After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Spring 2003,
BEN WHISHAW went on to appear in ENDURING LOVE, a film adaptation of
Ian McEwan's novel directed by Roger Michel and LAYER CAKE, a feature directed
by Matthew Vaughan. In 2003, he also starred in the popular comedy-drama "The
Booze Cruise" for ITV.
Ben subsequently made his West End debut at the National Theatre in their
stage adaptation of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials and starred as Hamlet
in Trevor Nunn's electric 'youth' version of the play at the Old Vic, for which
he has received tremendous critical acclaim and a Laurence Olivier nomination
It was during this run that producer Bernd Eichinger and director Tom Tykwer
discovered Ben's extraordinary talent. Ben played the lead character Grenouille
in the highly acclaimed film PERFUME which debuted in the UK in December 2006.
Ben also shot a feature film called STONED, in which he plays Keith Richards
from the Rolling Stones, released in 2006. In the same year, Ben also completed
filming I'M NOT THERE, Todd Haynes film portrayal of Bob Dylan's life alongside
the likes of Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Christian Bale. Ben plays the
young, poetic Dylan which was seen on screens in the fall of 2007.
Ben also appeared on television in "Nathan Barley" from director Chris Morris
for TalkBack Productions. Ben returned to the theatre for Katie Mitchell's
version of The Seagull at the National Theatre in the Autumn of 2006, for which
he again received great reviews.
Ben appeared in BRIDESHEAD REVISITED which was released to critical acclaim
in September 2008. The film featured Ben as Sebastian Flyte, a young, troubled
aristocrat. The project was directed by Julian Jarrold and produced by Robert
Bernstein. In 2008 Ben also starred in the hugely popular BBC drama "Criminal
Justice" which saw him pick up the award for best actor at the 2009 Royal
Television Society Awards, 'Best Actor' at the International Emmy Awards 2009
and was nominated for 'Best Actor' at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards. 2008
also saw Ben in The Idiot in which he played the lead at the National Theatre
from the end of July.
2009 was another busy year for Ben seeing him star as poet John Keats in
BRIGHT STAR. The film focused on Keats' relationship with Fanny Brawne, played
by Abbie Cornish. Ben then played the lead at The Royal Court Theatre in Mike
Bartlett's play Cock - a story which takes a candid look at one man's sexuality
and the difficulties that arise when you realise you have a choice. Ben then
played Ariel opposite Helen Mirren and Russell Brand in THE TEMPEST.
Ben went on to star as Freddie Lyon in "The Hour" for the BBC opposite
Dominic West and Romola Garai. This was followed by the lead role alongside
James Purefoy and Patrick Stewart in the BBCs adaptation of Shakespeare's
"Richard II" which was released in Summer 2012 and earned him a TV BAFTA. At the
end of last year Ben replaced John Cleese as the new Q in the most recent Bond
movie, SKYFALL alongside Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes. He will be reprising
this role in the next Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes, due for release autumn
The beginning of 2013 saw the release of CLOUD ATLAS in which Ben starred
alongside an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess and Halle Berry.
Ben appeared on stage starring alongside Judi Dench in Peter and Alice which
received rave reviews.
This year Ben played the dark and tragic character of Baby in Jez
Butterworth's Mojo in the West
End. He can be seen in cinemas now in the sensationally moving independent film
It has just been announced that Ben will be playing the lead in the new
exciting BBC spy drama,
"London Spy" which he will begin filming in October 2014.
Next year he can be seen on film alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in
the Sci-Fi thriller LOBSTER produced by the BFI film fund production company and
he will star as Herman Melville in THE HEART OF THE SEA, a Warner Bros film
about the whale attack that spawned Moby Dick. In 2015
Ben will also be seen playing alongside Meryl Steep, Helena Bonham Carter
amongst others in the eagerly anticipated SUFFRAGETTE.
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