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Ben Whishaw stars in "The Hour" on BBC America as Freddie Lyon. On the big screen, he stars in the James Bond film, "Skyfall," opposite Daniel Craig, as Q. Whishaw will next star in the title role alongside James Purefoy and Patrick Stewart in the BBC's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard II," followed by "Cloud Atlas," where he stars alongside an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess and Halle Berry.

British actor Ben Whishaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating
Ben Whishaw in "The Hour"
Ben Whishaw The Hour
spring 2003.

In 1999, prior to drama school, Whishaw played important supporting roles in two films, "The Trench," directed by William Boyd, and "Mauvaise Passé," diricted by Michel Blanc. After graduation, he went on to appear in "Enduring Love," a film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel directed by Roger Michell, and "Layer Cake," a feature directed by Matthew Vaughan. In 2003, Whishaw starred in the popular comedy-drama "The Booze Cruise" for ITV. He 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 (2005).

It was during this run that Perfume producer Bernd Eichinger and director Tom Tykwer discovered Whishaw's extraordinary talent. Whishaw played the lead character Grenouille in the highly acclaimed "Perfume," which debuted in the UK in December 2006. He has also shot a feature film called "Stoned," in which he plays Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones, which was released in 2006. In the same year, Whishaw also completed filming "I'm Not Here," Todd Haynes' film portrayal of Bob Dylan's life along side the likes of Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Christian Bale. Whishaw returned to the theater for Katie Mitchell's version of "The Seagull" at the National Theatre in the Autumn of 2006, for which he again received great reviews. In 2007 he was nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Whishaw's most recent projects include "Brideshead Revisited," directed by Julian Jarrold. In 2008 Whishaw 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 Whishaw in "The Idiot" in which he played the lead at the National Theatre from the end of July.

2009 was, yet again, another busy year for Whishaw seeing him star as poet John Keats in "Bright Star," playing the lead in Mike Bartlett's play "Cock," and the character Ariel opposite Helen Mirren and Russell Brand in "The Tempest."


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Age: 36 years old
Birthday: October 14, 1980
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: Benjamin John Whishaw
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Hometown: Clifton, Bedfordshire, England, UK

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