Russell Tovey: Sexuality Still Discussed In Castings

BBC-Russell-ToveyRussell Tovey has admitted his sexuality becomes a topic of discussion when he is cast for roles.

The openly gay actor is perhaps best known for his role in the BBC Three supernatural series Being Human. While he is openly gay the actor usually plays straight characters but in a new interview has revealed his sexuality is raised when he auditions for characters.

Tovey told The GuardianI’ve found out over the years that the conversation about casting me has come up: would it affect the show and the audience if I’m a gay man playing a straight character? These conversations are being had still”

Tovey’s comments echo those of actor Jason Isaacs who has criticised Hollywood’s attitude towards gay actors. Isaacs stated there’s a perception in Hollywood that audiences wouldn’t accept a gay actor playing a straight character which is why many actors remain in the closet because they fear the impact coming out would have on their career.

Earlier this week ITV confirmed it had ordered a second series of the comedy The Job Lot in which Tovey starred alongside Miranda actress Sarah Hadland. According to some media reports the comedy will move to ITV2 for its second outing. Tovey’s other notable roles include the BBC Three comedy Him & Her, Little Dorrit, Gavin and Stacey as well as Doctor Who.

The actor is currently appearing in BBC One‘s new Sunday evening drama What Remains which also stars David Threlfall, David Bamber, Indira Varma and Alexander Arnold.

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