Alan Bennett Partner, Gay, Net Worth

By Anmol Basnyat | Published On: 13 Jul, 2018
Alan Bennett Partner, Gay, Net Worth

English playwright Alan Bennett is best reckoned for writing the 1960 British comedy stage revue, Beyond the Fringe. The writer has penned down the 2009 play The Habit of Art. He has also starred in Jack Gold’s 1955 one-off BBC satire TV program, My Father Knew Lloyd George.

Gay Relationship With Partner Of 25 Years; Never Told His Parents About Sexuality 

Alan Bennett is in a relationship with World Of Interiors editor, Rupert Thomas, for 25-long years. The live-in couple is together since the mid 90’s, but haven't yet got married. Alan is living with his partner, Rupert since 2006.

Alan Bennett (right) with his partner Rupert Thomas (Photo:

Although the writer is openly gay now, he never discussed his real sexual identity to his late parents, Walter Bennett and Lilian Mary. The playwright in his 2015 interview for The Guardian Weekend revealed that he had no point to tell his late parents about his sexuality. He kept it confidential as he believed that the truth of his sexuality would distress them.

Before starting an affair with Rupert, Alan was involved in a romantic relationship with a woman named Anne Davis for ten years. Both the lovebirds were very fond of each other in spite of having an on-off relationship.

Interestingly, Alan had two affairs at the same time. When his budding romance started with Rupert, his relationship with Anne ended. But sadly, his former partner died at the age of 59 in 2009, battling lung cancer.

Brother Makes Less Stage Appearance; Buys Cottage For Parents

Alan is the youngest child in the family raised by his co-op butcher father Walter and mother, Lilian. He has an older brother named Gordon, who also acts in stage plays but makes a rare appearance. 

His late mother contributed a lot to his writings and had also made a documentary titled Alan Bennett’s Diaries. She also made a movie for Channel 4 from her son’s 2009 National Theatre Play, The Habit of Art.

The writer bought a country cottage for his parents near to his home in Leeds. Even after his mother passed away in 2009, he has kept the small cottage as he has a lot of memories attached to that place. He visits the cottage with his partner, Rupert Thomas and at Christmas, both the lovebirds take out trees and lit the bulbs.

How Much Is Alan Bennett’s Net Worth?

The 84-year-old playwright has summoned the majority of his net worth from his professional writing and acting skills since 1960. He elevated a significant portion of his increasing wealth from his novel titled The Uncommon Reader, which was published back in 2007.

According to Hoston Chronicle, the average salary of a playwright is determined by the education qualification and the history of their writing skills. Alan has more than five decades of experience in writing stage narratives. As per his experience and his work credits, he surely has assembled a huge net worth.

He also gathered remunerative paycheck after playing the character of Porter in 1996 Romantic Drama film, In Love and War.

The millionaire writer sold his house in North London off the market that was valued for $3 million. The house was immortalized in The Lady in the Van.

Short Bio

The writer was born on 9 May 1934 in Armley, Leeds, as per wiki. The English playwright stands at the height of 1.83 m (6’) and belongs to a white ethnic group.

Alan went to Christ Church, Upper Armley, Church of England School and then transferred to Leeds Modern School. He then joined Exeter College, Oxford and obtained a degree in history.