Ben Whishaw is a versatile English actor. He was born as Benjamin John Whishaw on October 14, 1980, in Clifton, Bedfordshire in England. He has a twin brother named James Whishaw. Ben studied at Henlow Middle School. He was a member of Big Spirit, a theatre company in Samuel Whitbread Community College, Shefford, where he also studied. In 2003, he graduated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Ben got involved in several Big Spirit productions, mainly for “If This is a Man”, which is based on Primo Levi’s book of the same name.
Later, it was adapted into the theatre and was taken at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995, where it earned 5-star reviews and became critically acclaimed. Ben’s performance as the lead actor in Tevor Nunn’s Hamlet, which was performed at the Old Vic Theatre, earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Olivier Award and the theatrical Ian Charleson Awards in 2005. Ben’s other stage performances include Mercury Fur (2005), The Seagull (2006), Leaves of Glass (2007), Some Trace of Her (2008), Cock (2009), The Pride (2010), Peter and Alice (2013), Mojo (2013), Bakkhai (2015) and The Crucible (2016). He was nominated for Best Actor at WhatsOnStage Award for his performances in Peter and Alice and Mojo. His first film appearance was from the 1999 independent war film, The Trench.
In 2001, he appeared as Tom in My Brother Tom and bagged the British Independent Film Awards for Most Promising Newcomer and Best Actor at the Sochi International Film Festival Awards. Ben also appeared as Keith Richards in the biographical film, Stoned. In 2006, he was starred in the German fantasy thriller, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. He also appeared in The Restraint of Beasts. In 2007, he co-starred with ,
, and in the biographical musical drama film, I’m Not There. In 2012, Ben played the lead role in the British TV film, Richard II, which is part of BBC’s,
The Hollow Crown that features William Shakespeare’s history plays. In the same year, he appeared in the independent German-American sci-fi film,
, which is based on David Mitchell’s novel of the same name. In 2014, he starred in Hong Khaou’s British drama film, Lilting. The following year, he was seen as the Limping Man in the absurdist dystopian comedy-drama film,
. Later, he played as Sonny Watts in the historical period drama film, Suffragette. He reprised his role as Q in
’ Spectre, alongside
Also in 2015, Ben appeared as Herman Melville in the historical drama film, In the Heart of the Sea. For many years, Ben refused to comment on questions about his personal life. He believes that he has total rights to his privacy, whatever is his sexuality. In 2012, he had a civil partnership with Mark Bradshaw, an Australian composer. He came out as a gay man in 2014.