Benjamin John Whishaw (born 14 October 1980) is an English actor. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Whishaw has garnered acclaim for his film, television, and theatre work. After winning a British Independent Film Award for his performance in My Brother Tom (2001), Whishaw garnered acclaim portraying the title role in a 2004 production of Hamlet , receiving an Olivier Award nomination. This was followed by television roles in Nathan Barley (2005), Criminal Justice (2008) and The Hour (2011-12) and film roles in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), I'm Not There (2007), Brideshead Revisited (2008) and Bright Star (2009). For Criminal Justice, Whishaw received an International Emmy Award and received his first BAFTA Award nomination.
Ben is frequently used as a shortened version of the given names Benjamin or Benedict, and is also a very common given name in its own right.
Ben Boulware is an American football player from Scott Anderson that plays as an inside linebacker for the Clemson Tigers football team.