Russell Tovey, best known in the UK as the werewolf George Sands on the BBC’s hit supernatural drama, Being Human, has been signed on to play a recurring role in Looking, HBO’s upcoming half-hour dramedy concerning the lives of a group of gay men living in San Francisco. Tovey will be Kevin, a financially and critically successful video game wunderkind. It’s the first major US role for the openly gay 31-year-old, who has previously shied away from playing gays. “Every character I play is straight,” he said not long ago, “which [my agent tells me] is unique, because it’s not really been done before that someone who is completely out is able to play straight roles. So for me to play gay it has to be something special, because it might actually be more of a risk. So I’m waiting for that role – I want it to be something that moves things forward.” But wait, there’s more: Along with the show’s horny co-stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett, there will be Scott Bakula playing a wealthy, popular figure in the San Francisco gay community. So that’s definitely a draw. The eight-episode series will begin shooting in San Francisco any minute now.