The actor confirmed his sexuality in a new interview and also revealed he is in a civil partnership. Whishaw entered into a civil partnership with the Australian film composer Mark Bradshaw in August 2012; the pair met on the set of the 2009 film Bright Star.
A spokesperson for Ben Whishaw is quoted as saying “Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work. Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy”.
Ben Whishaw played Q in the James Bond film Skyfall and is expected to reprise the role in the as-yet-untitled 24th James Bond film which is due for release in 2015 and will once again star Daniel Craig as 007. The actor’s other movie credits include the 2008 remake of Brideshead Revisited, Bright Star and Cloud Atlas.
Whishaw starred in the BBC Two 1950s newsroom drama The Hour opposite Dominic West and Romola Garai. Although The Hour was cancelled by the BBC after two seasons the prospect of a one-off special to tie-up loose ends has been suggested. In 2012 the actor played King Richard II in BBC One‘s The Hollow Crown and his other notable television credits include the critically acclaimed first series of Criminal Justice in 2008.