Rob Brydon thinks Gavin & Stacey character is gay: ‘I’d be surprised if he wasn’t’
Rob Brydon says he believes his Gavin & Stacey Bryn is gay, addressing the character’s sexuality after years of fan speculation.
The Welsh actor played Bryn West, the kind-hearted uncle to Stacey Shipman, for more than a decade.
The BBC sitcom alluded to Bryn’s sexuality throughout with vague jokes often involving gay stereotypes – such as West’s love for Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City. There was also a long-running mystery surrounding a fishing trip Bryn took with his gay nephew, Jason.
Appearing on the Table Manners podcast Wednesday (29 December), Brydon said he wouldn’t be surprised if Bryn was gay – but that it’s ultimately up to the audience to decide.
“There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to say anything,” he told hosts Jessie and Lennie Ware, “because I think it should be in the mind of the audience.
“Obviously they have written it… but if it’s not ambiguous, is it? I mean, I’d be surprised if Bryn wasn’t gay. But I wonder if he’s just never acted on it?
“They’ve [Gavin & Stacey writers James Corden and Ruth Jones] never said to me [whether he was gay or not] – it’s just what’s there in the script.
“But you know, the way he gazes at Larry Lamb, at Mick, though he’s a lovely looking boy.”
“I think it’s for the audience to decide for themselves,” he added.
Gavin & Stacey stirred criticism with its most recent outing, the 2019 Christmas special.
During the episode, Bryn was joined on stage by Ruth Jones’ Nessa to perform a karaoke duet of The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”, which includes the lyric: “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy f****t.”
After James Corden’s character, Smithy, enthusiastically shouts “I love this part!”, the cameras switch to Brydon timidly singing the controversial lyric.
But it an about-turn, the BBC eventually scrubbed the slur from reruns of the special, and from its streaming service, BBC iPlayer.