Daughter Lily inspired Michael Sheen to vamp up for Twilight

Tuesday September 15, 2009

Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Tony Blair in both The Deal and The Queen, Welsh actor Michael Sheen is soon to hit cinemas in a very different role.

Due to appear on screens opposite British hunk Robert Pattinson in New Moon - the latest installment of the Twilight series, Michael will play menacing vampire Aro.

And it seems ten-year-old Lily, the actor's daughter with Kate Beckinsale, is one of the reasons behind the decision to take the part. She is apparently a huge fan of the Twilight books.

"That made it more exciting," says the dad-of-one.

"The Twilight series has a lot of teenage girl fans. But I think that's mainly for Robert (Pattinson), not me!" he adds.

Michael has also revealed that he has modelled his bloodsucker alter-ego on the terrifying Child Catcher from children's classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

"I've even got the same long black hair in the film!" he says.

The eagerly-anticipated The Twilight Saga: New Moon is due to hit screens in November.

Photo: ę PA

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