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Russell Tovey fell ‘desperately in love’ with a ‘much older actor’ while filming early TV show

Russell Tovey on Section 28 and being 'slightly envious' of younger queers

Russell Tovey. (David Levenson/Getty Images)

Russell Tovey has revealed that he fell “desperately in love” with a “much older actor” while filming an early television series.

The gay actor opened up about coming to terms with his sexuality and his first major crush in an interview with Attitude magazine.

“I was doing a TV show and I was desperately in love with this much older actor and had such a crush on him, and I didn’t think anyone knew,” Tovey said.

“I thought I was hiding it very well, but I wasn’t. This older actress took me for a walk along the beach where it was filming and explained to me that I might be gay.

“She said, ‘If you are, that’s great; if you’re not, that’s fine. But you might be.’ It felt like, oh, that’s an option. That is something I can possibly be. That’s what those feelings I’m having are.”

Russell Tovey felt ‘lost’ as a younger gay man

Tovey continued: “It’s confusing because you’re living in a world where you’re being told there’s nowhere you can look to understand, what are my feelings?

The only place I’ve experienced some sort of homophobia was once at a Soho House festival.

“You feel lost and at that age, to have someone put their hand out and go, ‘Come here. This is just me giving a bit of advice.’ It stayed with me forever and changed everything.”

Russell Tovey Attitude magazine
Russell Tovey graces the cover of the latest issue of Attitude magazine.

Elsewhere in the interview, Tovey opened up about a bizarre homophobic experience he had at a Soho House festival.

The Years and Years star said: “The only place I’ve experienced some sort of homophobia was once at a Soho House festival.

“Me and my friend Matt Kennard, who is actually straight, were at the bar getting drinks and somebody says, ‘Come on, gay boys, hurry up, gay boys.’ We ended up having a scrap with the guy. It was just like, ‘Excuse me? What the f**k is going on? This is f**king Soho House, of all places!’ It was so preposterous and bizarre.

“It was so odd. Homophobia is so odd. It’s just so odd,” he said.

The May issue of Attitude magazine is out now.

Russell T Davies is hopeful for Queer as Folk reboot

The original Queer as Folk cast.

Queer as Folk ran for two seasons, the first episode airing on February 23, 1999. (Channel 4)

Russell T Davies has said he is hopeful for a reboot of his iconic series Queer as Folk, even if he won’t be the one to write it.

Following the runaway success of It’s a Sin, which was so popular it broke All 4 streaming records and drove a 91 per cent increase in viewership, Davies has spoken about the possibility of reviving the 1990s queer classic.

Asked by The Hollywood Reporter whether he would be involved in the project, Davies confirmed that Closet Monster director Stephen Dunn would be the one to write a Queer as Folk reboot.

He said: “Stephen Dunn has the rights to Queer as Folk and I hope he gets it made.

“We’ve read the scripts and I gave a few notes. I hope it happens, but it’s not my show anymore and I’m happy to hand it over.

“I don’t think I should be, sitting here at my age, revamping my old property. I think that’s a bit sad.”

Davies said that when he left Doctor Who, he vowed to only work on gay drama, and continued: “I did Banana and Cucumber and Tofu, and then I did the gayest production for A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC One that you’ll ever see.

“Then I did Years and YearsA Very English Scandal and now It’s a Sin. I’ve reached the end of that cycle, if I have cycles. I now think whatever I write will be gay.

“Maybe it doesn’t need to be aggressively queer content, but it’s queer because I’m making it. I don’t know where that’s leading but I will find out.”

Davies, who has been outspoken since It’s a Sin’s release about his commitment to casting LGBT+ actors in LGBT+ roles, also explained why he didn’t feel this was possible when casting the original Queer as Folk.

He said: “It wasn’t possible. With hindsight, you think, should we have made more effort? Because out gay actors did exist then, but again, out gay lead actors, it’s a great fallacy to presume all actors are the same.

“You can’t point to an actor and say he’s out, that doesn’t mean they’re a lead actor. It’s my job as a program maker to make programs modern.

“To feel like they’re made in 2021. To get that energy. To get authenticity. I would be failing if I didn’t.”

Ryan Russell, Jackie Cox & more on holiday traditions and redefining the festive season / Queerty

Ryan Russell, Jackie Cox & more on holiday traditions and

There’s no wrong way to celebrate the holidays, and in this year where travel is limited, the LGBTQ community is redefining what the festive season looks like. In this installment of the OUT FOR GOOD series, we’re talking to RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Jackie Cox; NFL player Ryan K. Russell; Big Brother’s Natalie Negrotti, and Sirius XM radio co-host, Doug Budin, about all things holiday.

We discussed everything from what “chosen family” means, to how they come together and celebrate.

Find out how these folks are gearing up to get in the holiday spirit:

Russell Tovey and Ian McKellen in a battle of wits and a chilling mystery / Queerty

Russell Tovey and Ian McKellen in a battle of wits

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Twister: The Good Liar

Oscar-winner Bill Condon helms this mystery/thriller, which stars cinematic lion Sir Ian McKellen. In the film, McKellen plays Roy, an aging Con Juan who seducing older, single women to rob them of their money. His latest target: Betty McLeish (Dame Helen Mirren), a recently widowed professor with a fortune in the bank. Betty falls hard for Roy’s charms right away, though her grandson Steven (Russell Tovey), smells a plot.

More than that we’ll not reveal here, as one of the great charms of The Good Liar is its labyrinth of plot twists, reversals and reveals. Suffice it to say that there’s much more to Roy’s past than he would have Betty know, and that she has a secret or two of her own. McKellen and Mirren–two giants of acting–relish their roles, and play their scenes together with typical intensity. Tovey too gives a mature performance in his role as Steven, a man who wants his grandmother to be happy, as much as to be safe. Well paced, taut with suspense and threaded with some very dark humor, The Good Liar should remind viewers that a good movie doesn’t need sex, explosions or tons of special effects. Rather, it just needs some compelling characters and some irresistible actors.

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