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14 OCTOBER 2015
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF BEN WHISHAW (Q)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2015-10-14
Birthday for Ben Whishaw (first presented as Q in Skyfall (2012) on July 12, 2012), a hugely talented young British actor who we think will be knighted by the Queen if his career continues the way it has started. Coincidentally, Ben shares birthday with Sir Roger Moore.

With this special page, From Sweden with Love would like to celebrate Ben Whishaw on his birthday.

"Dear Ben, happy birthday and keep up the great work. Love from Sweden."

About Ben Whishaw:
Ben Whishaw was born on 14 October 1980 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating spring 2003.

In 1999, prior to drama school, Ben played important supporting roles in two films, The Trench directed by James Bond novelist William Boyd, author of Solo, and in Mauvaise Passé. 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 three of these films, Daniel Craig plays the leading role.

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 (2005).

It was during this run that Perfume producer Bernd Eichinger and director Tom Tykwer discovered Ben’s extraordinary talent. Ben played the lead character Grenouille in the highly acclaimed Perfume which debuted in the UK in December 2006. Ben 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, Ben 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. 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. In 2007 he was nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award.

In 2008, Ben worked on Brideshead Revisited directed by Julian Jarrold. The same year he 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, yet again, another busy year for Ben 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.

Ben then starred in “The Hour” for the BBC starring opposite Dominic West and Romola Garai. Ben then played the title role alongside James Purefoy and Patrick Stewart in the BBCs adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Richard II” (2012) followed by Cloud Atlas where he starred alongside an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess and Halle Berry.

From March to June 2013, Ben starred in Peter and Alice alongside Dame Judi Dench at the Noël Coward Theatre (formerly known as the Albery Theatre) in London.

This year he can be seen on film alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in the sci-fi thriller The Lobster, which played in competition at the Cannes film festival and In The Heart Of The Sea, about the whale attack that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. He also stars alongside Carrey Mulligan, Meryl Steep, and Helena Bonham Carter in the eagerly anticipated film Suffragette and features in The Danish Girl. On television, Whishaw plays the lead in the BBC thriller London Spy. This year Whishaw also starred in Bakkhai at the Almeida.

Editor's note:
With Skyfall completed, Ben has already made four films together with Daniel Craig including The Trench, Enduring Love and Layer Cake (in which he kills Craig's character!).

Photo above:
Ben Whishaw in a scene from Skyfall. Photo by Francois Duhamel. © 2012 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

For more information about Ben Whishaw, check out his profile on IMDB:
www.imdb.com/name/nm0924210/

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