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Michael Sheen on class, culture and Britishness

The actor and campaigner talks about the ideas behind his special issue of the New Statesman

Ahead of his guest-edited issue of the New Statesman, the actor and campaigner Michael Sheen speaks to Anoosh Chakelian for a special episode of the New Statesman podcast. Titled “A Dream of Britain”, the magazine explores what British identity means in 2022.

They discuss why he wanted to tackle the idea of our national story, how widening inequality and the British obsession with class limits diversity in the arts, why he thinks Tony Blair and Jeremy Corbyn have more in common than either might like, and what it means to be a “not-for-profit” actor.

The special edition of the New Statesman will be on news stands on Thursday 24 March. Podcast listeners can subscribe now for just £12 for 12 weeks at newstatesman.com/podcastoffer

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