Ben Whishaw paid tribute to ‘queer icon’ Norman Scott, the stablehand he portrayed on the BBC TV show A Very English Scandal, when he won his Golden Globe last night.
The Mary Poppins Returns star won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television for the role.
Scott was central to the Thorpe affair of the 1970s, after going public about his sexual affair with Jeremy Thorpe, the then-leader of the Liberal Party.
In his acceptance speech, Whishaw said: ‘[He] took on the establishment with courage and a defiance that I find completely inspiring. He’s a true queer hero and icon. And Norman, this is for you.’
Thorpe was portrayed on the 2018 drama series by Hugh Grant, star of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.
‘It needs to be an even playing field’
Speaking backstage at the ceremony, the star also addressed gay actors playing straight roles in movies.
‘I would like to see more gay actors playing straight roles,’ he said. ‘It needs to be an even playing field for everybody that would be my ideal.’
Ben has also worked on films such as Bright Star and Paddington.