Ben Whishaw says ‘most people are on a spectrum’ with their sexuality

‘If we’re honest about sexuality, most people are on a spectrum’: Actor Ben Whishaw, 38, admits he struggled with being gay in his twenties and ‘hated’ himself

  • Ben Whishaw said he didn’t feel ‘very good about himself’ because of sexuality 
  • Paddington actor, from Bedfordshire, has been in a civil partnership since 2012
  • In interview with Sunday Times Magazine he said most people are on ‘spectrum’ 
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British star Ben Whishaw has opened up about his personal life in a candid interview and said that he believes ‘most people are on a spectrum’ when it comes to sexuality.

The Skyfall actor, 38, who has been in a civil partnership with composer Mark Bradshaw since 2012, admitted that while he is more open about his sexuality now, he struggled with it during his twenties and even ‘hated’ himself.. 

In a new interview with the Sunday Times magazine, the star from Bedfordshire spoke  hit back at the pigeon-holing of actors, arguing that it wasn’t always straightforward to define sexual orientation.

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Actor Ben Whishaw, pictured at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards in California, has said he believes ‘most people are on a spectrum’ when it comes to sexuality

Talking about hit singer Freddie Mercury, who he was at one stage being considered to portray in the Bohemian Rhapsody film, he said: ‘If we’re honest about these things [sexuality], perhaps most people are on a spectrum.’

‘I think it’s very unfair when people say they’re bisexual and they’re accused of being gay really.’

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Although Whishaw has been in a civil partnership with composer Mark Bradshaw since 2012, he wasn’t always so open about his personal life.

For many years he didn’t like to speak about his private life and he didn’t tell the acting world that he was gay in case he was ‘pigeon-holed’ into certain roles. 


Whishaw, pictured with long term partner Mark Bradshaw at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2015, also revealed that he struggled with his sexuality in his twenties

However now Whishaw has said that he doesn’t worry about that and has not experienced any ‘negative effects’ since revealing his own sexuality.

However the Spectre and Skyfall star did reveal that he struggled with his sexuality when he was in his twenties.

He told the paper: ‘I did not feel very good about myself. It was to do with my sexuality and not knowing how to be myself and hating myself.’   

Whishaw and his partner Mr Bradshaw met on the set of Jane Campion’s 2009 film Bright Star. 


The actor has been in numerous films including Paddington, Skyfall, pictured, and Spectre and was worried about being pigeon-holed

The film is about John Keats’s love affair with neighbour Fanny Brawne before his untimely death from TB.

Whishaw played Keats in the film and Bradshaw, now 36, composed the score.

In March 2011 Whishaw gave an interview to gay magazine Out while he was playing a homosexual character in an off-Broadway play, The Pride.

When the interviewer asked whether it was important for young gay people to have positive role models, Whishaw replied: ‘I feel in my heart that it’s important, but I don’t quite know yet the way to go about that. 

‘Maybe that’s the transitional thing I feel I’m in the middle of at the moment.’

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