We spy sexy

Ben Whishaw in “London Spy” is the queer, sensitive leading man we’ve been waiting for

Attention thriller fans who take their spies sexy: the BBC series London Spy, now streaming on Netflix, delivers the goods, and with a very queer twist.

A mix of espionage intrigue and steamy relationship drama, London Spy casts openly actor Ben Whishaw (best known as Q in the James Bond reboot series that began with Casino Royale) as Daniel, a seriously hard-partying London gay boy who falls for a hunky hacker named Alex (actor Edward Holcroft, looking like a lot like Chris Evans…seriously). After an intense eight-month romance, Alex goes missing, and Danny becomes obsessed with finding his whereabouts and must grow up fast in the process and stay away from the temptations of his past that keep resurfacing. (More of the plot we’ll not share here.) As Danny, Whishaw plays up the sensitive side of the character without backing down to his enemies one inch. Never super butch or super femme either, Danny reads like a thoughtful, multi-faceted ordinary kid pressed into a challenging situation he’d never imagined.

Whishaw has never been better than in London Spy, a mix of adorkable and sleepless twink. (Fortunately the show also gives him plenty of opportunity to get naked). Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent rounds out the cast as Danny’s stalwart but sensitive mentor Scottie, and frankly should have won an Emmy for his performance as a world-weary who finds strength in and inspiration from his younger friend’s fearlesness.