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Ben Whishaw: ‘It’s fun playing Paddington Bear — I just don’t like marmalade’

The Times — Shock, horror! Paddington Bear hates marmalade. “I really don’t like it at all,” says Ben Whishaw. The 37-year-old actor voiced the bear in the big-screen 2014 hit Paddington. Whishaw’s firm but gentle enunciation, already familiar from his pedantic Q opposite Daniel Craig’s Bond, is indivisible with the animated ursine hero. He has voiced him again for Paddington 2, in which the little bear’s attempts to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy land him in jail. Critics have widely adored it, as have the public. Last weekend the film was number one at the UK box office.

It feels odd to be talking to Whishaw about a bear in a duffel coat because I last met him 14 years ago when he had just taken London by storm with a coruscating Hamlet at the Old Vic, directed by Trevor Nunn. He was 23, not long out of drama school and seemed skinless, so close were his emotions to the surface. He shut down any talk of his private life — although gay, he had not spoken publicly about his sexuality — and would gain a reputation as a charming, but elusive interviewee. Today he has a string of impeccable stage and screen roles under his belt, and although still fine-featured and youthful, he has gained solidity and certainty. He came out in 2013, announcing that he had been in a civil partnership with the composer Mark Bradshaw since 2012.

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Ben attends ‘Paddington 2’ World Premiere in London

Our gallery has been updated with high-quality pictures of Ben during the ‘Paddington 2’ Premiere in London (November 5) at BFI Southbank. Enjoy!

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Ben Whishaw Joins Hugh Grant in BBC’s ‘A Very English Scandal’

BBCA Very English Scandal is based on the bestselling book by the author and former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph John Preston that tells the shocking account of Thorpe who, in 1979, was tried but acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott.

Written by the BAFTA Award winning writer Russell T Davies and directed by Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Stephen Frears, the BBC One three-part drama (3 x 60 minutes) is executive produced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin for Blueprint Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC and produced by Dan Winch (Broadchurch, Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams). The drama was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content.
Russell T Davies says of the casting, “It’s a dream come true, to work with Ben. One of Britain’s finest actors playing one of history’s most fascinating men.”
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First look at Ben as Luke in “Against”

Ben Whishaw returns to the London stage for ‘Against’, the new production of American writer Christopher Shinn, directed by Ian Rickson. The play runs at the Almeida Theatre from 12 Aug to 30 September. For more information and book tickets click here.

Silicon Valley. The future. A rocket launches.
Luke is an aerospace billionaire who can talk to anyone. But God is talking to him. He sets out to change the world. Only violence stands in his way.

Check our gallery for rehearsals photos and a first look at Ben as Luke! (Courtesy of Almeida Theatre)

From Paddington Bear to Mary Poppins — but don’t call Ben Whishaw cute

The Times – We are in a pokey costumier’s workshop somewhere in the bowels of the Almeida theatre in Islington in north London. It’s not much more than a broom cupboard really, and Ben Whishaw sits on a stool amid the clothes and faceless Styrofoam wig-stands sipping a cup of tea. He seems happy.

All actors — particularly once they become successful — like to go on about how much they just love doing theatre. With Whishaw this is genuinely, honestly true. Ever since he arrived, fully formed, as Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet aged only 23, he has continued to return to the stage even as his screen career has blossomed. It’s almost impossible for him to do TV without being at least nominated for some award — Criminal Justice, The Hour, London Spy — and his film roles are as varied as they are acclaimed: John Keats in Bright Star, Keith Richards in Stoned and supporting turns in Suffragette and The Danish Girl. There are also his regular gigs as Q to Daniel Craig’s James Bond and, of course, the voice of Paddington Bear. Yet for all that here he is, backstage and back in rehearsals, drifting contentedly through the organised chaos of theatre company life. Continue reading

Here’s what the Banks family is up to in Mary Poppins Returns.

Earlier this month Entertainment Weekly gave us a first look at Mary Poppins Returns and showed us Ben Whishaw as grown-up Michael Banks, as well an interview with Emily Mortimer who plays his sister, Jane, in the movie. Check it:

Entertainment Weekly – Twenty-five years is a long time for things to change on Cherry Tree Lane, but Number 17 still stands — and the home that once belonged to mean banker Mr. Banks is now inhabited by his son, sensitive banker Michael Banks.

Ben Whishaw plays grown-up Michael and Emily Mortimer is his sister, Jane, in Disney’s forthcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns, which finds the magical nanny (Emily Blunt) returning to her former charges when tragedy strikes the family. Continue reading

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Hello and welcome to Ben Whishaw Network (ben-whishaw.net), your newest and ultimate online resource for actor Ben Whishaw.
You may recognize him as Q in the last 007 movies ‘Spectre’ and ‘Skyfall’, and the voice of adorable bear Paddington in the movie Paddington and upcoming Paddinton 2, he also will be the adult version of Michel Banks in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, an sequel from the original 1964’s movie.
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