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Gay Times October 13 - Issue 424


At just 18-years-old, Layton Williams already has two major West End roles and two hit sitcoms on his resumé. Out and proud, mega-talented and one of the nicest people you're ever likely to meet, here's Layton...

It can be tough enough growing up realising you're gay, but you were in the spotlight and playing a gay character. Did you know you were gay during Beautiful People?

Yeah I definitely knew. By the time I finished primary school I knew. It just wasn't cool to be, like, "Hi everyone I'm gay" at first. I didn't really know what to do. But as soon as I moved to London and started seeing gay people, the experiences were so different. I was on Billy Elliot and attending Sylvia Young's school, so you can imagine there were loads of boys coming to terms with their sexuality. I must have been in Year 8 when I finally said, "Guess what? You know what? I'm gay!" I had a girlfriend the weekend before, but I just rang my mum and told her. She clearly knew. I was into Barbie dolls since I was really young [laughs]. She always said; "Oh you're too young to know". I hate that excuse though; it really annoys me because you're never too young to know your sexuality. I just came to terms with it gradually and then I was fully out by the time I was in Year 9.

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