RUPERT EVERETT, English actor, born; a two-time Golden Globe-nominated English film actor and former singer. He first came into public attention in the early 1980s when he was cast in Julian Mitchell’s play and subsequent film Another Country for playing an openly Gay student at an English public school, set in the 1930s. Since then he has appeared in many other films with mostly major roles, including , The Next Best Thing, My Best Friend’s Wedding and the Shrek series.
He dropped out of school aged fifteen and ran away to London to become an actor. To support himself, he worked as a hustler, or “rent boy”, for drugs and money as he later admitted to US Magazine in 1997. After being dismissed from the Central School of Speech and Drama for insubordination, he traveled to Scotland and got a job at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow.
In 2006, he published a memoir, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins. in which he revealed he had had a six-year affair with British television presenter, Paula Yates. “I am mystified by my heterosexual affairs — but then I am mystified by most of my relationships,” he said, with the article describing him as bisexual rather than homosexual.
But in a radio show with Jonathan Ross, Everett described his heterosexual affairs as resulting from adventurousness: “I was basically adventurous, I think I wanted to try everything.” In an interview on This Morning he simply described himself as homosexual, making a joke of any suggestion he might find a woman attractive.