Jim Broadbent: New spy drama ‘isn’t a gay story’

Joseph McCormick November 9, 2015
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Jim Broadbent has opened up about gay spy drama ‘London Spy’, saying “it’s not a gay story”.

Broadbent stars alongside gay actor Ben Whishaw in the BBC drama which will debut tonight.


Asked by the Guardian about the story, Broadbent says: “It’s not a gay story”.

“It’s not about that,” he continues: “It’s about these particular guys, who happen to be gay, who are in the midst of this maelstrom of an unfolding tale.”

BAFTA-winning Ben Whishaw, who plays the lead in the series, said at a press conference that the series is more of “a love story”, and that it simply has “some ingrdients of a spy thriller”.

The James Bond star says despite starring in more and more spy dramas, he rarely watches them.

“But this doesn’t really feel like a spy drama to me – it sort of is, but it’s broader than that. it’s about a character who’s not within that world, but somebody who stumbles into it and to whom it’s alien and mystifying,

“So it doesn’t feel like a traditional spy thriller in that sense – it’s more about the character’s mind. You’re in this person’s head and it’s his experience.”


The series debuts tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

Watch the trailer below:

Related topics: ben whishaw, london spy, spy drama

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