Great LezBritain: The Top 10 British Ladies We Wish Were Gay, But Aren’t (As Far As We Know)


Simone Lahbib — The Governor (a joint second pass)

The love story between Wing Governor Helen Stewart and prisoner Nikki Wade (Bad Girls) provided as much madcap as it did electrifying tension. Simone Lahbib played the sympathetic governess who had a deep-rooted sense of natural justice and an instinctive empathy for those women on the inside.

We watched patiently as she came to terms with her lesbian urges for Nicky and longed for her to delve into unsavoury shenanigans whenever they were in a scene together. We once saw Lahbib in “real life” at the Baftas and ladies she was no disappointment. We refrained from asking her to cuff us.

Lily Loveless & Kathryn Prescott — The modern youth

We know that they are two different people but nearly everyone who tweeted for them chose them both, so as such, they are being given joint billing. 

Better known as teenage golden couple Naomily, over the last couple of years Kat and Lily have gone from unknown actresses to being two of the most popular and lusted after lesbian favourites. In the UK they are representative of a new wave of young, contemporary actresses who are combining style, talent and intellect. Along with the rest of the Skins cast, they have the world at their feet and we just hope that their next move will include starring roles in the Skins movie.

Kate Winslet — The Oscar winner

Winslet scored so highly in our Tweet poll that she had to be included within the column, but we must confess, even at the risk of getting our gay membership cards withdrawn, to not fully understanding the Winslet lesby adoration.

She is indeed pretty and articulate and a fine actress and she was hilarious in Ricky Gervais’ Extras so clearly has the British ability to laugh at herself, but isn’t she just a bit too jolly hockey-sticks? Or is that what people are going for? What is it with the Winslet we are all ears, so please enlighten.

Lenora Crichlow — The wild child

We will always adore Lenora because of her embodiment of Julie Burchill’s character Sugar in Sugar Rush. The series was a rebellious discovery of what it means to be young, sexy and queer in modern Britain and Sugar conveyed a considerable amount of the sexy. Whatever scrapes Sugar managed to escape or land herself in, she did with an undeniable amount of glamour. Even when Sugar landed a job at a candy floss stand, Lenora managed to carry off pink overalls and a straw hat rather nicely.

Lately Lenora has been turning in lovely performances as Annie the Ghost in the BBC3 show Being Human, which we are enjoying a lot. She was also in Material Girl, but let’s not talk about that one wordis that it won’t be back.

“Great LezBritain” authors Sarah, a Londoner, and Lee, a Glaswegian, met in a gay discotheque one bleak mid winter, eight years ago and have been shacked up together ever since. When not watching Tipping The Velvet, they find time to write, run a PR company, DJ at their own club nights and love a bit of jam on toast. Follow them on Twitter at greatlezbritain.

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