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Michael Sheen shaving beard for charity, but only in stages to not ‘freak out’ his daughter

29 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
Michael Sheen in Under Milk Wood Credit: Johan Persson

Michael Sheen is shaving his beard for charity, but only in stages, so he won’t “freak out” his baby daughter.

The Welsh actor, who has previously scooped the prestigious Beard of the Year prize, said Lyra has never seen him without the award-winning facial hair.

He also suggested that he might “use it to stuff something and then auction it”.

Sheen has completed the first stage of the process and has deposited the facial hair in a plastic bag, which has been sealed.

His partner, the Swedish actress Anna Lundberg, with whom he has Lyra, replied saying: “So. Gross.”

He replied: “I’m going to glue it on your face while you’re sleeping so at least one of us still has it when Lyra wakes up.”

‘Professional bonsai sheep shearer’

Peepingnee, who describes herself as professional bonsai sheep shearer, asked him about his plans on Twitter before he shaved the first part of his beard.

She said: “Just curious when the charity live stream of you shaving and cutting your hair to be Aziraphale is and where should I be donating? Aka you should do this Face with tears of joy. I think it would raise a lot! #byebyebeard”

He said: “Won’t be possible unfortunately as I am going to do it in stages so it doesn’t freak Lyra out. She’s never seen me without a beard.

“However I will keep it all and perhaps use it to stuff something and then auction it. It is after all award winning! Suggestions? #StuffIt”

On the decision to shave the beard in stages, Krista O’Reilly said: “This is wise. I was older than Lyra (4) but I still feel the trauma of walking in to find a strange beardless man vacuuming my house. (Losing the beard the same day he also picked up a hoover for the first time in my life was really poor planning on my dad’s part.)”

Michael Sheen replied: “I will assiduously avoid hoovers!”

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#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago

You know you’ve made it as a national treasure when just having a shave

  1. Is worthy of raising money for charity
  2. Is worthy of a news story

Still, it’s Michael Sheen, the future figurehead of free Cymru so you can’t begrudge him.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  #1Chris

Don’t count on that. Only a few months ago he was enthusing about a scheme to send “bright pupils” to Oxbridge. What’s wrong with enabling entry to the major universities in Wales, or if exposure to the wider world is the aim then help them onto mainland Europe, North America or other centres of excellence. Welsh obsession with Oxbridge is part of our problem not its solution.

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Agreed. Maybe he’ll need to reconsider that stance. In fairness I don’t know if anyone has told him yet he will the the figurehead of Free Cymru.
Maybe we can get all our resources back form Tewkesbury and re-establish the oldest university in the world, the College of Theodosius. Although that was in Llanilltud Fawr down South. Perhaps have a twin campus in Bangor?

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