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British actor Ben Whishaw comes out as gay, in civil partnership

Monday, August 5, 2013

LONDON — British actor Ben Whishaw, who played the role of Q in the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall,” has revealed that he is gay, and in a civil partnership.

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Ben Whishaw (right) and Mark Bradshaw

A representative for the 32-year-old actor confirmed Whishaw entered into civil partnership a year ago in Sydney with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw.

“Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work,” his spokesman said Friday night, according to the Daily Mail.

“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,” he said.

Whishaw’s sexual orientation has been the subject of much speculation, sparked in part by a 2011 interview with Out magazine while he was playing a gay character in an off-Broadway play, The Pride.

“As an actor you have total rights to privacy and mystery, whatever your sexuality, whatever you do,” he said. “I don’t see why that has to be something you discuss openly because you do something in the public eye.”

The couple first met on the set of Jane Campion’s 2009 film Bright Star, in which Whishaw played poet John Keats in a story about the latter’s love affair with a neighbor — Bradshaw scored the music.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. not fair he was never on the market

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:43pm
  2. Awesome! Good for him!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:46pm
  3. Congratz!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:58pm
  4. I agree… He is so…. Good looking! And he was also in Cloud Atlas! For crying out loud!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:58pm
  5. He´s really good looking. Congrats to him though!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:02pm
  6. Aaron stfu… your envy is disgusting… if no one cared it wouldn´t end up on an article..

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:02pm
  7. congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:14pm
  8. watched Skyfall a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty obvious to me!!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:15pm
  9. Cheers that !

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:19pm
  10. Best wishes for a happy life!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:25pm
  11. baby, we knew ;)

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:43pm
  12. good for you hunny xx

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:48pm
  13. wlecome..beautiful..

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:59pm
  14. he´s so cute

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 9:13pm
  15. He didn´t have too. We know!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 9:15pm
  16. You mean he wasn´t out already? AND there were people that DIDN´T know? XD

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 9:46pm
  17. He´s a really cute guy. Good Luck, Ben.

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:06pm
  18. Good for him!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:48pm
  19. Glad he has courage to be himself publicly and also glad that he has a partner!!

    Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:57pm
  20. Ofcourse he is!!!! Good!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 2:09am
  21. well no matter m8 i could possibly still HUG you anyways so just you come over here sometime so i can ask to HUG you :p

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 3:58am
  22. So happy

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 4:03am