Ben Whishaw Confirms He’s Gay & Happily Married To Rising Composer

Ben Whishaw has confirmed speculation that he is gay and happily married to composer Mark Bradshaw. The pair tied the knot in Sydney in 2012, and will celebrate their first anniversary this month.

The Skyfall star had never spoken publicly about his sexuality before, insisting that he wanted to remain quiet about his private life.

However, his spokesperson has today confirmed to the Daily Mail that he and Mark are “very happy” together.

“Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work,” the rep said.

“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.”

And a friend of the couple added: “Everyone’s delighted for them. Mark’s a lovely guy, very talented and very close to Jane Campion. There hasn’t been a chance for a big celebration because of Ben’s schedule but I’m sure there will be one at some point.”

The pair met on the set of the film Bright Star, based on poet John Keats’s affair and death. Bradshaw composed the score.

Whishaw, who recently flattened speculation he would be the next Doctor Who, previously said of his personal life: “For me, it’s important to keep a level of anonymity. As an actor, your job is to persuade people that you’re someone else. So if you’re constantly telling people about yourself, I think you’re shooting yourself in the foot.”