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Benjamin John Whishaw (born 14 October 1980) is an English actor. He has played on stage Hamlet; on television Nathan Barley, Criminal Justice, The Hour, and London Spy; and film roles including Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), I'm Not There
I'm Not There
(2007), Bright Star (2009), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Cloud Atlas (2012), The Lobster (2015), Suffragette (2015), and The Danish Girl (2015).[1] He played Q in the James Bond
James Bond
films Skyfall
(2012) and Spectre (2015).[2] He voiced Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear
in Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017).[3]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Stage 4.4 Radio

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, and was brought up there and in Langford, the son of Linda (née Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology.[4] His father is of French, German and Russian descent, and his mother is of English background.[5][6] He has a fraternal twin, James. "Whishaw" is not the family's original surname;[6] the family was originally named Stellmacher, a German occupational name for a cartwright.[7] He first rose to prominence as a member of the Bancroft Players Youth Theatre, Big Spirit, at Hitchin's Queen Mother Theatre. He attended Henlow
Middle School and then Samuel Whitbread Community College
Samuel Whitbread Community College
in Shefford. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
in 2003.[8] Career[edit] Whishaw was involved in many productions with Big Spirit, including If This is a Man (also performed as The Drowned & The Saved), a piece devised by the company based on the book of the same name by Primo Levi, a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp. It was adapted into a physical theatre piece by the group and taken to the 1995 Edinburgh Festival, where it garnered five-star reviews and great critical acclaim.[1]

Whishaw with Judi Dench
Judi Dench
in Peter and Alice, at the Noël Coward Theatre in May 2013

As the lead in Trevor Nunn's 2004 production of Hamlet
at the Old Vic, Whishaw received highly favourable reviews and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actor and the Ian Charleson Award. The role was shared with Al Weaver in an unusual arrangement that saw Whishaw playing all nights except for Mondays and matinées. Nunn is reported to have made this arrangement due to the youth of the two actors playing the lead, to relieve some of the pressure on each. It was Whishaw, however, who featured most prominently in the marketing materials and in the majority of reviews.[citation needed] His film and television credits include Layer Cake and Chris Morris's 2005 sitcom Nathan Barley, in which he played a character called Pingu. He was named "Most Promising Newcomer" at the 2001 British Independent Film Awards for My Brother Tom, and in 2005 he was nominated as best actor in four award ceremonies for his portrayal of Hamlet. He also played Keith Richards
Keith Richards
in the Brian Jones
Brian Jones
biopic Stoned. In the spring of 2005, Whishaw received lots of attention for his role as a drug dealer in Philip Ridley's controversial stage play Mercury Fur.[citation needed] In Perfume, Whishaw played Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a perfume maker whose craft turns deadly. The film was released in Germany in September 2006 and in US theaters in December 2006. In the same year, Whishaw worked on Paweł Pawlikowski's abandoned The Restraint of Beasts.[9] Whishaw appeared as one of the Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
reincarnations in I'm Not There
I'm Not There
in 2007, in the BBC's Criminal Justice in 2008, in a new adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, and in a stage adaptation of The Idiot at the National Theatre called ...some trace of her.[10] At the end of 2009 he starred in Cock, a new play by Mike Bartlett at the Royal Court Theatre
Royal Court Theatre
about a gay man who falls in love with a woman.[11][12] In 2009 he also starred as the poet John Keats
John Keats
in the film Bright Star. In February 2010, Whishaw made a successful off-Broadway debut at MCC Theater
MCC Theater
in the American premiere of the awarding-winning play The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell. He played Ariel in Julie Taymor's 2010 film adaptation of The Tempest, and was featured in The Hour, a BBC
Two drama series.[13] In 2012 Whishaw appeared as Richard II in the television film Richard II, a part of the BBC
Two series The Hollow Crown, for which he received the British Academy Television Award
British Academy Television Award
for Leading Actor.[14] Also in 2012, he appeared as part of the ensemble cast of the science-fiction drama film Cloud Atlas. Whishaw appeared in the 23rd James Bond
James Bond
film, Skyfall, in the role of Q.[15] He portrayed a younger Q than in previous films; Peter Burton and Desmond Llewelyn
Desmond Llewelyn
both received the role when they were in their forties, while Llewelyn and John Cleese
John Cleese
played the role into their eighties and sixties, respectively. In addition, he was teamed a fourth time with Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
after they starred in the films The Trench, Enduring Love, and Layer Cake. In spring 2013, Whishaw starred on stage alongside Judi Dench
Judi Dench
in the world premiere of Peter and Alice, a new play by John Logan inspired by the lives of Alice Liddell
Alice Liddell
and Peter Llewelyn Davies.[2][16] From October 2013 to February 2014 he again appeared on stage in the revival of Jez Butterworth's Olivier-award-winning play Mojo, also starring Rupert Grint, Brendan Coyle, Daniel Mays and Colin Morgan.[17] He was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor for both roles.[18] In the summer of 2015 he appeared as Dionysos in Euripides' tragedy Bakkhai at the Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre
in London.[19] In 2014, Whishaw starred in the independent film Lilting as well as voicing Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear
in the film Paddington.[20] In 2015, Whishaw co-starred in The Lobster, a romantic science fiction drama from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos; appeared in Suffragette, a story of the early feminist movement written by Abi Morgan and also starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
and his The Hour co-star, Romola Garai;[21] reprised his role of Q in Spectre, the 24th James Bond
James Bond
film; and played author Herman Melville
Herman Melville
in Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea.[22][23] In 2017, Wishaw reprised his role as Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear
in Paddington 2, and in 2018, he will play Michael Banks in Mary Poppins Returns. Personal life[edit] For several years Whishaw refused to answer questions about his personal life, saying: "For me, it's important to keep a level of anonymity. As an actor, your job is to persuade people that you're someone else. So if you're constantly telling people about yourself, I think you're shooting yourself in the foot."[24] In 2011, he told Out magazine: "As an actor you have total rights to privacy and mystery, whatever your sexuality, whatever you do. I don't see why that has to be something you discuss openly because you do something in the public eye. I have no understanding of why we turn actors into celebrities."[25] Whishaw entered into a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw in August 2012.[26][27] In 2014, he publicly discussed his coming out, saying that it was a tense experience for him but "everyone was surprisingly lovely."[28] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1999 Trench, TheThe Trench Pte. James Deamis

