He first rose to prominence as a member of the Bancroft Players Youth Theatre, Big Spirit, at Hitchin's Queen Mother Theatre.
He attended Henlow Middle School and then Samuel Whitbread Community College in Shefford.
He portrayed a younger Q than in previous films; Peter Burton and Desmond Llewelyn both received the role when they were in their forties, while Llewelyn and John Cleese played the role into their eighties and sixties, respectively.
In addition, he was teamed a third time with Daniel Craig after they starred in the films The Trench and Layer Cake.
As I get older, and my social media timelines continue to become oversaturated with engagements, weddings, and babies, it’s increasingly harder to not feel incredibly anxious about being single or even worse, resign myself to a future where I clearly made my choice.
The relative ease of technology and the bevy of choices that it has offered has created a dating dystopia of sorts.
In 2015, Whishaw co-starred in The Lobster, a romantic science fiction drama from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos; appeared in Suffragette, a story of the early feminist movement written by Abi Morgan and also starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and his The Hour co-star, Romola Garai; In 2017, Wishaw reprised his role as Paddington Bear in Paddington 2, and in 2018, he will play Michael Banks in Mary Poppins Returns.
From October 2013 to February 2014 he again appeared on stage in the revival of Jez Butterworth's Olivier-award-winning play Mojo, also starring Rupert Grint, Brendan Coyle, Daniel Mays and Colin Morgan.It was adapted into a physical theatre piece by the group and taken to the 1995 Edinburgh Festival, where it garnered five-star reviews and great critical acclaim.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 and the Ian Charleson Award.In February 2010, Whishaw made a successful off-Broadway debut at MCC Theater in the American premiere of the awarding-winning play The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell.He played Ariel in Julie Taymor's 2010 film adaptation of The Tempest, and was featured in The Hour, a BBC Two drama series.He comes with his brother (turned into a dog, years prior) and befriends a man with a lisp (John C.Reilly) and one with a limp (Ben Whishaw is bitingly sharp about the way it pinpoints our ways of latching onto arbitrary traits or morphing ourselves to find the “right” partner.In the spring of 2005, Whishaw received lots of attention for his role as a drug dealer in Philip Ridley's controversial stage play Mercury Fur.In Perfume, Whishaw played Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a perfume maker whose craft turns deadly.The film was released in Germany in September 2006 and in US theaters in December 2006.In the same year, Whishaw worked on Paweł Pawlikowski's abandoned The Restraint of Beasts.