Michael Sheen reveals that he sold his houses to finance the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Caerdydd


Michael Sheen (Image: National Theatre).

Actor Michael Sheen has revealed that he sold his houses in the US and the UK in order to finance the 2019 Homeless World Cup that was held in Caerdydd.


Speaking to The Big Issue, Mr Sheen said that he made the decision to bankroll the Homeless World Cup after funding for the event fell through at the last moment.


"I had committed to helping to organise that and then suddenly, with not long to go, there was no money," he said.


"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."


Mr Sheen has also funded other projects to help those who are less fortunate.


He has co-funded the 'A Writing Chance' project—alongside the Joseph Rowntree Foundation—which is designed to discover new talent, support new writers, and "prise open an industry which remains difficult to access".


He has also collaborated with Welsh band Manic Street Preachers on a scholarship program for Welsh drama students,


The Mab Gwalia Welsh Drama Student Scholarship awards up to £15,000 each academic to support up to three eligible students— based on financial circumstances and a personal statement.