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Gay actor Russell Tovey: ‘It might be more of a risk for me to play a gay character’

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  1. Rubbish he played a gay character in doctor who.. one that was going to be seduced by captain jack

    1. Countryboy 1 May 2013, 7:32pm

      I don’t think he was a gay character as such, I think Captain Jack would just seduce anything fit, and Russell is fit as F.

      1. Marcwebbo3 1 May 2013, 8:25pm

        Martin is right….his character in Doctor Who was gay….why else would The Doctor set them up together in The End Of Time?

        1. Agreed…The Doctor is’t going to give Jack the name of a straight guy now is he? lol

          1. It’s implied that his character is gay in one scene, with no lines, at the end of an unrelated episode. In the Titanic-themed episode in which the same character played a substantial role there was zero suggestion about his sexuality either way. That is not a gay character in any meaningful sense. Tovey’s point still holds.

    2. Alonso wasnt written as a gay character- that was just sort of thrown in at the end of the last episode Tennant did. I think what he means is he doesnt want to get typecast, which frankly would probably happen if he was to do an Anthony Cotton/John Partridge/bloke with the dodgy tache on hollyoaks type role.
      LOVE mr Tovey!!!

  2. How is playing a gay character any different from playing a straight character?
    Unless of course he means playing a camp character which is a different thing entirely and straight as well as gay people can be camp. So yes i think if he can play a straight character he can play a gay person even if he might not be able to do camp very well

  3. BruceWillisFan 1 May 2013, 7:50pm

    I really like actor Russell Tovey as a person & as a actor (plus he is gorgeous) & so what if he played another gay character in a film or tv series because at least he would be honest, open & comfortable with his sexuality & playing himself on screen. but if he says he cant play himself again on screen I think that is very said because that means he cant be honest with himself. but I still love him though :)

  4. I don’t see why The Doctor cannot regenerate as gay.

    It could be his first gay part, and the first Gay Doctor, but I don’t think the Beeb would have the balls.

  5. Suddenly Last Bummer 1 May 2013, 8:47pm

    31? And the rest. He’s been hovering around that particular age for the last 4 or 5 years. Still kudos to him for getting acting roles with that face. He looks like the ‘before’ in a plastic surgery advert or the ‘after’ in a ”When Face Transplants Go Wrong” style of tv show.

    1. Meow!! Leave the big-eared love god alone!!

    2. Oh and Nov 1981 is his correct date of birth, its in births index for Havering, volume 13 pg 0051, Russell George Tovey, mother Haynes…
      The joys of Ancestry.co.uk!

  6. mr tovey is a babe and just as well he gave doctot wtf a body swerve… it is crap with cream on it! wouldn’t bother trying for a gay role either – even for a special role – british drama is so poorly written, lacks conviction, lacks proper direction so it’s not worth the hassle. perhaps tovey should do a damon/affleck and write/direct himself?

  7. Personally, I would like to see Russell play another gay character- only make it a blokey gay action hero type. Added to which, he did also play a rent boy in Ashes to Ashes, if I recall correctly.

  8. I met Russell about 4 yrs ago, what a nasty gobby little sod he was, he needed a good punch.

    1. What does that have to do with anything?

  9. Didn’t he play a gay producer in Rob Brydon’s Panal show? It was brilliant and made Brydon’s awkwardness with gay people so funny

    1. ...a talent to abuse. 2 May 2013, 3:26pm

      You’re quite right. When reading this article that thought it strange that he had omitted to mention this role.

  10. Colin (London) 1 May 2013, 10:23pm

    Great actor. Love his work. Comes accross as an open person and……. Cute as…….

    Every success Russell

  11. Seymour Cat 1 May 2013, 11:01pm

    He played Marcus Johnstone, a gay character in Ashes To Ashes, the sequel to Life On Mars.

  12. Well, except for Ian McKellen, BD Wong, Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Derek Jacobi, Chad Allen, Victor Garber, John Glover, Cheyenne Jackson and numerous others Tovey is the ONLY one. Real unique.

    Tovey and his agent are either the most out of touch people in the business or they’re both idiots.

    1. It’s possible they meant ‘in the UK’ – where McKellen and Jacobi have, within the last few days, hit the screen in a truly disastrously outdated so-called sitcom centred on an elderly gay couple.

    2. John Barrowman – He’s a Brit/American actor and he’s managed it very well

  13. Ok, 99% of the time gay actors don’t want to be stereotyped by playing gay roles (straight actors don’t complain about straight stereotyping do they, but I digress) is because generally they are still in the closet and don’t want to loose work.
    Russell – we ALL know. And this is the UK, not America. You’ll still get work no matter what role you play. it’s not like you’ve been unemployed for the past 5 years is it?

  14. Move what forward where?

  15. “because it’s not really been done before that someone who is completely out is able to play straight roles.”

    WHAT?! There are plenty of openly OUT gay actors who have played straight roles!!

    As Captain Jack has been mentioned I do believe the man who plays him is doing fine and dandy playing Malcolm Merlin in Arrow who is straight and Merlyn isn’t the first ‘straight’ role John Barrowman has played! If anything he’s played more straight than gay roles…

    Sorry Russell but you’re talking rubbish!

    There are also plenty of gay actors who do play gay roles without damage to their career. You’re nothing special sir, no matter what your agent might say!

  16. Well you just cant tell….lol

  17. The Best of all gay actors that play straight roles is good ole Doogey Houser, Neil Patrick Harris, think he’s done more for the gay community being accepted as a gay actor womanizer Barney Stinson on How I Met….. jt

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