Actor Ryan Sampson has publicly come out as gay, sharing a cute photo of him with his boyfriend on social media.
The 33-year-old, who plays Grumio in the sitcom Plebs, said he had received messages on Instagram from someone attempting to engage him in “homophobic banter”.
He said he wanted to “straighten” the situation out and posted the photo on Twitter on Wednesday (February 20).
He wrote: “Hi y’all. So. I was on Instagram and I looked at my direct messages and it turned out someone was trying to rope me in to some (pretty creaky) homophobic banter. Huh!
“So, for clarity, here’s a pic of me and the boyf. Just to, y’know… straighten that one out. As it were.”
Fans responded to his post positively and wished the pair the best.
Hi y’all. So. I was on Instagram and I looked at my direct messages and it turned out someone was trying to rope me in to some (pretty creaky) homophobic banter. Huh! So, for clarity, here’s a pic of me and the boyf. Just to, y’know… straighten that one out. As it were. ✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/c7dZpfPfIy
— Ryan Sampson (@MrRyanSampson) February 20, 2019
One person wrote: “How gorgeous are you two together! Go Ryan! As for your reply I feel sad you’ve had to do this to try and shut someone up. It’s your life, live it love it, enjoy that beautiful boyfriend of yours and forget the bigots with empty lives.”
Another added: “How gorgeous you two are! Can I make you matching hats? Taught myself to crochet so they might be ready for next winter. Would defo suit you! Love to you both. Hope you’re long in love.”
“You two look bloody lovely. Now show us the rest of him not hiding behind your huge muscles,” one person tweeted.
Sampson is known for playing various roles in the comedy sketch show Glitchy. He also appeared in the comedy After You’ve Gone.
He also appeared in the Netflix hit The Crown, as well as two episodes of Doctor Who.