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TV star comes out… by introducing the world to his boyfriend

Actor Ryan Sampson poses for a selfie, via Instagram

Actor Ryan Sampson, 33-year-old star of the British sitcom Plebs, has taken to social media to shut down homophobes…by coming out.

In a post to Twitter, the actor noted that he had received messages from an Instagram user wanting to engage him in “homophobic banter.” Sampson refused to take the bait, posting a picture of himself with his boyfriend instead–the first public admission by Sampson that he is gay.

“Hi y’all,” Sampson wrote in his post. “So. I was on Instagram and I looked at my direct messages and it turned out someone was trying to rope me in to some (pretty creaky) homophobic banter. Huh! So, for clarity, here’s a pic of me and the boyf. Just to, y’know… straighten that one out. As it were.”

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Support from fans via Twitter has overwhelmingly congratulated Sampson on coming out and shown him support. In addition to his work on Plebs, Sampson has also appeared on Doctor Who and The Crown.

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