Father's Pride as Sheen Spearheads British Actors' Invasion of Emmy Awards

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Father's Pride as Sheen Spearheads British Actors' Invasion of Emmy Awards


Byline: ROBIN TURNER

MICHAEL SHEEN'S father yesterday spoke of the family's delight after the actor was nominated for a prestigious Emmy Award.

The Port Talbot star is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Tony Blair in political drama The Special Relationship.

And another Welshman, Flintshire-born Jonathan Pryce, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of widower Mr Buxton in the acclaimed BBC 1 period drama Return To Cranford.

The Emmy Awards - the US "television Oscars" - will be given out on August 29 in a ceremony to be broadcast live on NBC in America.

Sheen's father Meyrick, a Baglan-based professional Jack Nicholson lookalike, said: "We are delighted for Michael and we will be wishing him all the best for the awards night."

Sheen's nomination for his highly-acclaimed portrayal of Tony Blair in The Special Relationship, a co-production between US network HBO and the BBC, is yet another example of the Port Talbot actor's ability to portray real-life characters.

He has played Blair twice before, in the movie The Queen and in the TV film The Deal.

And Sheen also won rave reviews for his role as troubled Kenneth Williams on TV's Fantabulosa! and for his portrayal of legendary interviewer David Frost in the film Frost/Nixon.

Mr Sheen added: "I think Michael's ability to play Tony Blair is partly due to the fact he looks quite like him.

"Michael and myself have been involved in raising money for the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, using photographs of him and some of the characters he has played, including Tony Blair. …

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