Jim Parsons, who is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the US sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ has been described as gay and in a 10-year relationship in a profile for the New York Times.

The revelation was quietly added towards the end of the article, discussing Mr Parsons’ appearance as a gay man in the Broadway play, ‘The Normal Heart.’

Mr Parsons, whose performance in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ has won him several awards, including two Emmys and a Golden Globe, has been quiet about his private life. He has yet to reveal the identity of his partner, though most of the fans of the show believe that the latter’s name is, Todd Spiewak, with whom he is regularly photographed, and whom he usually thanks when accepting awards.

While his privacy has been praised by some, others, such as Michael Musto for Out magazine, want him, and others like him, to come out loud and proud, calling it “the honourable — and sensible — thing to do.”