Benjamin John Whishaw (born 14 October 1980, in Clifton, England) 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 beginning with Skyfall.
Some of his 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
- Tom in Love/Hate
- 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
- Mary Poppins Returns as Michael Banks
- A Very English Scandal as Norman Josiffe
- The Personal History Of David Copperfield as Uriah Heep
- Fargo Season Four as Patrick "Rabbi" Milligan
Tropes pertaining to this actor:
- Hollywood Nerd: As Q in the latest James Bond films. Funnily enough, this role qualifies as Playing Against Type for him - in real life he doesn't even have a computer.
- Queer Character, Queer Actor: Since coming out as gay in 2013, Whishaw has played several gay characters including:
- Shakespearian Actor:
- Those Two Actors: He has played alongside Daniel Craig in Enduring Love, Layer Cake, The Trench and three James Bond films.