Gay marriage is a worldwide issue right now. As we slowly but surely edge our way towards equality, it’s important to remember that the world is still very harsh to our LGBT friends and family.
It’s getting better, but coming out is never easy. Here are a few actors and actresses who’ve had the guts and pride to stand up for who they are in the face of adversity.
1. Russell Tovey
He was obsessed with the profession from an early age, and began missing so much school he nearly had to give it up entirely.
He mastered theater early on, appearing onstage in plays like His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials while still a teenager.
He became a favorite of Russell T. Davies, who he met after being cast as Midshipman Alonso Frame in the Doctor Who episode, “Voyage of the Damned”, a role he reprised for the 2009 Christmas special.
Davies liked Tovey so much he suggested him as a possible replacement for David Tennant before Matt Smith was eventually cast. Tovey found his biggest role playing the werewolf George Sands in BBC Three’s Being Human.
He received critical acclaim for his role, find both pathos and comedy in what could have been a very silly role. Tovey also found acclaim in a one-off performance in Stephen Moffat’s Sherlock where he played a dim-witted, traumatized witness to a murder.
Unfortunately, the actor said coming out to his parents was difficult, and caused friction within the family. Nonetheless, he’s been happily in love for four years with his boyfriend, and he continues to work steadily in TV and theater, much to the joy of his fans.