Date of Birth : Oct 14th 1980
As the lead in Trevor Nunn’s 2004 young-cast production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, he received highly favourable reviews. The role was shared with Al Weaver in an unusual arrangement that saw Whishaw playing all nights except for Mondays and matinées. Nunn is reported to have made this arrangement due to the youth of the two actors playing the lead, to relieve some of the pressure on each. It was Whishaw, however, who featured most prominently in the marketing materials and in the majority of reviews.
Whishaw’s film and TV credits include Layer Cake and Chris Morris’s 2005 sitcom Nathan Barley, in which he played a character called Pingu. He was named ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ at the 2001 British Independent Film Awards (for My Brother Tom) and, in 2005, nominated as best actor in four award ceremonies for his Hamlet. He also played Keith Richards in the Brian Jones biopic Stoned. In the spring of 2005, Whishaw received lots of press for his turn as a drug dealer, acting alongside Robert Boulter and Fraser Ayres in Philip Ridley’s post-apocalyptic fringe play Mercury Fur.
In Perfume, Whishaw plays Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a perfume maker whose craft turns deadly. The film was released in Germany in September 2006 and in the U.S. in December 2006. In the same year Whishaw worked on Pawel Pawlikowski’s abandoned The Restraint of Beasts.
Whishaw appears in 2007’s I’m Not There as one of the Bob Dylan reincarnations and in 2008 in Criminal Justice, a Tiger Aspect series for the BBC, a new adaptation of Brideshead Revisited and …some trace of her, an adaptation of The Idiot at the National Theatre.
He appears in the forthcoming films Bright Star and The Tempest. In 2009 he will work on Kill Your Darlings in which he plays Lucien Carr.