Ben Whishaw On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets

Ben Whishaw is a RADA-trained actor, known for stage and screen work. Born and raised in Clifton, Bedfordshire, he graduated from RADA in 2003 and found almost immediate success in the original production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre beofre taking on the title role of Hamlet in a 2004 production directed by Sir Trevor Nunn at the Old Vic. An Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor cemented Whishaw as “one to watch”.

His 2005 performance as a drug dealer in Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley garnered much attention, and film roles began to follow. Layer Cake in 2005, Perfume in 2006, I’m Not There in 2007 and a film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited in 2008 kept Whishaw firmly in the pubic eye.

Other stage appearances include Chekhov's The Seagull in 2006 and Some Trace of Her in 2008, both at the National Theatre. A return to the stage in 2009 saw him appear at the Royal Court Theatre in Cock by Mike Bartlett, before he was whisked back to Hollywood again for appearances in Bright Star in 2010 and The Tempest, directed by director of The Lion King, Julie Taymor. Another Shakespeare performance followed in 2012 with a BBC television adaptation of Richard II as part of The Hollow Crown series. Whishaw received a BAFTA Award for leading actor for this performance.

In 2012 Whishaw took on the role of Q in the James Bond film Skyfall, and reprised the role in the 2015 follow-up Spectre. His other notable film appearances include 2015’s The Lobster and Suffragette, and he most recently portrayed Herman Melville in In the Heart of the Sea. He is also the voice of the beloved Paddington Bear in the hugely successful 2014 film Paddington.

His most recent London stage appearances include working alongside Dame Judi Dench in Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre for Michael Grandage’s season in 2013, and the Euripides tragedy Bakkhai at the Almeida Theatre in 2015. He returned to the Almeida in August 2017 for Chris Shinn's play Against. In 2018, he will appear in Nicholas Hytner's production of Julius Caesar at the newly opened Bridge Theatre

London Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Julius Caesar Brutus  Bridge Theatre 2018 Review
Against Luke Almeida Theatre 2017 Review
Bakkhai Dionysos Almeida Theatre 2015 Review
Mojo Baby Harold Pinter Theatre 2014 Review
Peter and Alice Peter Noel Coward Theatre 2013 Review
Cock John Royal Court Theatre 2009  
Some Trace of Her Prince Myshkin National Theatre 2008  
Leaves of Glass Steven Soho Theatre 2007  
The Seagull Constantine National Theatre 2006 Review
Mercury Fur Eliot Paines Plough 2005  
Hamlet Hamlet Old Vic Theatre 2004 Review
His Dark Materials Brother Jasper National Theatre 2003 Review


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