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Out Actor Russell Tovey’s In No Rush To Play Gay

_Russell_Tovey__1605689aAll things in good time, as they say. Although out actor Russell Tovey has a devoted legion of gay admirers due in no small part to his frequent nude scenes in the lamentedly gone British series Being Human, it’s surprising the 31-year-old is OK with being naked but not with playing a gay character.

That might change though. Tovey, who first came to attention in the award-winning gay-themed play The History Boys, says he’s not completely opposed to it. And he apparently considers himself a groundbreaker.

“Every character I play is straight, which is unique, my agent says, because it’s not really been done before that someone who is completely out is able to play straight roles,” Tovey tells The Independent. “So for me to play gay it has to be something special, because it might actually be more of a risk. So I’m waiting for that role – I want it to be something that moves things forward.”