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Michael Sheen has declared himself a "not-for-profit actor” after selling two of his own houses to fund a charity.
Sheen told The Big Issue: “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 the Welsh actor revealed that if he could continue to work - he could afford to keep donating the money he earned to charity.
He said: "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. 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.
"I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor."
Sheen has a two-year-old daughter, Lyra, with his current girlfriend, Swedish actress Anna Lundberg, and a 22-year-old daughter, Lily, with Underworld star Kate Beckinsale.
Last year the activist revealed he had given back his OBE [Order of the British Empire] three years ago after learning more about the history of Wales and its relationship with Britain.
But he insisted he meant "absolutely no disrespect" in returning the OBE and that he had felt "incredibly honoured" to be receive the award from The Queen in the 2009 New Year’s Honours for services to drama.
Sheen revealed he struggled with nasty symptoms after catching COVID-19 in February this year.
He said: “I had it back in February. Yeah, it was rough.
“I remember thinking 'Oh, I'm going to have a couple of weeks in bed reading and watching TV”, and that was not what it was like.”
“It was very rough, and I was in America at the time as well so I suddenly felt the vulnerability of not having our national health service to rely on and kind of look after me,” he continued.
“That was quite scary. I had a renewed sense of love and respect for what we have in this country, but I'm fine now.”
Watch: Michael Sheen read the poetry of Dylan Thomas