British actor, David Witts — best known for his portrayal of Joey Branning in the long-running British television soap opera, ‘EastEnders’ — has posed for gay mag ‘Attitude’ and said that he would be happy if his character on the show turned out to be gay but he thinks it’s highly unlikely.
Witts told the magazine that he is “not opposed” to seeing Joey experiment, even though there has already been speculation about his own sexuality.
“I think it’s very unlikely that he will end up gay. But if he did, that would be fine,” he said. “I’m not opposed to it. I’ve played gay before.
“I get called gay all the time. You type ‘David Witts’ into Google and the suggested third word is gay.
“I’m like, ‘No! He’s not gay!’ But because he’s nice, and he’s not like his character, he must be gay. No! Broaden your mind a touch.”
Witts also described himself as “a little more awkward” than his “dick” of a character, but said that he is not opposed to stripping off more on ‘EastEnders’ if the scene requires it.
“I am a little more awkward than Joey in the way I carry myself,” he said. “I don’t dress in a masculine way like Joey.
“Everything he wears is to enhance his physique whereas I would sooner just cover myself up with a big coat and a hat and a pair of glasses.”
He continued: “I wouldn’t say shirtless scenes are banned. If it needs to happen, it happens. I had a scene the other day where the last part was, ‘Joey pulls off his vest, masking his own disappointment’. It was ridiculous… You’re not there to give people cheap thrills.”
Prior to acting, Witts worked as a barman.
Read the full interview in the new issue of ‘Attitude’, out now.