Ben Whishaw: 'I feel I'm always in the dark' – interview

From Hamlet to Skyfall, The Hour to Cloud Atlas, Ben Whishaw's success and versatility are in no doubt. Yet, as he takes on a new role in Peter and Alice opposite his heroine, Judi Dench, he reveals that he is still unsure of himself

Ben Whishaw has just walked into the Jerwood Space – where he has been rehearsing. Slight and boyish, he is wearing a shirt and T-shirt in jostling colours – plum reds and pinks – as if he has grabbed the first clothes he could find. He certainly does not look as if he has spent hours communing with his mirror. Like Hamlet – the part in which, at 23, he made his name in Trevor Nunn's production – there is distraction in his aspect. When he talks, he has a way of tugging at his hair – as if trying to pull it out. There is a sweetness in him too – evident straight away.
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