Russell Tovey has just announced his engagement to athlete boyfriend Steve Brockman.
The British actor, who has starred in Looking, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Quantico, told friends and family the news this weekend, according to The Sun, which reports he’s “over the moon” about his upcoming wedding to Brockman, a rugby player with the Kings Cross Steelers.
The couple’s romance reportedly heated up last summer. “Russell has never flaunted his romances,” a source claimed, “but behind closed doors he is infatuated.”
In 2015 Tovey was criticized for saying that going to a tough school saved him from becoming “really effeminate,” but he later apologized for what he called “a misfired inarticulate quote.” (One that could have been fueled by his childhood: Tovey’s father once told him he wished he made his son take hormones or undergo conversion therapy.)
More recently the 36-year-old Tovey told The Guardian that taking gay roles in recent years has been important to him. “For so long, as a young actor, I had this anxiety about making sure I could get straight roles, and now I know that’s not necessary. The gay roles are the best for me—being gay has made my career.”
Tovey is currently based in London and New York, where Quantico shoots and where he will appear on Broadway in the upcoming revival of Angels in America. Brockman, who works in construction, reportedly visits him often in the Big Apple.
No word on whether the couple plant to start a family, but we’d say Brockman has “daddy” written all over him.
Tovey also appears in the just released Queers, a series of eight filmed monologues exploring a century of the LGBT experience in the U.K. Co-starring Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw and Gemma Whelan, Queers is out on DVD now.