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What is it with Ben Whishaw and cats? Last time I met him, in a bar in Shoreditch in 2004, he was 23. Just six months out of Rada, he’d become famous overnight for his electrifying performance at the Old Vic as Hamlet – all skinny legs, Keith Richards hair stuffed under a beanie and nothing but rave reviews. It struck me that he was completely freaked out, rabbit-in-the-headlights startled by the idea that the world would be remotely interested in anything he had to say. The only personal information I extracted was that he’s a cat-lover – ‘the most I ever had at one time is 11’....
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In his brief career to date, actor Ben Whishaw has made a big impact. He’s best known to theatregoers for taking the title role in Trevor Nunn’s award-winning production of Hamlet at the Old Vic in 2004, for which he was nominated for Best Actor honours in the 2005 Laurence Olivier and Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards and Outstanding Newcomer in the Evening Standard Awards.
Whishaw’s other professional stage credits have included Brother Jasper in His Dark Materials at the National, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and the leading role of Elliot in Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur...
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Of all the pleasing elements in the latest Bond film, the reinvention of Q as a young, anorak-clad computer genius was perhaps the most intriguing.
It was classic Ben Whishaw, an actor who is now being talked about as one of Britain’s finest. That he only worked on Skyfall for five days is surprising; that it was all he needed to make his mark, less so.
It is a quality that Daniel Craig has been aware of – painfully aware, it transpires – since 1999, when their paths first crossed on William Boyd’s directorial debut, The Trench.
Whishaw, then 17 and still studying for his A levels at...
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IAR: To begin with, is one of the most exciting aspects of being in a project like this the opportunity to play several different characters and really be part of an ensemble of actors as apposed to being number one or number two on the call sheet? Is that why you wanted to be in this movie?

Ben Whishaw: Definitely. None of us really knew what that would entail until we were there doing it. It did create a very special atmosphere and we have to thank Tom Hanks for guiding us in that because he's such a powerful person. There are lots of powerful people in the cast of course, but if he hadn't...
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Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Ben Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, where he grew up along with his twin brother James. Ben attended Samuel Whitbread Community College where his interest in theater grew and he became a member of the Bancroft Players Youth Theater at Hitchin's Queen Mother Theater. During his time there he rose to prominence in many productions, most notably If This Is a Man, based on the book of the same name by Primo Levi, a survivor of Nazi World War II prisoner of war camp. The play was taken to the Edinburgh Festival...
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. Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Bedfordshire on October 14, 1980 to Linda and Jose Whishaw, a cosmetics worker and an IT consultant respectively. He has a fraternal twin brother, James.

2. Whishaw has been interested in acting from a young age; he was a paying member of the Bancroft Players Youth Theatre and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003. Whishaw has a career that spans radio, stage, television and film! Do you think he just couldn't make his mind up?

3. All of this considered, Whishaw claims to have no understanding of why we turn some actors into celebrities....
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Ben Whishaw is at his best playing troubled romantics: Keats, Dylan, and his latest, Freddie Lyon on the new BBC series The Hour. Freddie might not have the same artistic pedigree as the others — he's a reporter for a 1956 English news program — but he shares a poet’s passion in his relentless pursuit of the truth. He also pines for his best friend/boss Bel (played by Romola Garai), who in turn lusts for their lead presenter Hector (Dominic West). We spoke with Whishaw about The Hour ; his next film, Cloud Atlas, which he starts shooting in mid-September with Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis;...
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Whishaw prefers not to discuss his personal life, saying: "For me, it’s important to keep a level of anonymity. As an actor, your job is to persuade people that you’re someone else. So if you’re constantly telling people about yourself, I think you’re shooting yourself in the foot." In 2011 he told Out magazine, "As an actor you have total rights to privacy and mystery, whatever your sexuality, whatever you do. I don't see why that has to be something you discuss openly because you do something in the public eye. I have no understanding of why we turn actors into celebrities." However, in August 2013 a representative for Whishaw confirmed that he entered into a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw in August 2012.
Bond star Ben Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington Bear. He takes over from Colin Firth, who graciously opted for ‘conscious uncoupling’ from the upcoming film, called Paddington, because he couldn’t find the right vocal tone for the much-loved character.
Producer David Heyman and director Paul King told me that Colin sensed early on, before they did, he wasn’t right for the role.
‘He was saying: “Are you sure I’m right?” He was way ahead of us,’ Heyman admitted. ‘Colin was brilliant, but his voice was, ultimately, too mature.’
Paddington, he says, is an optimistic bear...
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Ben Whishaw, who is currently juggling shooting the five-part BBC2 series London Spy with his role as Q in Spectre, has just come off set and is adamant that this is the least spy thriller spy thriller you can imagine, a far cry from Bond.

“It doesn’t really feel like a spy thriller to me, although it sort of is,” he says, distractedly cradling a hot-water bottle. “It’s broader than that, because it’s about a character who’s not within that world, about somebody who stumbles into it and to whom it’s alien and mystifying. So it doesn’t feel like a traditional spy drama in that...
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The actor told how his character will join the superspy in the field for the first time on the next 007 adventure.

