Swansea University honours Michael Sheen with degree
A CELEBRATION of one of Port Talbot’s most famous sons saw the spotlight turn unexpectedly on another.
The Richard Burton Diaries, edited by Swansea University professor Chris Williams, are being launched in the USA this week following their UK publication.
Among the guests at the New York launch was Hollywood star Michael Sheen who, like Richard Burton, is a Port Talbot boy.
While he was there he was presented with an honorary degree by Swansea University vice- chancellor Richard B Davies, who had travelled to the US with Professor Williams.
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The official university citation declared Michael was receiving the award for his “enormous contribution to the cultural life of South Wales and the wider world, and to the good name of Wales across the globe”.
The actor, who grew up in Baglan, said: “I’m thrilled to receive this honorary degree, particularly as it comes from Swansea, the city that I grew up closest to and where I had some of the happiest times of my youth.
“I am so proud to still be involved with so many groups and organisations in the West Glamorgan area, and so to be honoured by Swansea University in this way is especially meaningful for me.”
After starting at the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, former Glan Afan Comprehensive School pupil Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He won his first professional stage role in 1991, playing opposite Vanessa Redgrave. He has gone on to take roles as varied as Romeo, Henry V, Peer Gynt and Caligula.
His screen roles include Tony Blair, David Frost, Brian Clough and actor Kenneth Williams.
Michael has also contributed in many ways to South Wales, including putting Port Talbot on the map with The Passion.
Additionally, he is an ambassador for various charities and cultural initiatives, including the Dylan Thomas Prize, which promotes young writers, and which commemorates Swansea’s own famous poet.
Professor Davies said: “These awards are conferred on individuals in recognition of outstanding achievement and contribution to the university or region.
“Michael has achieved extraordinary success internationally. But he has never forgotten his roots and has found many ways to give something back to our part of the world.
“We are therefore delighted to honour him with this award.”