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“I’m a big old gay”: Baby Reindeer star Jessica Gunning comes out

Jessica Gunning, star of Baby Reindeer, has publicly come out as a “big old gay.”

The British actress opened up about her sexuality for the first time on the podcast Reign with Josh Smith, sharing that she initially came out to her friends and family in November 2022.

“That was a mega, mega thing for me,” she stated.

“I am surrounded by gays. Like, all my friends are gay. So, it wasn’t that I was repressing anything. It was just that I didn’t think that I could be… I still can’t articulate it in the best way.”

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As ‘Gay Times’ write, Gunning further described herself as a “big old gay”: “I was like, ‘That’s what it’s been, that’s what it is.’ And that was a massive moment where everything kind of clicked, and I made sense of myself then.

“For so long I’d thought, ‘I know I’m a bigger woman’ and I thought that maybe it was to do with my size, that I felt a bit like, almost alien, or like I was tagging along.

“But as soon as I realised I was like, ‘No, it’s that’ and that was the most liberating thing.”

Earlier this year, Gunning earned universal critical acclaim for her portrayal of Martha in Netflix’s black comedy thriller series Baby Reindeer.

One of the streaming service’s most-watched titles in history, the series features Scottish comedian Richard Gadd dramatising his harrowing true experience of being stalked by a middle-aged woman named Martha.

Gunning had previously garnered praise for her performances in the BBC dramas White Heat (2012) and What Remains (2013), as well as in the comedy series The Outlaws (2021-present), which came back for a third season last month.

She also played Welsh Labour Party politician Siân Catherine James in the 2014 LGBTQ+ drama Pride.

You can listen to her complete interview on Reign with Josh Smith here.

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