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Michael Cashman & Paul Cottingham

Michael Cashman (born December 17, 1950) had a successful career as an actor and is now a politician in the Labour Party. He’s been a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands constituency since 1999.

Born into a working-class family, Cashman was always a performer. As a young child he and his friend would put on dance shows for his mother’s friends. "I think he’s one of them," Cashman would hear her confide to her fellow matrons. He wasn’t quite sure what she meant, but he knew there was something different about him.

At age twelve, a dead-on impression of Eartha Kitt landed Cashman the part of Oliver Twist in the original West End production of Oliver! (by Lionel Bart). He’s possibly best known for his role as Colin Russell in BBC TV’s EastEnders—a character remembered for being the first man to kiss another man in a soap opera in the UK. Cashman also played Mike Wallace in The Sandbaggers and guest-starred in the "Time-Flight" story in Doctor Who.

Cashman was one of the founders (with Tim BARNETT and Ian MCKELLEN) of the gay rights group Stonewall UK, and he regularly influences government policy decisions relating to sexual orientation. In the EP he is labour spokesman for human rights.

Cashman is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Staffordshire for his human rights work. He was also recognized by his peers as MEP of the Year for Justice and Fundamental Rights. He’s the head of the EU commission monitoring 2008 elections in Rwanda.


Friend Barbara Windsor introduced Michael Cashman to Paul Cottingham in 1983, when they were performing at Scarborough. Michael was 32, Paul was 19, they moved in together the following January. "But in the early days of our relationship, I was actually frightened by the amount of love Paul was giving me - it seemed too perfect to last. I was all clammed up and putting my energies into Stonewall" Cashman entered a civil partnership with Paul Cottingham on March 11, 2006. Cottingham, a fellow actor and humanitarian activist who worked as Cashman's researcher during Cashman's time in the European Parliament, died of cancer on 23 October 2014.



His friend Barbara Windsor introduced him to Paul Cottingham in 1983, when they were performing at Scarborough. He was working there as a Redcoat at Butlins Grand hotel and had got to know Barbara after she popped in for a drink. She held a soiree at the Grand, and Paul sang a Beatles medley in a close-harmony trio at the party. Michael was 32, Paul was 19, and they moved in together the following January. "But in the early days of our relationship, I was actually frightened by the amount of love Paul was giving me - it seemed too perfect to last. I was all clammed up and putting my energies into Stonewall"

Cashman entered a civil partnership with Paul Cottingham, his partner since 1983, on March 11, 2006. Cottingham, a fellow actor and humanitarian activist who worked as Cashman's researcher during Cashman's time in the European Parliament, died of cancer on 23 October 2014.

Stern, Keith. Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals. Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Further Readings:

British Queer Cinema (British Popular Cinema) by Robin Griffiths
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 14, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415307791
ISBN-13: 978-0415307796
Amazon: British Queer Cinema

British Queer Cinema draws together a diverse range of innovative new essays that explore, for the first time, the provocative history of lesbian, gay and queer representation in British cinema.

From the early years of ‘Pre-Gay’ film, through to the social upheaval of post-war ‘permissiveness’, Gay Liberation and the ‘post-AIDS’ queer generation, contributors examine the shifting and complex nature of queer identity, desire and spectatorship across a number of classical and contemporary British popular film genres and traditions.

Through case studies of key works such as The Killing of Sister George, Prick Up Your Ears and Beautiful Thing, a reappraisal of the films of Anthony Asquith, Terence Davies and Derek Jarman, to the ‘queerness’ of the heritage film, the homoerotic ‘New Wave’, or the star performances of Dirk Bogarde, Beryl Reid and Stephen Fry, this timely collection maps the relationship between contemporary queer sexuality and its socio-historical, national and critical contexts.

More Real Life Romances at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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