National Grid – Top 12 LGBT+ Celebrities

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This category recognises LGBT+ celebrities who have come out in the face of adversity or who support the LGBT+ community in a positive way.



Alan has been championing and campaigning for the LGBTQ+ community for decades, with a particular focus on raising money for various Aids charities. The beloved bisexual actor cemented his status as a queer icon in the late 90s when a New York Observer profile described him as “a frolicky pansexual sex symbol for the new millennium”. The Scottish performer, whose trophy cabinet boasts gongs from the Laurence Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards, a Bafta and more, was crucial in helping to legalise same-sex marriage in Scotland in 2014 and has raised thousands for multiple charities.


Over recent years, the gifted Irish actor has been busy collecting things: Bafta and Olivier Awards (most recently winning for his role in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic), Emmy nominations and a devoted cult following of loyal fans. The ‘Hot Priest’ from Fleabag won praise earlier this year when he called for the media and society at large to retire the phrase ‘openly gay’. In 2023, his stunning performance in Andrew Haigh’s masterpiece All of Us Strangers won him a Golden Globe nomination and, this year, the actor has won rave reviews for his part in Ripley, a Netflix series adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novels.



Bella has already cemented themselves as an LGBTQ+ icon at the tender age of 20. The rising star has not only won praise from critics for their portrayal of Ellie in HBO series The Last of Us – including Bafta and Emmy nominations – but has also inspired a generation of young fans, thanks to speaking openly and proudly about their gender and sexual identity.


Acting since she was a child, Chloë boasts an impressive CV and had worked with some of the industry’s most esteemed figures before she even left school. Already a feminist activist and campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights for many years, Chloë passionately spoke out against anti-gay conversion therapy when she appeared in Desiree Akhavan’s 2018 film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The award-winning actress has since produced the Snap Original series Coming Out, with each episode highlighting a young LGBTQ+ person sharing their story and sexual identity journey. The six-part series directed viewers to The Trevor Project, where audiences could access and explore LGBTQ+ resources.



Dan captured the world’s attention in 2015 when he starred as David Rose in the beloved sitcom Schitt’s Creek. The critically acclaimed comedy, which Dan co-created and co-starred in with his father, Eugene, was celebrated worldwide for its LGBTQ+ inclusivity on-screen and sharing messages of hope and acceptance. The show’s famed wine scene, during which two characters discuss their sexuality via wine preferences, provided fans with a wonderfully simple analogy for pansexual identity. The final season of Schitt’s Creek saw Dan win Emmy Awards for producing, writing, directing and acting.


Best known for playing Diana, Princess of Wales, in The Crown, Emma has quickly become LGBTQ+ royalty since bursting onto the scene in 2020. Their portrayal of the late icon in the fourth season of the Netflix series saw Emma win several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. She also starred in a remake of D. H. Lawrence’s steamy tale Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 2022. That same year, Emma made history as they became the first non-binary star to grace the cover of Vogue.



Joe was just 17 when he was chosen out of 10,000 auditionees at an open casting call to play the lead, Charlie Spring, in Netflix’s gorgeous coming-of-age series Heartstopper, an adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novel. He’ll soon appear in Marvel’s miniseries Agatha All Along (a spin-off of WandaVision) and made his Broadway debut in January this year in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Joe, who hails from the Isle of Man, isn’t just a talented actor but a successful activist too. In August 2022, the Isle of Man’s health minister, Lawrie Hooper, confirmed the government would change its blanket ban on gay men donating blood after Joe called for the “archaic” rule to be scrapped.


Luke has the range, whether appearing alongside Dwayne Johnson in the Fast & Furious franchise, bringing Disney characters to life in live-action adaptations such as Beauty and the Beast, or singing a duet with Nicole Kidman on his single Say Something. The Welsh actor and singer began his career on stage, performing West End productions of Rent, Miss Saigon and Piaf, before making his big Hollywood breakthrough in the Clash of the Titans remake in 2011. He’s since appeared in some of our favourite movies and TV shows and has also released two celebrated studio albums.

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Ncuti rose to national fame thanks to his breakthrough role as Eric Effiong in the record-breaking Netflix series Sex Education in 2019. Since then, the 31-year-old actor has bagged multiple Bafta nominations, appeared on the big screen in the 2023 phenomenon Barbie and, of course, made history thanks to being cast as the Fifteenth Doctor in 2022, the first Black man to play the role. Since making his Doctor Who debut in December, Ncuti has not only won rave reviews from critics and fans alike but handled commentary from racists and homophobes in style.


Ruby was initially known for her modelling career and was a popular MTV VJ and TV host in Australia, making her acting debut in 2008. Her big break, however, came when she joined the cast of Netflix’s hugely acclaimed prison drama Orange Is the New Black for its third season in 2015. Following the success of OITNB, the genderfluid star landed roles in several Hollywood action films, including Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). She also showcased her musical comedy skills in Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).



From X Factor contestant to national treasure, past British LGBT Award winner Rylan has had quite the journey. As he solidifies his position as one of the nation’s most cherished TV presenters, Rylan has recently taken on a new, inspiring challenge – a mission to eradicate homophobia from football. The acclaimed documentary Rylan: Homophobia, Football and Me, released in February to mark LGBTQ+ History Month, saw the West Ham fan examine the place of homosexuality within the beautiful game and sparked many meaningful conversations within the sports industry. Most recently, he co-presented Rob and Rylan’s Grand Tour with Rob Rinder for the BBC.


Best known by her stage name, Self Esteem, Rebecca Lucy Taylor is a triple threat: a singer, actress and queer icon. Her second album, Prioritise Pleasure, was nominated for the Mercury Prize. In the same year, she composed the soundtrack for the West End Production of Suzie Miller’s garlanded play Prima Facie, starring an Olivier and Tony- winning Jodie Comer. Rebecca then took to the stage herself the following year, making her West End debut in the musical revival of Cabaret alongside Jake Shears. The talented star is no stranger to the screen either, appearing in TV shows such as I Hate Suzie and Smothered and popping up as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in March this year.