British actor Ben Whishaw best known for his roles in Skyfall, Brideshead Revisited, and Cloud Atlas has confirmed he’s gay via a statement from a publicist and confirms that he married his partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, nearly a year ago.
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.’
Welcome to the freedom to be who you are Ben and a belated congratulations to the happy couple.