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Ben Whishaw cast as lead in new BBC gay spy drama

Joseph McCormick September 18, 2014
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Out film actor Ben Whishaw has been cast as the lead in an upcoming BBC spy drama ‘London Spy’.

The 33-year-old, known for appearing as Q in the latest James Bond films, will play Danny in the drama series, described as “beautifully written”, by a BBC drama commissioner.

Written by gay writer Tom Rob Smith, and will follow Whishaw’s character, who is described as “a gregarious, hedonistic, but ill-equipped spy”.

Danny falls in love with Alex, described as “anti-social and enigmatic,” but who later goes missing forcing Danny to attempt to find him.

On the casting announcement, Smith 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.”

The five-part series will begin filming next month, and further casting details will follow.

Related topics: BBC, ben whishaw, James Bond, london spy, tom rob smith

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