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Michael Sheen is a Salvation Army star

Award-winning actor Michael Sheen has shared his favourite childhood Christmas present with The Salvation Army.

Currently appearing on stage in Hamlet at the Young Vic, Michael has taken time out of his busy schedule to reflect on past Christmas gifts - as part of The Salvation Army's Christmas Present Appeal.

Best known for his performances in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and The Queen, Michael said: "One year when I was 7 or 8, we had Christmas at my grandmother's house, which I loved. I got an astronaut outfit and never took it off."

Major Ray Irving, Territorial Social Services Secretary said: "Michael has proved he is a true star by brightening up our Christmas Present Appeal and sharing this special memory.

"The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need. This year, more children than ever before could face an empty space under the Christmas tree and we're determined to stop that from happening - especially when just one present can make all the difference to a child."

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal relies on the generosity of others who are able to buy an extra gift for children aged 0-16. The presents can be dropped off unwrapped at local Superdrug stores or Salvation Army halls and centres from now until 16 December.

Salvation Army volunteers will then wrap the gifts and ensure they reach a needy child or young person this Christmas thanks to The Salvation Army’s own networks, local groups and social services.