But Bond fans will have to wait three years to see it because the 24th fi lm in the franchise will not be released until 2016.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star Sunday, Ben said: “John Logan, who is writing the next film, has told me that my character Q will get out of the MI6 bunker and get out into the fi eld. “It would be a fi rst for Q to be in the front line with Bond, involved in all the action.

“I don’t think I will need to do training though, because he...
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Pinewood Studios continues to invest in its facilities and the latest offering for clients is a brand new, state of the art facility for both film and television production.

The new stage is named ‘Q Stage’ and was formally opened by Ben Whishaw, the latest actor to play the famous Q character in the Bond franchise.

The development comprises a 30,000 sq ft stage and 15,000 sq ft of production accommodation and workshops. Pinewood’s newest stage was completed on 27 September 2013 and the first production to move in is a large, inward investment film.

After some opening remarks from Andrew...
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You play the young composer Robert Frobisher in your main storyline. Did you have to study music?

Ben Whishaw: Tom [Tykwer] phoned me three months before we were going to shoot and said, “You need to have piano lessons.” So he sent me the score and I found a teacher in London. Miao-miao, her name was. I learned a lot about Frobisher that way.

Which was the most liberating character to play?

BW: I liked being the woman [Whishaw plays Hugh Grant’s wife in the modern-day storyline]. It was only one day’s filming. We did this whole experiment with lots of prosthetics and creases and wrinkles...
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Skyfall star Ben Whishaw has hinted that Bond 24 could begin production by the end of the year.

The Hour actor, who played MI6's new Q in last year's action blockbuster, said that he and Daniel Craig will "probably be back together again in about ten months".
Whishaw also said that he hopes Q is more involved in the Skyfall follow-up and wants Sam Mendes to return to the director's chair.

Asked if there was any actor he'd like to see play James Bond when Craig's tenure finished, Whishaw replied: "I know that he's doing the next three so I'm not thinking beyond that. We've got to just get through...
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British actor Ben Whishaw has reportedly been cast as Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the late Queen frontman's life.

The 33-year-old Skyfall star is replacing Sacha Baron Cohen, who left the project earlier this year over "creative differences".

Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe had been slated to take over from Cohen but Whishaw emerged as the frontrunner after the surviving members of Queen revealed on The One Show in October that he was their top choice.

Whishaw, best known for his role in Skyfall as Q, has also appeared in TV dramas The Hour and Nathan Barley.

He also played Rolling Stone...
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Ben Whishaw’s turn as hi-tech boffin Q in the new James Bond film Skyfall is brave new territory indeed, he tells James Rampton.
Ben Whishaw admits that he was completely blindsided by this one. Hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, the 32-year-old is about to play the MI6 boffin Q – all gadgets and geekiness — in Skyfall, the new Bond movie. But, he confesses, “I absolutely did not see the offer coming.”
Sam Mendes, the director of the film, had invited him for dinner. “I thought we were going to be discussing a Shakespeare project,” recalls Whishaw.
Bond is big....
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posted by namelessbastard
Born on October 14, 1980, British actor Ben Whishaw Whishaw began performing on stage in the late 1990s, as a member of the Bancroft Youth Theatre (now the Big Spirit Youth Theatre). He earned critical acclaim after starring in the theater's production of If This Is a Man, an autobiographical play by Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. Whishaw garnered more positive reviews in 2004 after playing the lead role in a production of Hamlet. Whishaw soon began landing film roles, including as Keith Richards in the 2005 biopic Stoned. In 2011, Whishaw debuted on the popular television series The Hour. That same year, he was cast as Q in 2012's Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond film series, directed by Sam Mendes.
Ben Whishaw has been confirmed to star in a new Freddie Mercury biopic, replacing Sacha Baron Cohen. The film will be the ‘coming-of-age story of the group,’ according to Deadline.com, ‘culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985’. Okay, so Sacha Baron Cohen might look the part. But we like this news in five ways:
Ben Whishaw’s got magnetism
Freddie Mercury owned the stage, one of the most flamboyant figures ever to strut his thing at stadium after sell-out stadium around the world. You might think whippety-hipped Ben Whishaw a little on the waify side. But he blazed on stage as...
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In May 2004, a spidery-limbed, hollow-cheeked unknown walked onto the stage at the Old Vic and sent electric shocks of excitement through the auditorium. Playing Hamlet, aged 23, Ben Whishaw was one of the youngest Danish princes ever to commandeer the stage at this theatre, yet some critics felt they had witnessed a performance which could rank alongside those of Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Peter O’Toole. One reviewer declared that ‘Whishaw, with his light, tremulous voice, painfully thin body, and the kind of cheekbones that will have adolescent girls swooning in...
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James Bond actor Ben Whishaw is to play Freddie Mercury in a new film about rock band Queen.

The star is best known for playing Q in Bond film Skyfall and newshound Freddie Lyon in BBC drama The Hour.

He replaces Sacha Baron Cohen, who pulled out of playing Mercury in July citing "creative differences".

The Queen singer died in 1991. The film, which will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, will follow the band in the run-up to Live Aid in 1985.

Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will oversee the soundtrack, which will include hits like Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You.

The film...
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