1999 Escort, TheThe Escort Jay

2001 Baby Little Joe Short film

2001 My Brother Tom Tom British Independent Film Award
British Independent Film Award
for Most Promising Newcomer Sochi International Film Festival Award for Best Actor

2002 Spiritual Rampage

Short film

2003 Ready When You Are Mr. McGill Bruno

2003 Booze Cruise, TheThe Booze Cruise Daniel

2004 77 Beds Ishmael Short film

2004 Enduring Love Spud

2004 Layer Cake Sidney

2005 Stoned Keith Richards

2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Jean-Baptiste Grenouille Bambi Award for Best Film – National (shared with Bernd Eichinger and Tom Tykwer) Nominated – British Academy Film Award for Rising Star Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor

2007 I'm Not There Arthur Independent Spirit Award for Best Cast

2008 Brideshead Revisited Sebastian Flyte

2009 The International Rene Antall

2009 Bright Star John Keats

2009 Love Hate Tom Short film

2010 Tempest, TheThe Tempest Ariel

2012 Skyfall Q

2012 Cloud Atlas Cabin Boy Robert Frobisher Store Clerk Georgette Tribesman

2013 Beat[29] Unknown Short film

2013 The Zero Theorem Doctor 3

2013 Teenage[30] Narrator Documentary

2013 Days and Nights Eric[31][32]

2014 Lilting Richard[31]

2014 Paddington Paddington Bear Voice

2015 The Muse[33] Edward Dunstan Short film

2015 The Lobster Limping Man Nominated – BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor

2015 Unity[34] Narrator Documentary

2015 Suffragette Sonny

2015 The Danish Girl Henrik

2015 Spectre Q

2015 In the Heart of the Sea Herman Melville[22]

2016 A Hologram for the King Dave

2017 Paddington 2[35] Paddington Bear Voice

2018 Mary Poppins Returns Michael Banks Post-production

2019 Bond 25 Q


Year Title Role Notes

2000 Black Cab Ryan Episode: "Work"

2000 Other People's Children Sully 4 episodes

2005 Nathan Barley Pingu 6 episodes

2008 Criminal Justice Ben Coulter 5 episodes International Emmy Award for best actor Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor Nominated – British Academy Television Award
British Academy Television Award
for Best Actor

