Michael Sheen's fans mourn the loss of his signature beard as he prepares to play Chris Tarrant in new ITV drama series Quiz

Michael Sheen has shaved his signature beard as he prepares to play Chris Tarrant in upcoming TV drama series Quiz - based on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? coughing cheat scandal.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the screen star, 50, debuted his clean-cut look as he briefly documented a flight back to the UK in a short clip, which he captioned: 'Back by popular demand. Sadly the beard didn’t make it...#homewardbound.'

The Tron actor's fans were left divided over his new appearance, as some claimed they felt as if they lost Michael with the absence of his beard, while others insisted he looks better without his bushy facial hair.

'#RIPMichaelSheensbeard': Michael Sheen (pictured) has shaved his signature beard as he prepares to play Chris Tarrant in upcoming TV drama series Quiz
Infamous: The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal is being adapted into a TV drama starring Michael and Matthew Macfadyen (Chris, 72, pictured in 2004)

'#RIPMichaelSheensbeard': Michael Sheen (L) has shaved his signature beard as he prepares to play Chris Tarrant (R)in upcoming TV drama series Quiz

Masters of Sex star Michael ditched his trademark appearance in a bid to properly portray the TV and radio broadcaster, 72.

Flooding his social media platform with comments, one fan honoured the award-winning thespian's full beard by creating the hashtag: '#RIPMichaelSheensbeard.' 

The Twitter user shared: 'Ever since @michaelsheen came into my life he’s had a beard and don’t get me wrong I’m digging the new look but I’m just sad I didn’t get to say goodbye to the beard so I made a tribute video #RIPMichaelSheensbeard (also I’m sorry I made a pic of him bald).'

'Day 32! Hallllloooo @michaelsheen! We hope you got home safely! Many of our followers are mourning the loss of your beard... are we correct that your hashtag response #WhoWantsToBeABaldyFace means you did so to prepare to play Chris Tarrant in ‘Quiz’?', another penned.

Switching it up: The Tron actor's fans were left divided over his new appearance, as some claimed they felt as if they lost Michael with the absence of his beard (pictured in May)

Switching it up: The Tron actor's fans were left divided over his new appearance, as some claimed they felt as if they lost Michael with the absence of his beard (pictured in May)

What's so funny? Masters of Sex star Michael ditched his trademark appearance in a bid to properly portray the TV and radio broadcaster

What's so funny? Masters of Sex star Michael ditched his trademark appearance in a bid to properly portray the TV and radio broadcaster

Poking fun at his shaven look, a shocked fan added: 'Thank you Michael, you made me choke on my coke.'

Others chimed in: 'MICHAEL I'M SCREAMING PLEASE DON'T SCARE ME LIKE THIS.

'it feels like I've know his forever with the beard but him as aziraphale feels like a whole ass different person so his new beardless look is so... new' [sic].

A legion of followers shared their delight over the Midnight in Paris star's look as they tweeted: 'Your face is brilliance not matter the beard situation. [sic]

Not a fan: Poking fun at his clean-cut look, a shocked fan tweeted: 'Thank you Michael, you made me choke on my coke

Not a fan: Poking fun at his clean-cut look, a shocked fan tweeted: 'Thank you Michael, you made me choke on my coke

'I probably get banished on Twitter and stoned on sight but I think you look younger and more handsome without the beard. There I said it.

'I just like that we can see more of your glorious smile now', his loyal fans said.

The infamous Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal is being adapted into a TV drama starring Michael and Matthew Macfadyen. 

The three-part series will tell the story of former Army Major Ingram who won the top prize on the show in 2001 but was found guilty in 2003 of cheating his way to the £1million prize money.

In favour: A legion of followers shared their delight over the Midnight in Paris star's look

In favour: A legion of followers shared their delight over the Midnight in Paris star's look

Charles, 56, sneakily listened out for coughs from college lecturer Tecwen Whittock - who sat in the audience - to steer him to the correct answers.

The new drama - titled Quiz - will air on ITV, which continues to broadcast Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? first aired in 1998, and is considered to be the 'most successful game show of all time'. 

Matthew Macfadyen will play Charles, the so-called 'Coughing Major', while Fleabag actress Sian Clifford will take up the role as his wife Diana and Michael will portray the show's former host Chris. 

Oh dear:  The three-part ITV series will tell the story of former Army Major Ingram, who won the top prize on the show in 2001 but was found guilty in 2003 of cheating (pictured in 2007)

Oh dear:  The three-part ITV series will tell the story of former Army Major Ingram, who won the top prize on the show in 2001 but was found guilty in 2003 of cheating (pictured in 2007)

Portrayal: ITV recently released a first-look image of Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford (pictured) in their new roles as Charles and his wife Diana

Portrayal: ITV recently released a first-look image of Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford (pictured) in their new roles as Charles and his wife Diana 

The drama is directed by Stephen Frears, whose credits include A Very English Scandal and The Queen.

Helen McCrory, Mark Bonnar and Aisling Bea will also star in the production, penned by James Graham, whose play of the story hit the West End.

The playwright said: 'I was gripped by this story over 15 years ago, and I'm still gripped now. It's a very English heist.'

ITV's head of drama Polly Hill said the three-part series would be 'an extraordinary and thoroughly British story and is going to be a real treat for our audience'.  

 

Michael Sheen's fans mourn the loss of his signature beard

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