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Actor Ben Whishaw Confirms He's Gay, Married to His Partner

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British actor Ben Whishaw (right, Skyfall, Brideshead Revisited, Cloud Atlas) has confirmed he's gay via a statement from a publicist about his marriage to his partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, which took place nearly a year ago. Up till now it was thought Whishaw was gay but never confirmed because of the actor's hesitancy to discuss it.

The Daily Mail reports:

Speculation was sparked by an interview he gave to the gay magazine Out in March 2011 while playing a homosexual character in an off-Broadway play, The Pride.

When the interviewer asked whether it was important for young gay people to have positive role models, Whishaw replied: ‘I feel in my heart that it’s important, but I don’t quite know yet the way to go about that. Maybe that’s the transitional thing I feel I’m in the middle of at the moment.’

Last night Whishaw’s spokesman confirmed the civil partnership, saying: ‘Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work.

‘Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.’

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  1. Loved him in Perfume. Good on him. Best way to come out is by being married.

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 4, 2013 10:55:18 AM


  2. *swooon*

    welcome to the Out Club, my brother.

    every single performance this man has given has affected me, especially in the polarizing Cloud Atlas.

    his dulcet tones delivering that oh-so-romantic narration.....*sigh*

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 4, 2013 11:00:48 AM


  3. Yay! I love Ben Whishaw. His performance as John Keats in the film BRIGHT STAR is the most amazing performance ever. And he married an Aussie like I did!

    Posted by: Tim Miller | Aug 4, 2013 11:09:41 AM


  4. so, career is over

    Posted by: mike | Aug 4, 2013 11:34:42 AM


  5. doubtful, Mike. baby's star is on the rise.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 4, 2013 11:54:48 AM


  6. Ben was amazing in the film "Perfume", a great film.

    Posted by: Rob West | Aug 4, 2013 12:07:33 PM


  7. Loved him in "Cloud Atlas".

    Posted by: Rob West | Aug 4, 2013 12:10:59 PM


  8. He was good in Brideshead.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Aug 4, 2013 12:11:59 PM


  9. He's one of the actors thought to be in the running for Dr. Who.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 4, 2013 12:16:48 PM


  10. Looking at the photo accompanying this story and the one accompanying the following:


    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/08/84minutes.html


    I can't help but ask; Remember when gay men were meticulous about their hair? Well, there goes another stereotype! LOL!

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 4, 2013 12:33:23 PM


  11. Since when did Towleroad take to ignoring/confusing the important differences between a "civil partnership" (what the press release says they have) and a "marriage" (what your headlines and text say they have)?

    Posted by: Buster | Aug 4, 2013 12:40:32 PM


  12. I didn't know he was gay. I saw "Perfume" and thought he was so cute and good in it.

    Posted by: nick | Aug 4, 2013 1:11:08 PM


  13. Congrats guys

    Posted by: bructer | Aug 4, 2013 1:12:47 PM


  14. According to Whishaw’s spokesman, this is a civil partnership, not a marriage. They're not the same thing; the headline is misleading. (Actually, the headline is just plain wrong.)

    Posted by: Vint | Aug 4, 2013 1:36:30 PM


  15. "Bright Star" did it for me. Swoon, indeed.

    Posted by: David | Aug 4, 2013 1:38:37 PM


  16. So happy for him, he is a person that seems to be very loved by all his affections, you can tell. Have no doubt great things will come form such a good actor.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Aug 4, 2013 1:42:59 PM


  17. So will his last name be "Whishaw-Bradshaw"?

    This almost makes up for the fact that Penelope Cruz didn't become Tom's beard instead of Katie Holmes and change her name to "Cruz-Cruise".

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 4, 2013 1:46:51 PM


  18. It's with a heavy heart I finally acknowledge that Ben isn't going to be mine. I'm kicking myself for not proposing. He looks very happy with Mark and I wish them all the best and thank them for going public.

    Posted by: Greg | Aug 4, 2013 1:56:06 PM


  19. He's adorable. I especially love him in "Brideshead"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 4, 2013 2:29:10 PM


  20. I so enjoyed his performance in Atlas Cloud!

    Posted by: William Bowman | Aug 4, 2013 3:03:15 PM


  21. Great news! I saw him in PRIDE with Hugh Dancy, loved it.

    Posted by: Lankyguy | Aug 4, 2013 3:10:27 PM


  22. ...And, he's not going to be Dr. Who this time around...

    Posted by: anon | Aug 4, 2013 3:30:44 PM


  23. He kept it hidden to get movie roles??? Not very heroic.....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Aug 4, 2013 3:47:34 PM


  24. I'll keep on thinking of him as my future ex-husband. This news doesn't change the previous zero-percent likelihood of that happening someday.

    All best to the *-shaws!

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Aug 4, 2013 3:52:05 PM


  25. folks are saying "swoon," etc.? um...ok...lololol

    Posted by: he's not that cute | Aug 4, 2013 4:34:03 PM


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