English actor Ben Whishaw has come out gay and in a civil partnership with partner Mark Bradshaw, an Australian composer

The 32-year-old Whishaw is best known for playing Q in the James Bond film Skyfall and Freddie in the BBC period drama The Hour.

A representative confirmed Whishaw and Bradshaw, 30, entered a civil partnership in Sydney, Australia last year.

“Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work,” the representative said. “Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.”

The men met on the set of the 2009 film Bright Star, which is based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats. Whishaw played Keats and Bradshaw wrote the score.

Last year, Whishaw said that he would rather not discuss his private life: “For me, it's important to keep a level of anonymity. As an actor, your job is to persuade people that you're someone else. So if you're constantly telling people about yourself, I think you're shooting yourself in the foot.”