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Russell Tovey announces 'completely unexpected' engagement to boyfriend Steve Brockman

The 'Looking' star says he's "very, very happy".

2018-02-20

Russell Tovey has announced his engagement to boyfriend Steve Brockman.

The former Looking star, 36, confirmed the happy news on Monday after reportedly telling friends and family over the weekend of his plans to wed rugby coach Steve.

"Completely unexpected but very, very happy and looking forward to having a proper party to celebrate when back in London," Tovey told the MailOnline.

The couple are thought to have begun dating in 2016, with a source telling The Sun last summer that Tovey was "infatuated" with his partner, who used to play for London LGBT rubgy team The King's Cross Steelers.

Quantico star Tovey came out to his family as a teenager and has been open about this sexuality publicly since the early days of his career. 

After making his name in TV dramas including Being Human and Him and Her, Tovey has gone on to play a series of high-profile gay roles, including the character of Kevin in two season of HBO's Looking, and last year's revivial of Angels in America at the National Theatre in London.

'It wasn’t a conscious decision,' he told The Guardian in 2017 of his moe towards LGBT roles. "And it was only the other day that I realised it had been important somehow. 

"For so long, as a young actor, I had this anxiety about making sure I could get straight roles, and now I know that’s not necessary.

"The gay roles are the best for me. Being gay has made my career."