Ben Whishaw Dedicates Golden Globe To Queer Defiance: Norman Scott ‘Is A True Queer Hero And Icon’

Ben Whishaw won the 2019 Golden Globe Award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture for his portrayal of Norman Josiffe in BBC’s A Very English Scandal.

“Wow, thank you so much, Hollywood Foreign Press,” Whishaw, 38, said. “I want to thank [director] Stephen Frears. What a legend. Thank you. I want to thank the BBC for continuing to make idiosyncratic and powerful work and for employing me again and again, thank you.”

Whishaw went on to thank his co-star Hugh Grant, saying, “I have to thank Hugh Grant above all, for such an exquisite performance. It was amazing to watch you do that.”

“There’s one person I really, really want to dedicate this award to and it’s the man I had the privilege to portray in this show, Norman Scott, who took on the establishment with courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring,” Whishaw said. “He is a true queer hero and icon.”

Norman Scott (left), Ben Whishaw (right)

Whishaw, who also stars in Mary Poppins Returns, portrays Norman Josiffe, otherwise known as Norman Scott, a former stable hand and model who claimed to have had an affair with British politician Jeremy Thorpe and that Thorpe had planned to kill him. The claims ruined Thorpe’s political career.