Creator: Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw, born 1980, is an English actor of stage, movies, and TV. He seems to like playing characters that qualify for Beware The Nice and/or Quiet Ones. He gained international attention when he was cast as the new Q in the James Bond series begininning with Skyfall.Some of his more well-known roles include:
- Pingu in Nathan Barley
- Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Perfume
- Sidney in Layer Cake
- A fictional Arthur Rimbaud quoting Bob Dylan in I'm Not There
- John Keats in Bright Star
- Ariel in The Tempest (2010)
- Richard II in The BBC's The Hollow Crown
- Freddie Lyon in The BBC's The Hour
- Q in the James Bond films:
- Robert Frobisher (and Georgette) in Cloud Atlas
- The Zero Theorem
- Paddington as the voice of Paddington Bear
Tropes pertaining to this actor:
- Hollywood Nerd: As Q in Skyfall. Funnily enough, this role qualifies as Playing Against Type for him - in real life he doesn't even have a computer.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Most of his characters aren't bad guys, just Jerks With Hearts of Gold (save perhaps the arguably-megalomaniacal Richard II), but Mister Whishaw seems to be very nice indeed.
- Money, Dear Boy: His quotes about replacing Colin Firth in Paddington in The Daily Mail saying that he has "no relationship to Paddington whatsoever" and attended the audition "begrudgingly" probably points to this trope as a reason why he signed on. It's weird as he's been Doing It for the Art for a while now.
- Subverted to an extent, as that same interview revealed Whishaw's attiude turned into a case of So My Kids Can Watch since he has a 18 month old niece, and his intial apphrension was due to previous bad experiences doing voice over work. Once he started working he quite enjoyed himself.
- Playing Against Type: His role of Paddington Bear.
- Romance on the Set: With now-husband Mark Bradshaw. The pair met during the filming of Bright Star when Ben was playing poet John Keats, known for his highly romantic works, and Mark was writing the swooningly beautiful musical score for same. Cue dreamy sigh.
- Shakespearian Actor: He played Richard II in a BBC2 production of the play of the same name as part of The Hollow Crown.
- Star-Making Role: His role as the new Q in the James Bond series.