Russell Tovey: 'My sexuality still comes up in casting'
Published Saturday, Aug 24 2013, 16:56 BST | By Beth Curtis
Russell Tovey has admitted that his sexuality still comes up when being cast in straight roles.
The openly gay actor, who is best known for playing Rudge in The History Boys, werewolf George Sands Junior in Being Human and Steve in Him & Her, told The Guardian that questions are still asked about whether audiences can accept gay actors in straight roles.
He said: "I'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."
However, Tovey insisted that most television viewers "don't give a f**k about your private life or know who you are".
The 31-year-old rose to prominence in archetypal "bloke" roles, but said that he is keen to play a gay character in future.
He added: "I really want to do it properly, with something that is clever and moving everything forward rather than covering old ground.
"Not someone who's gay and miserable, dying of Aids, secluded, a bit weird. I want to play someone who's normal and just happens to be gay."
Tovey will next appear in crime mystery What Remains, which starts on BBC One at 9pm tomorrow (August 25).