Ben Whishaw, born 1980, is an English actor of stage, movies, and TV. He seems to like playing characters that qualify for [[BewareTheNiceOnes Beware The Nice]] and/or [[BewareTheQuietOnes Quiet Ones]].

Some of his more well-known roles include:

* [[ExtremeDoormat Pingu]] in ''NathanBarley''
* [[SerialKiller Jean-Baptiste Grenouille]] in ''{{Perfume}}''
* [[CrazyJealousGuy Sidney]] in ''LayerCake''
* A fictional [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rimbaud Arthur Rimbaud]] quoting Bob Dylan in ''ImNotThere''
* Creator/JohnKeats in ''BrightStar''
* [[IntrepidReporter Freddie Lyon]] in the BBC's ''Series/TheHour''
* [[GadgeteerGenius Q]] in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''
* [[ManipulativeBastard Robert Frobisher]] (and [[CrosscastRole Georgette]]) in ''CloudAtlas''
* ''Film/TheZeroTheorem''

!Tropes partaining to this actor:

* HollywoodNerd: As Q in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. Funnily enough, this role qualifies as PlayingAgainstType for him - in real life he doesn't even have a computer.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Most of his characters aren't bad guys, just [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With Hearts of Gold]], but Mister Whishaw seems to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wLKxFbWKSg very nice indeed.]]
* RomanceOnTheSet: With now-husband Mark Bradshaw. The pair met during the filming of ''BrightStar'' when Ben was playing poet John Keats, known for his highly romantic works, and Mark was writing the swooningly beautiful musical score for same. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Cue dreamy sigh.]]
* [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearian Actor]]: He played Theatre/RichardII in a BBC2 production of the play of the same name as part of ''The Hollow Crown''.
** He also played [[TheFairFolk Ariel]] in a film of ''Theatre/TheTempest''.
** And ''{{Hamlet}}'' in a London stage production when he was only twenty-three.