Actor Ferrell to join list of Leeds investors

Hollywood actor Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell at an NHL ice hockey game in Los Angeles last month [Reuters]

Hollywood megastar Will Ferrell is set to join the list of celebrity investors in Championship club Leeds United.

BBC Radio Leeds reports it is a minor stake and he will not be a decision maker at Elland Road.

The club have been owned by 49ers Enterprises since last summer, when they completed a £170m takeover deal.

Fellow actor Russell Crowe already has a stake in Leeds, having 'considered' making an offer to buy the club in 2015.

The current Leeds owners are the investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers NFL franchise and among their shareholders are a number of US sports stars, including golfers Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

Ferrell, 56, is the star of numerous films including Elf, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Daddy's Home and Bewitched.

He is a big sports fan and a part-owner of Major League Soccer franchise Los Angeles FC.

In February, Ferrell attended a game involving Wrexham, who are owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney - Ferrell and Reynolds appeared together in Spirited.

And two days later he was at Anfield as Liverpool beat Everton 2-0 in the Merseyside derby.

Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell watched a game at Anfield in February 2023 [Getty Images]

Leeds finished third in the Championship following defeat by Southampton on Saturday and now face a two-leg play-off against Norwich City.

The winners will then take on Southampton or West Brom at Wembley on 26 May with a place in the Premier League - from which Leeds were relegated last season - at stake.