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Hollywood star steps in to fund Valley man's funeral

Hollywood star Michael Sheen has stepped in to pay to prevent a man who died penniless from having a state-funded funeral.

Michael Sheen has stepped in to pay to prevent David Green from having a state funeral. Credit: PA

The star of Frost/Nixon and The Damned United decided to help after hearing how 74 year-old Dave Green died without any family or money to his name.

Sheen donated an undisclosed sum to stop him receiving a state-funded funeral after being told about his plight by fellow members of the United Valleys Action Group.

The Port Talbot actor met mining activist Mr Green last year while filming a documentary in Newport.

Dave died last week of lung cancer. He was 74. He had no family and no money. I've been told he faces a paupers funeral. It's my honour to help. He made a big impact on me. Someone, in other circumstances, whose voice could easily have been ignored.

– Michael Sheen, Actor
Sheen, from Port Talbot, is famous for roles in films such as Frost/Nixon and The Damned United. Credit: PA

Mr Green was a vocal anti-opencast mining activist from Pontlottyn in the Rhymney Valley, who featured in Sheen's BBC documentary marking the 175th anniversary of the Chartist march for political reform.

After hearing the news, Sheen asked his 230,000 Twitter followers to help and has so far raised more than £1,000 for a funeral and headstone.

Eddy Blanche, Vice Chairman of the United Valleys Action Group, contacted the LA-based actor and said Mr Green should be "buried with the dignity he deserves".

"We will make sure that Dave's final farewell will be a fitting one for someone who spent so much of his latter years selflessly campaigning and helping others. It's things like this that really do restore your faith in humanity."

– Eddy Blanche, Vice Chairman of the United Valleys Action Group