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Russell Tovey Joins Gay HBO Drama 'Looking' in First Major U.S. Role


British actor Russell Tovey has joined the cast of the gay-themed HBO drama starring Jonathan Groff, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Tovey, best known as werewolf George Sands on the hit BBC supernatural drama Being Human -- which later inspired a U.S. version on Syfy -- has been booked to play the recurring role of Kevin, an accomplished video game wunderkind who has achieved financial and critical success at a young age. Kevin works closely with Patrick, the show's lead, played by Jonathan Groff.

The deal marks the first major U.S. role for the 31-year-old British actor, who is openly gay. Tovey has previously said that he veers away from playing gay roles, telling the Independent, "Every character I play is straight, which is unique, my agent says, because it’s not really been done before that someone who is completely out is able to play straight roles. So for me to play gay it has to be something special, because it might actually be more of a risk. So I’m waiting for that role -- I want it to be something that moves things forward."

Frankie Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, and Scott Bakula also star in the show, which begins shooting soon in San Francisco. The pilot was directed by Weekend director Andrew Haigh.

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  1. Actual gay actors in a gay show? I'm shocked.

    Posted by: toddx | Aug 29, 2013 9:43:47 PM

  2. I've been a big Russell Tovey fan since I saw him in a Agatha Christie Poirot story around 2000. He's a fantastic actor, sexy as heck and has a great Twitter feed.

    I do think he's "played gay" before, his character on Doctor Who got picked up by Captain Jack.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Aug 29, 2013 10:06:33 PM

  3. @TODDX i agree. I know at least 2 of the 3 main characters are actually gay.

    Posted by: James | Aug 29, 2013 10:43:27 PM

  4. *swoon*

    Posted by: Andrew | Aug 29, 2013 10:47:03 PM

  5. Russell is an excellent actor and I'm now genuinely excited about this show.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 29, 2013 10:48:48 PM

  6. Wow, I may watch this thing. Russell is the man. I loved him in "Being Human", and his version of John Chivery in "Little Dorrit" was heartbreaking. I wanted to slap her for turning him down.

    Posted by: Kyle M. Sullivan | Aug 29, 2013 10:55:54 PM

  7. Been following him for a long time...if anyone is interested you can follow him on twitter:

    Posted by: CB | Aug 29, 2013 10:57:06 PM

  8. He does gay in Annually Retentive and as a rent boy in Ashes to Ashes. So this crap of him always playing straight is a falsehood.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Aug 29, 2013 10:58:56 PM

  9. @ Henry Holland: The Poirot episode was "Evil Under The Sun" from 2002. Here's Russell's ass in a wet 30's tank suit (hard to see how cute it is while running):

    And here's the entire episode:

    Thanks, Internet!

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Aug 29, 2013 11:04:01 PM

  10. Um, I think he also did gay porn.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 29, 2013 11:33:22 PM

  11. Good actor. In the British version of Being Human you can see plenty of his nude flesh by the way.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Aug 30, 2013 12:36:45 AM

  12. He is currently playing the boyfriend to his pregnant girlfriend in the British murder/mystery series "What Remains" - which debuted just last week. Another one of those fine British Mysteries. A young but heavyset woman who lives in the top floor flat hears a noise in the attic, climbs the latter and isn't heard from again for many many years. When Tovey and girlfriend move into the building, one floor below, Tovey breaks into the woman's apartment because of a ceiling leak. He climbs to the attic, still following the leak, and finds the rotted corps of the upstairs neighbor. And that's just Episode 1.

    If you get a chance and it is available to you, give it a look see. Tovey plays somewhat of a tough buy role. I'm hooked already and can't wait for episode 2.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 30, 2013 12:39:07 AM

  13. PS - sorry for the typos. Its late Thursday night and has been a long week.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 30, 2013 1:23:14 AM

  14. He could also play a mouse with those ears.

    Posted by: HHH | Aug 30, 2013 1:27:22 AM

  15. You know what they say ... big ears, like big hands, long fingers and big feet are indicative of a substantial piece of manhood. :-)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 30, 2013 1:46:05 AM

  16. Wishing him all the best in his new role. He's super sweet and cute as a button.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 30, 2013 5:51:12 AM

  17. @Quicksilver. Thanks for mentioning Anually Retentive. It's strange he forgets that role.

    Posted by: bollox | Aug 30, 2013 6:56:31 AM

  18. I'm happy for him. Russel is lovely and a good actor, and it's nice when a show with gay characters cast gay actors

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 30, 2013 8:12:19 AM

  19. Well, his character on Doctor Who may not have been gay, but "Alonzo" definitely wasn't straight, either... Just ask Captain Jack.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Aug 30, 2013 8:58:09 AM

  20. I love Russel Tovey. I hope they let him keep his accent.

    Posted by: CHAD | Aug 30, 2013 9:03:15 AM

  21. Good for him. Show sounds promising and he's a fantastic actor!

    Posted by: Beree | Aug 30, 2013 9:08:01 AM

  22. I support all gay themed shows. Exposure is beautiful and this sounds like a phenomenal project that sheds light on LGBT.

    Posted by: M.J | Aug 30, 2013 9:08:38 AM

  23. LCR's; I hate Russell Tovey's positive outlook on LGBTs

    All Other Gays; I Love Russell Tovey.

    What's wrong with this picture?

    If you said Self-Loathing Republicans - You Win!

    Posted by: dean | Aug 30, 2013 9:17:02 AM

  24. In the Doctor Who (one of the best shows around) world, no one is really gay or straight. They are just sexual.

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 30, 2013 10:21:49 AM

  25. Dr. Who had a hermaphrodite alien way back in the early 1970's, though you wouldn't know by looking.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 30, 2013 1:45:41 PM

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