'We're like brother and sister': Catherine Zeta-Jones opens up about close bond with Michael Sheen

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She has a long list of Hollywood pals. 

And Catherine Zeta-Jones said actor Michael Sheen is her ‘brother’ as she discussed their close bond on Friday whilst revealing they grew up in the same area in South Wales. 

According to the actress, 51, she was raised only a stone’s throw away from the actor, 52, as she confirmed their parents and friends know each other. 

Connection: Catherine Zeta-Jones said actor Michael Sheen is her 'brother' as she discussed their close bond on Friday whilst revealing they grew up in the same area in South Wales

Connection: Catherine Zeta-Jones said actor Michael Sheen is her ‘brother’ as she discussed their close bond on Friday whilst revealing they grew up in the same area in South Wales

However they never encountered one another until last year when they began filming season two of the Prodigal Son and found an instant connection.  

Speaking about their long-awaited encounter on set, she said to The Mirror: ‘We spent a lot of time going, “Did you hear about… Jones?” “No, how is she?” “She’s got two kids” “Never.”

‘We are literally like brother and sister from different parents, we’re that close.’  

‘I don’t know why that never happened,’ Catherine said, reflecting on why they never crossed paths during childhood. ‘My parents know Michael’s parents, Michael has met my parents, half my friends are Michael’s friends but never the twain had crossed.

Fond: According to the actress, 51, she was raised only a stone's throw away from the actor, 52, as she confirmed their parents and friends know each other

Fond: According to the actress, 51, she was raised only a stone’s throw away from the actor, 52, as she confirmed their parents and friends know each other

Met her match: However they never encountered one another until last year when they began filming season two of the Prodigal Son and found an instant connection

Met her match: However they never encountered one another until last year when they began filming season two of the Prodigal Son and found an instant connection

‘We’re the same age, don’t tell anyone. Where we come from is like a pimple on the map of the world. I could throw my ball to the end of the village.’

Catherine said she feels like she’s known Michael ‘all my life,’ and meeting him was ‘everything I thought it would be.’ 

She said they had plenty to talk about on set for the crime drama in New York as they discussed rugby, their mutual friends and school jokes.

The actress revealed that in between takes they would revert back to their strong Welsh accents. 

Bond: She said to The Mirror: 'We are literally like brother and sister from different parents, we’re that close'

Bond: She said to The Mirror: ‘We are literally like brother and sister from different parents, we’re that close’

Humble beginnings: Michael was raised in Port Talbot and went to the local primary school whilst Catherine attended private Dumbarton House School in Swansea (pictured in 2000)

Humble beginnings: Michael was raised in Port Talbot and went to the local primary school whilst Catherine attended private Dumbarton House School in Swansea (pictured in 2000)

Michael was raised in Port Talbot and went to the local primary school whilst Catherine attended private Dumbarton House School in Swansea.

Although both thespians grew up in modest homes, Catherine’s family experienced a stroke of luck when they won £100,000 in a bingo competition. 

As a result, they were able to afford dance, ballet lessons and a private education for their daughter. 

Catherine revealed she was sent away at a young age to London where she received schooling and a chaperone who would take her to the West End.  

Fortune: Although both thespians grew up in modest homes, Catherine's family experienced a stroke of luck when they won £100,000 in a bingo competition (pictured in 1992)

Fortune: Although both thespians grew up in modest homes, Catherine’s family experienced a stroke of luck when they won £100,000 in a bingo competition (pictured in 1992)

Meanwhile Michael began his performance career at the Dylan Thomas Contemporary Dance and the Dylan Thomas Theatre, near her native home. 

Catherine joined forces with Michael in the Prodigal Son in 2020, with the second series set to premiere on Sky One next month. 

She portrays a resident doctor a Claremont Psychiatric Hospital whilst Michael plays serial killer Martin Whitly, also known as The Surgeon, who is serving life for his crimes.

Partner: Michael is in a relationship with actress Anna Lundberg, 26, and they share a 20-month-old daughter called Lyra

Partner: Michael is in a relationship with actress Anna Lundberg, 26, and they share a 20-month-old daughter called Lyra

First born: He is also the father to Lily Mo, 22, with his ex Kate Beckinsale (pictured together in 2001)

First born: He is also the father to Lily Mo, 22, with his ex Kate Beckinsale (pictured together in 2001)

Before joining the cast, Catherine admitted she ‘only watched’ to see what Michael was doing as she ‘loves’ seeing him on screen.  

Michael is in a relationship with actress Anna Lundberg, 26, and they share a 20-month-old daughter called Lyra. He is also the father to Lily Mo, 22, with his ex Kate Beckinsale.  

Meanwhile Catherine tied the knot with Michael Douglas, 76, in 2000. They share daughter Carys Zeta Douglas, 18, and son Dylan Michael Douglas, 20.

Family: Meanwhile Catherine tied the knot with Michael Douglas, 76, in 2000 (pictured in 1990) and they share daughter Carys Zeta Douglas, 18, and son Dylan Michael Douglas, 20

Family: Meanwhile Catherine tied the knot with Michael Douglas, 76, in 2000 (pictured in 1990) and they share daughter Carys Zeta Douglas, 18, and son Dylan Michael Douglas, 20

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