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Ben Whishaw Dedicates Golden Globe to 'Queer Hero' Norman Scott

Ben Whishaw

The gay actor won a Golden Globe for his role in A Very English Scandal.

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Ben Whishaw has won a Golden Globe.

The gay actor triumphed in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for A Very English Scandal.

In his acceptance speech, Whishaw thanked the usual suspects of network (BBC) and costar (Hugh Grant), but he also paid tribute to the man he portrayed, Norman Scott.

Whishaw dedicated the award to "the man who I had the privilege to portray in the show, Norman Scott, who took on the establishment with a courage and a defiance that I find completely inspiring."

"He's a true queer hero and icon and Norman this is for you," said Whishaw.

Scott, born Norman Josiffe, was a stable hand whose affair with Jeremy Thorpe -- a British member of Parliament who would go on to become leader of the Liberal Party -- became a national scandal in the 1970s. The Thorpe affair was the subject of A Very English Scandal.

There were many queer roles that were acknowledges this year at the Golden Globes, but comparatively few queer nominated actors. The only other nominated gay actor was Pose's Billy Porter, who lost in his category.

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Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.