Russell Tovey is a gay actor who mostly plays straight roles, which is something he says is unique. Known for his roles as werewolf George Sands Junior in "Being Human", Tovey admits his sexuality does come up when being cast in most of the straight roles he has been in. As Digital Spy reports on August 25, Tovey admits questions still arise on whether audiences can accept gay actors in straight roles.
In an interview with the Guardian, Tovey explains:
"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."
But, according to the 31-year-old Tovey , most television audiences don't care about an actor's private life or who they are which is evident in the popularity of the roles he have played. Characters like Rudge in "The History Boys" and Steve in "Him & Her" were roles where audiences accepted and identified with Russell Tovey as the character he played and not who he is in his personal life.
Russell Tovey said he wouldn't mind actually playing a gay character in the future, but says he wants it to be a role that relays something of importance to the audience, something that will make a difference in their views of homosexuality.
"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 recently auditioned for Doctor Who and currently stars the sitcom "The job Lot". He is also set to appear in "What Remains", a crime mystery on BBC One.