Ben Whishaw to star in London Spy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 September 2014
Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw has been named as the lead actor in new BBC series London Spy, which is set to air next year

Ben Whishaw is to play the lead role in BBC Two's new drama series 'London Spy'.

The 33-year-old actor will take on the role of Danny, who is described as an "innocent, young romantic", in the five-part thriller, with filming set to begin next month.

The new series comes from 'Child 44' author Tom Rob Smith, who said: "Ben Whishaw is quite simply one of the best actors in the country. It's an extraordinary privilege, as a writer, to have him play the lead."

Elsewhere, Polly Hill, BBC's head of independent drama, said: "This is a beautifully written love story, caught up in a spy thriller. A wonderfully complex and surprising story, of one man's search for the truth."

The series - which is set on a London street that houses the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side of the road and the headquarters of the gay clubbing scene on the opposite - is set to air on BBC Two in 2015.

Meanwhile, Whishaw - who has also starred as gadget wizard Q in James Bond movie 'Skyfall' - claimed recently he doesn't fear being typecast now he has come out as a gay man.

He said: "It's not a consideration for me, because gay characters are as varied and different as heterosexual characters.

"I've played all sorts of different people, so I don't see the need to balance them out."

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