Ben Daniels – Tragedy Of Ian Gelder Husband

by anupama Wed May 08 2024 Updated On Wed May 08 2024
Ben Daniels – Tragedy Of Ian Gelder Husband

Ben Daniels is an actor who is best known as the husband of Ian Gelder. Ian was a British actor. 

He was best known for his role in Game of Thrones as Kevan Lannister. Ben is also known for his breakthrough role in Cutting It as Finn Bevan

He was born on June 10, 2964, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, to his parents Cynthia and Danny

His husband sadly passed away on May 6, 2024, at 13:07 due to bile duct cancer at the age of 59

Ben announced his death through a post on Instagram where he wrote,

It is with huge huge sadness and a heavy heart broken into a million pieces that I am leaving this post to announce the passing of my darling husband and life partner Ian Gelder.... 

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Ben Daniels lost his husband Ian Gelder to cancer
Ben Daniels lost his husband Ian Gelder to cancer. Source: Instagram 

Married life

Ben Daniels and Ian Gelder had been together since 1993. They had been together for more than three decades until Ian's demise. 

They met for the first time when they were both working on the production of a three-act play, Entertaining Mr Sloane. 

The couple was residing in South London. They accompanied each other to various events. 

On August 10, 2022, Ben uploaded the picture below with Ian, where they were seen attending the Olivier Awards together. 

Ben Daniels with his husband Ian Gelder at Olivier Awards
Ben Daniels with his husband Ian Gelder at Olivier Awards. Source: Instagram 

They were seen celebrating festivals together. On December 26, 2018, Ben posted a picture with Ian in Brooklyn Bridge with the caption, 

Just strolling to Christmas lunch with the hub. #brooklynbridge #merrychristmas

Ben Daniels with his husband Ian Gelder in 2018
Ben Daniels with his husband Ian Gelder in 2018. Source: Instagram 

Ben lost his husband to cancer

His partner, Ian, had been suffering from the dreadful disease, bile duct cancer, since December 2023, which took his life after five months

Ben had stopped all his work to take care of his partner after his diagnosis. 

Ben revealed that Ian was in the hospital three weeks before Christmas, which was the worst time of Ian's life, but he was able to cope with the dreadful disease with bravery and no self-pity. 

He got his partner out of the hospital so that they could spend the holiday together. They spent their last Christmas together with joy and love. 

While announcing his death, he wrote his partner was his absolute rock, and even if they weren't together, they spoke to each other every day. 

He revealed his partner was the kindest, most generous-spirited, and loving human being. 

He also said that Ian was able to impress everyone he worked with his heart and light. 

This is such a difficult time for Ben as he lost the love of his life and now doesnt know what he will do without Ian by his side. 

He said he would miss Ian terribly. He concluded the post by saying, Rest well, my sweet Chianni.

Many celebrities commented on the post, like Richard E. Grant, Burn Gorman, Matt Lanter, Sarah Parish, James Murray, Matt Biedel, and many more. 

Ben had a difficult time revealing his sexuality

Ben never shies away from his sexuality and is openly gay now, but it wasn't always like this. 

He knew about his sexuality since he was a teen but couldn't reveal it to the world. 

He couldn't even tell his parents as they didn't share a very close emotional relationship. 

During an interview, he said he was cautious about mentioning it when he left drama school as AIDS was terrifying everyone, and there was a huge homophobic backlash. 

However, he finally came out while he was giving his performance in Martin Sherman's Bent. He was 24 years old at the time. 

He even faced difficulties in the industry because of his sexuality. 

He revealed in an interview that he lost jobs just cause he was gay, and it was always an issue. 

He also said that homophobia is still shockingly common in film and TV. 

He also added that even on a serious BBC 2 drama, there will be some suit in an office going like, Hmm, isn't he a poof?

He then said that he didn't consider himself politically gay, but whenever he catches a whiff of that now, he is on it like a ton of bricks. 

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