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Golden Globes: Ben Winshaw describes real-life “A Very British Scandal” counterpart as “a true queer hero and icon”

If you’ve seen the BBC series A Very English Scandal then you know that Ben Winshaw’s supporting actor Golden Globe win last night was very well deserved.

The Mary Poppins Returns actor portrays Norman Scott, a former stable hand and model who was at the center of the a major 1970s British political scandal centering around an affair he had with Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal Party and a member of Parliament. He said Thorpe, played by Hugh Grant, conspired to attempt to kill him. The controversy ruined Thorpe’s political career.

Upon accepting his Globe then openly gay Winshaw said: “I want to thank [director] Stephen Frears. What a legend. Thank you. I want to thank the BBC for continuing to make idiosyncratic and powerful work and for employing me again and again, thank you. I have to thank Hugh Grant above all, for such an exquisite performance. It was amazing to watch you do that. There’s one person I really, really want to dedicate this award to and it’s the man I had the privilege to portray in this show, Norman Scott, who took on the establishment with courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring. He is a true queer hero and icon.”

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