Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has said he was thrilled that newspapers suspected he was gay because he had a “gay face.”

In an interview carried in the Daily Express, the star said that he became fodder for gossip columns after being catapulted to fame as the boy wizard.

He said: “I had to smile when stories emerged questioning whether I was gay. Obviously I knew I wasn’t but people were curiously desperate to suggest I was.

“The papers used to say I had a gay face, whatever that is, or a gay voice but it simply wasn’t true… (But) when you know a gay guy has a crush on you, it’s the most flattering thing.”

He is currently starring in the film adaption of The Woman In Black and confirmed he is dating Rosie Coker, finally dispelling the gay questions.

Radcliffe said: “Now I have a girlfriend so I’m guessing everyone finally believes me… I decided a long time ago to be open about everything in my life so when photos appeared of me and Rosie together I confirmed we were dating and it put an end to the rumours.”

Last month, he recorded the video for the California-based organisation The Trevor Project which runs a support helpline for gay, bi and trans youth.

He said: “I’m Daniel Radcliffe, and I believe that reaching out for help is the bravest thing a person can do. If you are struggling and need support, call the Trevor Lifeline. It’s free and confidential, and trained counsellors are there to listen 24/7 without judgment.”

In the March issue of Attitude magazine, Radcliffe said: “The ultimate reason gay marriage should be legalised everywhere is because, as a kid, you look to your mum and dad and they’re married; then you look at the gay couple who’ve been together for the same amount of time, but because they can’t get married their relationship doesn’t seem the same.

“Yes, gay marriage is about symbolically blessing a relationship, but the larger issue is about transmitting a fundamental message about equality. Gay people should have equality in law everywhere.”