Discussing the comments and the series on Big Questions, Nicky Campbell asked for Biggins’ views.
“I was just going to say I’ve been an actor for a long, long time and I’ve played lots of heterosexual people, I’ve played sex-crazed vicars in Poldark, which I absolutely loved,” Biggins said.
“And I was voted the most-hated man that year by the Daily Mail which is quite something but you know it was a joy to play that part because it was a part.
“All acting is parts, we’re to necessarily saying, and I think Russell was wrong in a way and I think what he was doing, Russell, was he was trying to provoke publicity for a show which he didn’t know whether it was going to work.
“As it happens it has been the most brilliant TV we’ve seen for a long time.”
Nicky continued: “Christopher, Sean Penn, Cate Blanchett in Carol, Brokeback Mountain, those were straight actors playing gay roles and the thing about having gay actors playing gay roles is that it breaks the stigma and it brings authenticity.”
“Does it?” Biggies asked. “Well I don’t think it does. I think it’s just purely acting and that is what is great about acting.
“You bring something within your make-up which is going to work.”