Post your questions for Ben Whishaw

Whether you want to know about kitting out James Bond or sinking his claws into Paddington Bear, Britain’s most likable actor is here to tell all

You’ll probably know Ben Whishaw best for taking over from Desmond Llewelyn (and briefly John Cleese) as Q in the past three James Bond films. And as the voice of Paddington Bear, where he was brought in at the last minute to replace Colin Firth.

Whishaw brings something so very likable to every role he plays: John Keats in Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Sebastian Flyte in the 2008 version of Brideshead Revisited and the grown-up Michael Banks in Mary Poppins Returns. And that includes his TV work: Norman Scott in A Very English Scandal and junior doctor Adam Kay in This Is Going to Hurt.

It makes you wonder if he could ever play a baddie: well, he does get close by playing Uriah Heep in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield and gets punched in the face by Dev Patel.

Whishaw now stars in Women Talking, in which the women of an isolated religious community struggle to reconcile their reality with their faith. It co-stars Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Frances McDormand, and has earned the director, Sarah Polley, her second Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

So, be they gadget-, Dickens-, or marmalade sandwich-related, post your Qs for Whishaw below by midday GMT on Tuesday 31 Jan and we’ll print his As in Film & Music on 17 February.

• Women Talking is released on 10 February in UK cinemas.


Rich Pelley

The GuardianTramp

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