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Nominated Actor From One Man, Two Guvnors Tells Me Why He’s Openly Gay


Tom Edden has gotten Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his hilarious performance as an old helper who’s pretty much helpless in the farcically funny play One Man, Two Guvnors.

At a Drama Desk meet and greet at Oceana the other day, Tom told me he’s openly gay and has a boyfriend–soon to be a husband–in the UK.

“I never decided to be in,” he told me.

“I’m a character actor. I don’t think I’m gonna be sabotaged for any romantic leads.”

Tom said he feels New York City–like London–is refreshingly welcoming to all sexualities.

He was thrilled to see a sign in the New York subway that said: “We won’t judge your beliefs, but we will judge your shoes.”

Tom is also thrilled to have so many people chirp to him that he looks so young in person; that’s one of the benefits of playing an 87-year-old geezer.

He admitted that he sometimes gets grazes and bruises from his onstage slapstick shtick, but he’s used to it, and feels he’s doing a sprint compared to star James Corden‘s “Herculean marathon.”

And when I asked him if he was in any way influenced by the late, great Marty Feldman–just a guess—I hit the motherlode.

“Yes!” Edden gushed.

“I like that he used his physical oddity in his characters–not in a self-mocking way, but in an honest way.”