in “Frost/Nixon” and “Midnight in Paris.”

Actor Michael Sheen declared he is now a “not-for-profit actor,” having sold his houses to donate the funds to charity.

The 52-year-old actor — known for his roles in “Frost/Nixon” and “Midnight in Paris” — made the revelation in an interview with the Big Issue for their Letter to My Younger Self, saying the turning point in his life came in 2019, when the funding for the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff fell through. To finance the cup, Sheen sold his own houses.

“I had a house in America and a house here and I put those up and just did whatever it took,” he said. “It was scary and incredibly stressful. I’ll be paying for it for a long time.”

However, Sheen said it was an eye-opening decision that changed the course of his life and has led him to use the funds from his acting career to help others.


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“There was something quite liberating about going, 'all right, I’ll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I’ll be able to earn it back again.' I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.”

He has also credited the new lifestyle for putting him back in touch with his roots. Following a 72-hour production of “The Passion” in which he took part in filming in Port Talbot, Wales, in 2011, his hometown, Sheen saw neighbors and organizations aiming to help one another but unable to sustain funding in the long term. 

Now, Sheen aims to aid them at a local level in a sustainable way.

“I wanted to help those people,” Sheen said. “I didn’t just want to be a patron or a supportive voice, I wanted to actually do more than that.”


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Published on Dec 07, 2021