A star of both the stage and big screen, Martin Sheen grew up in Baglan attending West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company and, at 16, the National Youth Theatre of Wales, which has trained many other young actors and entertainers from this area including Matthew Rhys, Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon.
After RADA, Michael established himself as a leading character actor taking roles as Tony Blair, Brian Clough, and David Frost.
Proud of his home town of Baglan, Sheen produced an epic piece of street theatre - The Passion - there in 2011. Written by Welsh poet Owen Sheers and produced by the National Theatre Wales, Michael was the creative director of this play inspired by the biblical Passion Play.
Winning best actor at the BAFTA Cymru awards in 2013, Michael dedicated his award to 'the people of Port Talbot'. This recognised his role in 'The Gospel of Us', the film version of National Theatre Wales' 'The Passion'.
More recently, Michael has been a vocal supporter of Newport's Chartist heritage, criticising the destruction of the iconic Chartist mural which was pulled down to make way for a new shopping centre. Michael was born in Newport.
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Michael produced and performed in "The Passion" - a piece of street theatre staged in and around Baglan over three days in 2011, which attracted 6000 visitors to the town!
Michael Sheen opened the Chartist Exhibition at Newport Museum & Art Gallery - which tells the story of the Chartists from The Valleys who campaigned for everybody to have The Vote.
05 February 1969