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Only gay actors should play gay characters in film and television, screenwriter Russell T Davies (pictured) has insisted

Only gay actors should play gay characters in film and television, screenwriter Russell T Davies (pictured) has insisted

Only gay actors should play gay characters in film and television, critically-acclaimed screenwriter Russell T Davies has insisted. 

Davies said all the gay characters in his upcoming Channel 4 drama It's A Sin are played by gay actors because it is the only way to ensure an authentic portrayal.

The series follows the tragic stories of three gay 18-year-olds who arrive in London in 1981, at the beginning of the HIV epidemic, and its star-studded cast includes Olly Alexander, Neil Patrick Harris, and Stephen Fry.

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Davies - who was behind Doctor Who's 2005 revival - said directors must cast gay men to play gay male roles because you 'wouldn't black someone up' in the modern day.

He insisted he was 'not being woke about this' and said the idea of 'acting gay' is just a 'bunch of codes for a performance' and is not authentic.

Queer as Folk - about the lives of three men in Manchester - was Davies' first gay TV drama - and he cast straight actors in the role.

His 2018 miniseries A Very English Scandal featured Hugh Grant, who is straight, playing Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe. 

Davies' 2015 series Cucumber - and its companion show Banana - also saw straight actors Freddie Fox and Vincent Franklin in gay roles. 

Straight actors portraying gay roles have been blasted by critics for years - with several accused of using harmful stereotypes.

The actor most recently in the firing line was James Corden in his role as gay Broadway star Barry Glickman in 's The Prom.

Davies' 2018 miniseries A Very English Scandal featured Hugh Grant, who is straight, playing Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe

Davies' 2018 miniseries A Very English Scandal featured Hugh Grant, who is straight, playing Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe

Queer as Folk - about the lives of three men in Manchester - was Davies' first gay TV drama - and he cast straight actors in the roles. From left: Charlie Hannun, Aidan Gillen and Craig Kelly in the hit show

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Queer as Folk - about the lives of three men in Manchester - was Davies' first gay TV drama - and he cast straight actors in the roles. From left: Charlie Hannun, Aidan Gillen and Craig Kelly in the hit show

Actor Alan Davies starred as a gay teacher in the 2001 show Bob & Rose

Actor Alan Davies starred as a gay teacher in the 2001 show Bob & Rose

Davies' 2015 series Cucumber - and its companion show Banana - also saw straight actors Freddie Fox (left) and Vincent Franklin (right) in gay roles

Davies' 2015 series Cucumber - and its companion show Banana - also saw straight actors Freddie Fox (left) and Vincent Franklin (right) in gay roles

Straight actors portraying gay roles have been blasted by critics for years - with several accused of using harmful stereotypes. The actor most recently in the firing line was James Corden in his role as gay Broadway star Barry Glickman in Netflix's The Prom (pictured alongside co-star Meryl Streep)

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