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Ben Whishaw

(1980-), Actor

Sitter in 1 portrait
In 2004, at the age of twenty-three and having graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) the previous year, Whishaw came to prominence as Hamlet in Trevor Nunn’s production. His career in theatre, film and television since has included playing anguished heroes – Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited (2008), and John Keats in Bright Star (2009). Other notable screen roles include Richard II (2012) and several appearances as secret-service scientist ‘Q’ in the James Bond franchise. In 2018 he stars in Nicholas Hytner's production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre, London.

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Ben Whishaw as Hamlet, by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda - NPG x126968

Ben Whishaw as Hamlet

by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
bromide fibre print, 2004
NPG x126968


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