This Is London : Hidden pursuits of MI6 man Gareth Williams’s private life

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hidden pursuits of MI6 man Gareth Williams’s private life

Justin Davenport, Crime Editor | December 22, 2010

The new details of Gareth Williams's life reveal an intensely private individual who had a life unknown to his friends, family or spy bosses.

He was a respected technician who had an occasional drink with colleagues and was an avid and competitive cyclist.

He enjoyed outdoor sports such as rock climbing as well as trips to the theatre and cinema, and his iPod showed a varied taste.

Yet today detectives revealed that the 30-year-old also had an interest in bondage websites, and visited a cabaret act featuring drag artist Jonny Woo at restaurant and theatre venue Bistrotheque in Mile End just before his death.

He went alone, but others who were at the event said Mr Williams chatted amicably with audience members.

He also held two tickets for drag shows in Vauxhall which took place after his death, and a witness has said he saw Mr Williams at Barcode, a gay bar in the area, in May.

Police revealed he had an interest in fashion, having attended two beginner's design courses at Central St Martins. Could this explain his collection of women's designer clothes and wigs worth £15,000? Intriguingly, there is no evidence that Mr Williams was gay, nor any evidence that he had ever had a girlfriend or a boyfriend.

He visited five bondage websites, including, and, browsing for between 30 minutes and an hour at a time. The sites feature women and give instruction on how to carry out bondage techniques.

But again there was no evidence that he was “obsessed” with bondage, and no pornography or bondage gear was found in his flat.