Star Trek’s Takei explains why he hid his sexuality for so long

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Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Lt Sulu in the science fiction series Star Trek, spoke about why he decided to hide his sexuality for so long.

Takei said he realized as a teenager that social attitudes meant you could not be gay and be engaged as an actor in Hollywood.

“I spent my childhood behind barbed wire feathers, but as an adult I set myself up an invisible barbed wire feather and I was trapped,” he told BBC Sackur’s Stephen Sackur.

Takei spent some of his childhood with his family in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II.

He is a strong supporter of LGBT rights. Takei was released as a homosexual in 2005 and married his partner, Brad Altman, in 2008.

Watch the whole interview BBC iPlayer (UK only)