A WELSH actor, producer, and political activist, has committed to donate his acting earnings to charities in Wales and become a “not-for-profit actor”.

Michael Sheen is best known for his role in Twilight as Aro, as well as starring alongside David Tennant in Good Omens, and Staged. 

He decided to put his money to good use after selling his houses to ensure the 2019 Homeless World Cup could take place.

Talking to The Big Issue about his generosity for the 2019 Homeless World Cup, Sheen said: “I had committed to helping to organise that and then suddenly, with not long to go, there was no money,

“I had to make a decision – I could walk away from it and it wouldn’t happen.

“I thought, I’m not going to let that happen. So, I put all my money into keeping it going.

“I had a house in America and a house here and I put those up and just did whatever it took.

“It was scary and incredibly stressful. I’ll be paying for it for a long time.

“But when I came out the other side, I realised I could do this kind of thing and, if I can keep earning money, it’s not going to ruin me.”

Having been born in Monmouthshire, Sheen decided to move to Baglan, in Port Talbot, with his wife, Anna Lundberg. 

He is the honorary President of Wales Council for Voluntary Action and plays an important part in the public work of the lead national body for the voluntary sector in Wales. 

Accepting the role he explained: “I plan to use my role to actively challenge and support WCVA in their impact and role in supporting the community and keeping us focused on what matters locally as well as the need for national leadership”. 

He is also an ambassador for TREAT Trust Wales, and is the Welsh ambassador of Into Film, a charity which offers after-school film clubs to state primary and secondary schools in an effort to improve literacy levels.

When speaking about his new plan to spend his income on charity projects, he said:

“There was something quite liberating about going, alright, I’ll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I’ll be able to earn it back again.”

Sheen added: “I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.”

He has already pledged £50,000 over five years to fund a bursary to help Welsh students attend Oxford University.

However Sheen revealed the “turning point” followed a 72-hour production of The Passion through the streets of his hometown Port Talbot in 2011.

“I got to know people and organisations within my hometown that I didn’t know existed,” he said.

“Little groups who were trying to help young carers, who had just enough funding to make a tiny difference to a kid’s life by putting on one night a week where they could get out and go bowling or watch a film and just be a kid.

“I [came] back to visit three or four months later [to] find out that funding had gone and that organisation didn’t exist anymore.”

He added: “I realised the difference between that child’s life being a little bit better or not was ultimately a small amount of funding and I wanted to help those people.

“I didn’t just want to be a patron or a supportive voice, I wanted to actually do more than that.

“That’s when I thought, I need to go back and live in Wales again.”