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Michael Sheen Backs Swansea’s Bid for UK City of Culture


Another iconic actor has voiced support for Swansea’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid, with Michael Sheen OBE sending a characteristically dramatic video message.

Michael, who enjoyed a celebrated career on stage before making his mark on the big screen playing Tony Blair, Kenneth Williams and Brian Clough, spends much of his time on home turf here in South West Wales, and he is a vocal campaigner and supporter of community projects in his hometown in nearby Port Talbot.

Quoting Swansea’s famous son, Dylan Thomas, throughout, Michael says:

“This is Michael Sheen here in support of Swansea, the ‘ugly, lovely town’, where ‘ambition is critical’ and we all ‘sing in our chains like the sea’. Come on Swansea!”

Film writer and Director, Kevin Allen, who is also part of the Swansea 2021 team says:

“Throughout his career Michael has always made time to support the community he grew up in and where his family still lives, and It is great that he has taken up the call for Swansea to win UK City of Culture 2021.

“Swansea 2021 has drawn so much backing since the culture bid was launched, from artists, writers, sportsmen and women, from business leaders and from people from overseas who have a soft spot for our city. This has been one of the most heart-warming aspects of the Swansea 2021 campaign and I’m hopeful that this groundswell of support could help us win this important title.”