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Manchester United Michael Sheen


Walking out onto the Old Trafford turf as Captain of the 'Rest of the World' team in my first match for Soccer Aid in support of UNICEF is an unforgettable memory.

Hearing the roar of 70,000 people and leading out my team that included Zidane, Figo, Giggs, some of the greatest football players of recent times. When the match was over, I was sitting next to Ryan Gigs in the dressing room, finishing off getting changed, when I realized I hadn't asked him for a souvenir of the match.

My nephew, who was 11 years old at the time, was his biggest fan and I'd promised to ask Ryan for a little something to give him as a keepsake. Ryan said that he'd given pretty much everything away already and I suddenly felt like a terrible uncle. Then in one glorious moment, Ryan leaned over, picked up the football boots he'd been wearing in the match, and gave them to me for my nephew. Bits of Old Trafford turf still stuck to the studs.

The look on the face of my nephew as he held the boots of his idol, was even better than roar of the Old Trafford crowd when you've just scored a goal in front of them (which I did, incidentally).

Michael Sheen


Michael is a stage and screen actor and made his professional stage debut in 1991 starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in When She Danced at the Globe Theatre and was nominated for an Olivier Award on three occasions for his performances in Amadeus at the Old Vic (1998), Look Back In Anger at the National (1999) and Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse (2003).

Michael received a BAFTA Award nomination in 2004 for his work in the ITV drama Dirty Filthy Love and played the British politician Tony Blair in a trilogy of films, the television film The Deal in 2003, The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2010) and was nominated for both a Bafta and an Emmy for his performance in the role.

In 2006 Michael starred as the troubled comic actor Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's Fantabulosa! and 2006 saw his fourth Olivier nomination for his portrayal of David Frost in Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse. He revisited the role in the film adaptation and starred as the outspoken Leeds United manager Brian Clough in The Damned United.

Easter 2011 saw Michael directing and starring in National Theatre Wales's The Passion, a 72-hour secular passion play staged in his hometown of Port Talbot before returning to the stage to play the title role of Hamlet at the Young Vic. In September 2013 Michael will be starring in Showtime's Masters Of Sex, a 12 episode drama.

Follow Michael on Twitter @michaelsheen





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