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Michael Sheen took the Tinker Bell role for his daughter

Michael Sheen has admitted it is a struggle balancing his work with being a father.

The 41-year-old British actor – who voiced the part of Dr Griffiths in new Disney DVD Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue – is father to 11-year-old Lily, who lives with her mother Kate Beckinsale and Kate’s husband director Len Wiseman in Los Angeles.

Michael said: “I think parenthood is a wonderful balancing act – on the one hand, you want to spend as much time with your children as possible.

“On the other hand, you want to set an example for them to see that you’re fulfilled in your life and in your work.

“I want my daughter to grow up and do something that she’s passionate about and I hope that the example that her mother and I set will help her do that.

“At the same time, I don’t want to let work take over and become my priority in life. Striking the right balance is a tough juggling act for all parents – and it’s something we all struggle with.”

Michael revealed Lily was part of the reason he took the role in the Tinkerbell film.

He said: “Fairies meant a lot to her growing up. She’s always been fascinated by magic and pixie dust, so the idea of being involved in something my daughter could watch was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“She was really excited when she found out that I was going to voice a character in a Tinker Bell film. She was over the moon, which made me a very happy father.”

::Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday December 6

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