Ben Whishaw truly entered the pop culture stratosphere when he took on the role of James Bond’s gadget master, Q, opposite Daniel Craig in 2012’s phenomenally successful Skyfall. Lanky, youthful, and one of the most naturalistic actors working in both film and theater today, the UK-born Whishaw more recently pulled heartstrings in Director Hong Khaou’s independent drama, Lilting, as a gay man who attempts to connect with the non-English-speaking, prickly Chinese mother of his recently deceased partner.
Openly gay himself, Whishaw and Aussie Composer Mark Bradshaw tied the knot in 2012. The London-based, 34-year-old thespian is a prolific actor, to say the least. He inhabited five different roles in the sprawling 2012 epic, Cloud Atlas (one of them a gay composer), played a scent-obsessed French serial killer in 2006’s Perfume, portrayed poet John Keats in Jane Campion’s 2009 biopic Bright Star, a Bob Dylan alter ego in 2007’s I’m Not There, and Keith Richards in 2005’s Stoned.