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20 Openly Gay Celebrities Who Play Straight Characters

You probably know about all or most of the celebs on this list, but you may not be aware that they are only straight when they are on the screen. This is our ranking of 20 Absolutely Gay Celebrities W

You probably know about all or most of the celebs on this list, but you may not be aware that they are only straight when they are on the screen. This is our ranking of 20 Absolutely Gay Celebrities Who Play Straight on Television. These actors are known for their great personas and skills in Hollywood, and it may surprise you to discover that their personal lives are quite different from their on-screen lives. Some of these actors have previously dated women but have since come out as openly gay. Others have always been dating the same sex, but may have kept it under the radar.

As more and more freedom and equality is granted to those in same-sex relationships, it seems that more and more celebs are taking pride in who they are. They are feeling more comfortable to express themselves more visibly and clearly for the public and their fans. And being gay does definitely not downplay their success in Hollywood. In fact, many of the stars on our list have won prestigious awards and have acted in some very notable films and television series. So sit back, read on, and enjoy these juicy tidbits about some of the actors you watch on a day-to-day basis.

21 Neil Patrick Harris

20 John Mahoney

19 Jane Lynch

18 Portia de Rossi

17 Sara Gilbert

16 Ricky Martin

15 David Hyde Pierce

14 Sarah Paulson

13 Maria Bello

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12 Ellen Page

11 Wentworth Miller

10 Cynthia Nixon

9 Alan Cumming

8 T.R. Knight

7 Jodie Foster

6 Zachary Quinto

5 Rock Hudson

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4 Richard Chamberlain 

Richard Chamberlain is now 81 years old. He is an actor who has appeared on screen and on the stage. He is also a singer and was quite popular during his teenage years. He was the title character, Dr. Kildare, on the television show that goes by the same name. He has also appeared in Shogun and The Thorn Birds. He had a romantic relationship with actor Wesley Eure in the 1970s. He then dated Martin Rabbett, an actor-writer-producer. Chamberlain won the Golden Apple Award in 1962, as well as a Golden Globe for Best TV Star (Dr. Kildare) in 1963. His other awards include the Photoplay Award, the Aftonbladet TV Prize, and the Steiger Award.

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2 Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons is famous for his role of Sheldon Cooper on the super popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has also appeared in The Normal Heart, An Act of God, Judging Amy, iCarly, Who Do You Think You Are?, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, The Muppets, School for Scoundrels, and many others. He has appeared on the television, the big screen, and on the stage. He has won TCA Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Bloge Awards, TV Guide Awards, and many others. He has been in a gay relationship for 10 years with Todd Spiewak, an art director. He says that he and Todd have a very boring, normal romantic relationship. He’s low-key.

1 Russell Tovey

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Russell Tovey is best known for playing George Sands, a werewolf character on the hit television hit Being Human. He has appeared on television and film, as well as on the stage. He also starred in The History Boys and Him & Her, among other productions. Tovey struggled with coming to terms with his sexual orientation and his family relations when he was a teenager. However, he came out when he was about 16 years old. He has been owning his sexual orientation since he was 18. He said that there was a lack of gay male role models for him during his youth. He does not identify as a flamboyant and “girly” gay man, just an average homosexual.

Sources: theguardian.com, movienewsguide.com, tvguide.com, people.com, out.com

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