Decoding the Speculation: Exploring Sir Patrick Stewart’s Marriages and Addressing Gay Rumors


Is Sir Patrick Stewart gay? Here is all you need to know about whether the knighted British actor is gay or not.

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is an English actor whose career has spanned seven decades in theatre, film, television, and video games. He has been nominated for Olivier, Tony, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama in 2010.

Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart (Twitter)

Stewart gained stardom for his leading role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–94), its subsequent films, and Star Trek: Picard (2020–23). He starred as Captain Ahab in Moby Dick (1998), Ebenezer Scrooge in TNT’s A Christmas Carol (1999), and King Henry II in Showtime’s The Lion in Winter (2003). He also became known for his comedic appearances on the sitcom Frasier and Extras for which he received Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series nomination. He also starred as the lead of Blunt Talk (2015–2016). He currently voices CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock on American Dad!.

Because of his incredible career spanning across seven decades, Stewart has raked in a very loyal supporter base who try to keep track of him around the year. And his name has most recently been searched in Google by fans who are asking whether the actor is gay or not. As it turns out, we have all the answers you need.

Is Sir Patrick Stewart gay?

Sir Patrick Stewart is not gay.

Despite the above statement being generally accepted as the truth, British newspaper the Guardian once identified the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor as homosexual. The erroneous statement appeared in an article discussing Ellen Page’s coming-out speech a few days before. In talking about celebrity opinions on this announcement, the Guardian wrote: “Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy.”

Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart

That would be fine, except Stewart isn’t actually gay. Actually the actor is married to Sunny Ozell (a woman). How did the mistake happen? Other than the typo explanation, there’s the fact that Stewart is best buddies with Sir Ian McKellen, an openly gay actor. The two are such good friends that McKellen even officiated Stewart’s wedding.

The Guardian since ran a correction notice stating: “The third paragraph originally said ‘Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy.’ This should have read ‘Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy.’”

Who is Sir Patrick Stewart married to?

Sir Patrick Stewart is currently married to Sunny Ozell and has been so since 2013.

Stewart married his first wife, Sheila Falconer, in 1966; they divorced in 1990. Together, they have a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Sophia. Daniel is also an actor, and appeared alongside his father in the film Death Train, the sitcom Blunt Talk, and the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light”, playing his son in the latter.

Patrick Stewart with wife
Patrick Stewart with wife (Variety)

In 1997, Stewart became engaged to American producer Wendy Neuss, one of the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They married on 25 August 2000, and divorced three years later. Four months before his divorce from Neuss, Stewart co-starred with English actress Lisa Dillon in a production of The Master Builder, and the two were romantically involved until 2007. In 2008, Stewart began dating American singer and songwriter Sunny Ozell, whom he met while performing in Macbeth at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He purchased a home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighbourhood in August 2012, and subsequently began living there with Ozell.

In March 2013, it was reported that they were engaged, and they married in September 2013 with Ian McKellen officiating. In 2020, Stewart revealed that his marriage to Ozell in Nevada had not been legally binding because McKellen’s marriage credentials were not valid in Nevada. The couple subsequently held an impromptu and official second ceremony with McKellen at a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles shortly after the Nevada ceremony.

Has Patrick Stewart supported the LGBTQ community in the past?

In 2015, Stewart defended the Belfast-based Christian bakers who were penalised for discrimination after refusing to bake a cake with words reading, “Support Gay Marriage”.

Patrick Stewart in Star Trek
Patrick Stewart in Star Trek (Twitter)

Stewart, on his Facebook profile, said that while he was still opposed to organised religion, “It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected, it was not because they were celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them. It was the actual words on the cake they objected to. Because they found the words offensive. I would support their rights to say ‘No, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.’”

The Christian bakers ultimately won in a landmark Supreme Court decision for the United Kingdom, almost simultaneously with a similar case in the United States.


To sum it up, Sir Patrick Stewart is not gay.

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