2011–12 Hour, TheThe Hour Freddie Lyon 12 episodes Nominated – Broadcasting Press Guild Best Actor (2013)

2012 Richard II Richard II of England Television film Nominated – Broadcasting Press Guild Best Actor British Academy Television Award
British Academy Television Award
Leading Actor

2014 Playhouse Presents Ezra Episode: "Foxtrot"

2015 London Spy Danny 5 episodes Nominated – British Academy Television Award
British Academy Television Award
for Best Actor

2017 Queers Perce Episode: "The Man on the Platform" BBC4 TV monologue written by Mark Gatiss

2018 A Very English Scandal Norman Scott


Year Title Role Theatre Notes

2003 His Dark Materials Brother Jasper Royal National Theatre

2004 Hamlet Hamlet Old Vic Ian Charleson Award Third Prize 2005 Nominated – Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor Nominated – South Bank Sky Arts Award
South Bank Sky Arts Award
for Breakthrough Artist Nominated – Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer Nominated – What's On Stage Theatregoers Choice Awards for Best Actor

2005 Mercury Fur Elliot Paines Plough
Paines Plough
at the Menier Chocolate Factory

2006 Seagull, TheThe Seagull Konstantin Royal National Theatre

2007 Leaves of Glass Steven Soho Theatre

2008 ...some trace of her Prince Myshkin Royal National Theatre

2009 Cock John Royal Court Theatre

2010 The Pride Oliver Lucille Lortel Theatre

2013 Peter and Alice Peter Llewelyn Davies Noël Coward Theatre Nominated – WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor[18]

2013 Mojo Baby Harold Pinter Theatre Nominated – WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor[18]

2015 Bakkhai Dionysus Almeida Theatre

2016 The Crucible John Proctor Walter Kerr Theatre Theatre World Award

2017 Against Luke Almeida Theatre

2018 Julius Caesar Brutus Bridge Theatre


Year Title Role

2004 Arthur Arthur

2006 Look Back in Anger Jimmy Porter

2011 Cock John

See also[edit]

List of British actors List of Royal National Theatre
Royal National Theatre
Company actors List of Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


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Observer profile Culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-22.  ^ a b Kellaway, Kate (17 March 2013). "Ben Whishaw: 'I feel I'm always in the dark' – interview". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 March 2013.  ^ Yamato, Jen (1970-01-01). "Bear Necessity: Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
To Voice CG 'Paddington'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-07-17.  ^ Curtis, Nick (29 April 2004). "My Hamlet
Fears". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 September 2010.  ^ 'I found a part of me that was actually a show-off and actually I'm not at all like in real life': How Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
became Britain's next big, Dan Davies, The Guardian
The Guardian
9 February 2013 ^ a b In love with Hamlet, Dylan, Keats . . ., Marianne Gray, The Spectator, 28 October 2009 ^ Bond star Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
reveals that his grandfather was a British spy with a double identity ^ "RADA: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
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Cast as Q in New James Bond
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Ben Whishaw
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BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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International Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor

Thierry Frémont
Thierry Frémont
(2005) Ray Winstone
Ray Winstone
(2006) Pierre Bokma
Pierre Bokma
/ Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) David Suchet
David Suchet
(2008) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2009) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(2010) Christopher Eccleston
Christopher Eccleston
(2011) Darío Grandinetti
Darío Grandinetti
(2012) Sean Bean
Sean Bean
(2013) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2014) Maarten Heijmans
Maarten Heijmans
(2015) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2016) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

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