Ben Whishaw cast as lead in new BBC gay spy drama
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.