Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005. She has since worked in film, television, radio and theatre. In 2007 she stood in at short notice for an unwell actress in the Royal Court's production of The Seagull, and appeared in a fundraising play at the Almeida Theatre.
Whittaker's radio credits include a 2008 adaptation of Blinded By The Sun by Stephen Poliakoff, which also starred Harriet Walter and Alex Jenningsand the role of Lydia Bennett in Unseen Austen an original drama by Judith French.
She appears in the film The Kid. In 2009 she worked on the film Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World and the BBC2 drama Royal Wedding.She also co-starred in BBC1's Accused which was aired on 6 December 2010.
Whittaker appeared in Ian Fitzgibbon's 2009 Irish comedy crime film Perrier's Bounty, alongside Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent.
She appears as Viv in the 2011 BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel The Night Watch.
Whittaker is from the village of Skelmanthorpe in Yorkshire. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with the gold medal for acting. She is married to actor Christian Contreras.
Year Film Role Notes
2006 The Afternoon Play Sam TV series (1 episode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds")
Doctors Louise Clancy TV series (1 episode: "Ignorance Is Bliss")
Venus Jessie Nominated—ALFS Award for British Newcomer of the Year
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Dalziel and Pascoe Kirsty Richards TV series (2 episodes)
2007 This Life + 10 Clare TV movie
St Trinian's Beverly
2008 Good Anne
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Izzy Huett TV miniseries
The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Sophie TV movie
Wired Louise Evans TV series (3 episodes)
Consuming Passion Mary Boon TV movie
2009 Mr. Dorothy Mitch's Wife (voice) short film
Svengali Ellie the Barmaid TV movie
White Wedding Rose
Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne Bridget Byrne
Roar Eva short film
Perrier's Bounty Brenda
Wish 143 Maggie short film
St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Beverly
Cranford Peggy Bell TV series (2 episodes)
2010 The Kid Jackie
Royal Wedding Linda TV movie
Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World Noreen Stokes
Accused Emma Croft TV series (1 episode: "Liam's Story")
A Thousand Kisses Deep Mia Selva post-production
2011 Marchlands Ruth Bowen TV series (5 episodes)
Attack the Block Sam
One Day Tilly feature film, released August 2011
The Night Watch Viv TV movie