Michael Sheen to focus on activism to fight rise of 'hard populist right'

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Michael Sheen is stepping back from his acting career to fight against the rise of the "hard populist right" as an activist.

He revealed the move in an interview in The Times magazine, and said the "demagogic, fascistic" change in politics, including the election of Donald Trump, has prompted his desire to counter it.

The 47-year-old Welshman said that through grassroots organising in his home town of Port Talbot, he will fight the rise of the "hard populist right" which has emerged in places such as the UK, the US, France and Austria.

Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen (Richard Shotwell/AP)

"It means that I would work less as an actor, and possibly stop," he said.

"Once I'm in, I'm fully in, and this is big. It will be a big change for how people relate to me."

Michael has already been outspoken on a number of issues including protecting the NHS and criticising potential changes to freedom of information legislation.

He has also called for the Government to support steel workers, and visited a refugee camp to speak out about the plight of Syrian children affected by war.