British Cucumber star refuses to say he’s straight


Freddie Fox in Cucumber

Freddie Fox, who stars in the new gay British television series Cucumber, has refused to be defined as a straight man.

Fox plays Freddie Baxter in the eight-part series, which is produced and written by Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies.

“I’ve had girlfriends, but I wouldn’t wish to say ‘I am this or I am that’, because at some time in my life I might fall in love with a man,” said the 25-year-old actor in an interview with the Telegraph.

“I hope that I am the type of person who would fall in love with another person, as opposed to a sex. Most of my life to date has been as a straight man, but who knows what will happen next?

“It sounds evasive, but I don’t think you can necessarily say you’re one thing or another until you’re 100 years old and you’ve done it all,” he explained.

Fox, who also had a role in the recent gay film Pride, slammed the idea that bisexual people are trying to avoid coming out as gay or are just going through “a phase”.

“Appreciation of both sexes is actually not new; it’s incredibly old it’s Roman, it’s Greek, and it is something people can do throughout an entire lifetime, having hugely meaningful relationships, no matter what sex they are,” he said.

Cucumber is about 46-year-old Henry (Vincent Franklin) whose nine-year relationship with Lance (Cyril Nri) breaks down after a disastrous night out. Fox’s character becomes the object of Henry’s desire.

The first episode will be screened in the UK on Thursday 22 January. Watch the trailer below.

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