ManCrush: Ben Whishaw

A talented actor who always has our attention.

Ben Whishaw is an actor in film, television, and theatre.

Whishaw received the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Richard II – an adaptation of the play by Shakespeare.

For his 2018 performance in A Very English Scandal, he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

Early life

Whishaw was born in 1980 Bedfordshire. He has a fraternal twin, James.

He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003.


Whishaw’s first major break was as the lead in Trevor Nunn’s 2004 production of Hamlet at the Old Vic. Whishaw received highly favourable reviews, and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actor.

Over the years, Whishaw has been working solidly across a variety of roles in theatre, film, and television.

Notable roles include Richard II, the role of Q in a number of Bond films, the voice of Paddington Bear, and Norman Scott in A Very English Scandal.

Personal life

Following a civil partnership with his partner Mark Bradshaw in 2012, Whishaw has publicly discussed his sexuality.