First Look: London Spy’s Ben Whishaw!


London Spy is a five-part miniseries created by Tom Rob Smith, writer of the bestselling novel Child 44 and directed by The Fall’s Jakob Verbruggen.

In London Spy, Danny, a young man who is part of the club scene, falls for Alex – who just might be his soul mate. When Alex is found dead, Danny suddenly finds himself in a world in which he is ill-equipped to survive.

London Spy will run on BBC America later this year. Check out the first photo of Ben Whishaw as Danny after the jump.

LONDON SPY Ben Whishaw


BBC AMERICA today released a first-look picture of Ben Whishaw (The Hour, Skyfall, Bright Star) in five-part miniseries London Spy. Created by acclaimed best-selling author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44) and directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge), the original miniseries is a BBC AMERICA and BBC Two co-production and is produced by Working Title Television.

London Spy is a gripping, contemporary, emotional thriller – the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds – one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Danny (Whishaw) – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex. Just as the two of them realize that they’re perfect for each other, Alex is found dead. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.

The cast includes Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Harry Potter), Emmy-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling OBE (Broadchurch, Restless), and newcomer Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall, Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Alex.

Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning Child 44 trilogy was an international publishing sensation and has been turned into a movie with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, produced by Ridley Scott, scheduled for release in April 2015.

London Spy will premiere in the US on BBC AMERICA in 2015.

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