Olly Alexander

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Olly Alexander
Olly Alexander (Oliver Alexander Thornton, born 15 July 1990), is an English actor, scriptwriter, and lead singer of Years & Years.
Outfits worn by Olly Alexander on display at the Bishopsgate Institute Feb 2020

As a gay songwriter,[1][2] Alexander has stated in interviews he would like to see greater use of the qualified male pronoun in music. He explained that, whenever he used to write a diary, he would refer to "you and I" because he wanted to hide who he was writing about. Several Years & Years songs feature male pronouns.[3] "It is kind of sad to me that we don't have gay popstars singing about men using a male pronoun," he told Digital Spy, "but that could change hopefully."[4] Though his work with Years & Years he openly references his sexuality, Alexander "can't speak for all gay people, because there are so many different issues, and experiences, and different shapes and sizes. But I can speak for myself, and that is what I'm doing if I'm going to be writing songs and giving interviews, I want to be able to speak about something I care about."[4]

In January 2021 Alexander appeared in the Channel 4 series It's a Sin, a drama based on the 1980s AIDS crisis, directed by Russell T Davies.


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  1. http://downtownerdc.com/a-frank-conversation-with-years-years-frontman-olly-alexander/ Peter Murray, "A Frank Conversation with Years & Years Frontman Olly Alexander", The Downtowner, 24 March 2015 Washington DC
  2. http://www.metroweekly.com/2015/09/shining-stars-an-interview-with-years-and-years-olly-alexander/ "Shining Stars: An interview with Years and Years' Olly Alexander" , Metro Weekly
  3. http://www.out.com/music/2015/7/07/best-years-ever-gay-frontman-olly-alexander-years-years-hits-pops-sweet-spot Paul Flyyn, "Best Years Ever: With gay frontman Olly Alexander, Years & Years hits pop’s sweet spot" Out.com, 7 July 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/interviews/a657111/years--years-interview-its-sad-we-dont-have-gay-popstars-using-male-pronouns.html Lewis Corner, "Years & Years Interview: It's sad we don't have gay male popstars using male pronouns", Digital Spy, 8 July 2015