Openly gay actor Rupert Everett has said that coming from “the last years of illegality” focused his character.

In an interview with the Guardian, he said: “I’m a gay man who came from the last years of illegality. That focused my whole character. I think it focused everyone’s character in a way. You saw yourself as outside of the main structure.”

On gays becoming part of the ‘heterosexual norm’, he added: “The whole thing of what happened afterwards – now, wanting to be … It’s not what I want.”

In April, the actor launched an attack on gay men who father children and get married, calling them “egocentric and vain”.

In the latest interview, he said the only downside to being childless was not having anyone to “mop you up when you’re older”.

On his own mortality, he said: “I should probably have a fatal heart attack from an overdose of poppers on stage at the National Theatre aged 78. My amethyst rings will be being prised off me by some pretty dresser, and that’s about as much attention as I’ll get.”