The Big Bang Theory star and Emmy winner Jim Parsons has revealed he feels too normal to be an inspiration as he was honoured at an awards ceremony.
The star of the E4 comedy, who plays socially awkward geek Sheldon Cooper, was given the Inspiration Award along with his boyfriend Todd Spiewak at the GLESN Respect ceremony in Los Angeles.
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network's annual ceremony recognises efforts to make a significant difference to ensure schools are safe for lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender students.
Speaking on the red carpet next to his long-term partner, Jim said the honour had come as a shock.
"It's very moving, it's very surprising and when we got over the shock of it we were able to feel the honour of it.
"GLESN is somewhat new to us and we both left last year's ceremony completely floored by the event as a whole but also by the student ambassadors that got up and spoke. I had never heard young people speak like that, I thought you had to go to one of those debate camps, maybe you do."
The 40-year-old added: "It was surprising to hear we were getting an inspiration award. We feel very average, we feel very normal The strange stuff is the Hollywood stuff we have to walk through, not the gay stuff we have to walk through but maybe that's the point."