British Actor Ben Whishaw Confirms He’s Gay — And In A Civil Partnership!

BWBritish actor Ben Whishaw, best-known for taking over the iconic role of Q in the most recent James Bond caper Skyfall, has not only confirmed speculation that he’s gay but revealed he’s “married” to his partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw.

The couple met on the set of Bright Star, a 2009 Australian film about poet John Keats and had a civil union ceremony in Sydney last August, reports Daily Mail.

Whishaw, who has played numerous gay characters in films such as 2008’s Brideshead Revisited and last year’s Cloud Atlas, was somewhat ambiguous about his sexual orientation in an interview with Out magazine two years ago. He noted the importance of openly gay role models but stopped short of coming out, saying that he was in the middle of a “transitional thing.”

Now the actor’s publicist has removed any doubt, saying, “Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work. Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.”