Ben Whishaw to Star Alongside Hugh Grant in 'A Very English Scandal'

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Ben Whishaw

The 007 star will appear in the BBC's real-life drama, being directed by Stephen Frears and based on the best-selling book.

Ben Whishaw is set to appear opposite Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal, the upcoming three-part TV drama from the BBC.

The James Bond and Paddington star will play Norman Scott, the former lover of disgraced politician Jeremy Thorpe (Grant) in the real-life story, based on the book by John Preston.

Stephen Frears is directing A Very English Scandal, being written by Russell T Davies. Exec producers are Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin for Blueprint Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC, with Dan Winch producing. 

"It’s a dream come true, to work with Ben," said Davies. "One of Britain’s finest actors playing one of history’s most fascinating men."

The casting news was revealed by Davies on the third day of the Edinburgh TV Festival on Friday.