Michael Sheen “Coming Home” to Wales

Nov 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Fandom, Featured Articles

Wales Online has an article up that talks about the documentary-show “Coming Home” which will soon feature Michael Sheen, who heads back to his homeland of Wales in order to learn more about his family history.

No lines to learn, no part to play – in the new series of BBC Wales’ Coming Home, he is Michael Sheen, son of Wales, and he’s out to discover a bit about where his family came from.

The 41-year-old actor is well-known for his Welsh roots. Born in Newport, he was brought up in Baglan, Port Talbot, and loves returning home to Wales to visit his mum Irene and dad Meyrick, who still live in the house Michael grew up in…

On Michael’s quest to find out more about his father’s side of the family, he visits Cardiff’s Catholic cathedral, and uncovers an entry for his great-great grandfather Thomas Sheehan in the baptismal register.

Thomas was one of 14 children born following Edward Sheehan and wife Catherine Hickey’s arrival in Wales in 1850, three of whom were named Michael.

Sadly, eight of the children passed away, seven in infancy, a fact that visibly moves Michael as he inspects the death certificates.

‘There’s something rather bizarre about seeing the death certificate of someone with the same name as you,’ he says.

Go here to read more and be sure to check it out November 24 on BBC One Wales.  Not sure if we’ll get this in the States or not, or if it’ll air in other countries.


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