Actor Rupert Everett has launched an attack on gay men who father children and get married, calling them “egocentric and vain”.

Speaking to the Daily Beast website, the openly gay star said that surrogacy for gay couples is “absolutely horrendous” and described the gay movement as “full of middleclass old queens”.

He said: “I think this surrogacy thing is crap. It is utterly hideous. I think it’s egocentric and vain.

“And these endless IVF treatments people go through. I mean, if you are meant to have babies then great. But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird.

“If I did have the impulse to be a parent, I would adopt – or foster. But this whole thing of forcing the idea of parenthood on us gay men is so bogus. Marriage? Babies? Please. I want to be illegal. I want to live outside the mainstream.”

He added: “Or am I slightly ahead of the curve? It has to change. These awful middle-class queens – which is what the gay movement has become – are so tiresome. It’s all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers. Everybody has the right to do what they want to do, but still…”