He whispers in the cacophony of wild speculation in an interview with long time friend, Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, that in college, he was seeing a girl. Out there on the interwebs, the enigma has spawned data centres full of fantasy, longing and outright smut dedicated to Hollywood’s most openly closeted couple.

In the end, the Lee Pace Richard Armitage story is a heart-warming, titillating, romantic choose your own adventure as played out by fans on Tumblr. Without even trying, Richard and Lee are characters in a story they didn’t audition for.

The newspaper also added that people who claim to be close to the couple are “convinced” an engagement is inevitable. Fans were simultaneously mourning and celebrating the news. Many other fans were crushed because they hoped to marry him...

“So many people would flip but if the couple at some point announced they were engaged I’d be happy,” tweeted one fan. On Thursday, Lee Pace’s rep said “no comment” when asked whether the 38-year-old actor was tying the knot.

To add fuel to the flames, Sir Ian Mc Kellen has outed Lee Pace in an interview about his fellow co-stars in The Hobbit franchise.

Just look only how many openly gay actors in the “Hobbit” there were: two of the dwarves, to Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace.

Lee has been featured in the films, stage, as well as television.

His father James Roy Pace is an engineer whereas his mother Charlotte is a school teacher.

And what do you know, fantasy may have stumbled upon reality.

A Twitter user posted this “creeper” photo of Lee and Richard in Washington Square Park taken a few days ago: And this ridiculous smiley-faced golf-cart photo must mean something, right?

On screen or on stage, he’s not Lee Pace, he’s Thranduil, he’s Joe Mac Millian, he’s Calpernia, he’s Ned.