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


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. I saw him in The Hour on BBC America, (which was/is excellent, btw), and was really taken with his intensity. I don't think he has to worry about his sexuality being block to getting more roles. He's an artist.

    Posted by: Brian Floyd | Aug 15, 2013 9:14:16 PM

  2. Interestingly Ben has just been tapped to replace Sasha Cohen in the biopic of the legendary Queen front-man ,Freddie Mercury! Queen survivors and fellow band mates Brian May and Roger Taylor are heavily involved with all aspects of the movie including casting. I'm happy for Ben. This is a huge meaty role!(now wondering who will make the first joke about the adjectives "huge" and "meaty" lol.*cheers!*

    Posted by: queenrosered | Oct 24, 2013 3:23:55 AM

  3. He looks very happy with Mark and I wish them all the best and thank them for going public.

    Posted by: vimax | Dec 10, 2013 7:09:18 AM

  4. Swoon, yes: "The Hollow Crown," "The Tempest."

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 17, 2014 10:29:56 AM

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