In this drama, directed by Matthew Warchus, Nighy plays Cliff, a miner who helps bring the striking miners and the gay-and-lesbian activists together to defend the same cause. Co-starring Imelda Staunton and Dominic West.
When I was young people still went to jail for any public display of affection between people of the same sex. It’s bizarre to say that, and I’ve never understood it – and I still don’t understand any resistance to it whatsoever. And now in the 30 years since these events took place, I can now stand in a town hall in London and watch two of my male friends get married to one another and say “I love you” in a public place. I find that almost overwhelmingly moving, and it’s one of the great stories of my life.