HE IS an acting superstar renowned for his stellar performances in The Damned United, The Queen and the Twilight movies.
Now Michael Sheen has revealed his own out-of-this-world experience — seeing a UFO in the Welsh valleys.
The 50-year-old actor has claimed his hometown of Port Talbot is Britain’s answer to America’s mysterious Area 51 — a top secret military base said to be on an ‘extraterrestrial highway’.
Describing it as ‘the Little Chef of the galaxy’, he told Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre podcast: ‘I think Port Talbot, where I come from, is on some weird alien map. It’s like some sort of lay-by.’
Sheen then recounted his own close encounter of the third kind.
‘One day I was coming home from school,’ he said. ‘I got off the bus and I was walking up my street.
‘I was just about to turn up the path to my house and coming round the mountain was a formation of lights.
‘I stood there looking at it thinking, “This is going to be some sort of weird reflection”. There was a formation of some things coming round and going out across the sea then disappearing.’
He went on: ‘And then years later on New Year’s Eve — not that long ago, about five years ago — my dad, who had not had a drink that night, went up to bed. He said he saw a light in the sky. My dad is a character but is not someone who would make this up.
‘He said he saw a thing in the sky with lights going around it — it was there for ages, then it shot off. I think Port Talbot is some kind of hub.’
But it’s not just the actor and his father who have seen UFOs in the town more famous for its steelworks, according to Sheen.
‘The lady who lived next door — who was a very respectable lady and wouldn’t make up stories — told us that one morning she was in the kitchen which overlooked the back garden.
‘She said she was standing there making a coffee and a flying saucer came down and hovered over her back garden and then went. Of course, you think that’s nonsense but she was a very serious lady.’