Benedict Cumberbatch

45, from London, England, UK

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Biography

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor. Known for his roles on the screen and stage, he has received various accolades throughout his career, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a British Academy Television Award, and a Laurence Olivier Award. Cumberbatch won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Frankenstein and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Sherlock. His performances in the dramas The Imitation Game (2014) and The Power of the Dog (2021) earned him nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award, all for Best Actor in a Leading Role. For playing the title role in five-part drama miniseries Patrick Melrose, he won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 2014 Time magazine included him in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2015 he was appointed a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to the performing arts and to charity. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, Cumberbatch continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting. He first performed at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in Shakespearean productions and made his West End debut in Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler in 2005. Since then, he has starred in the Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance (2010) and Frankenstein (2011). In 2015, he played the title role in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre.

Cumberbatch's television work includes his performance as Stephen Hawking in the television film Hawking in 2004. He gained worldwide recognition for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock from 2010 to 2017. He has also headlined Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Parade's End (2012), The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Patrick Melrose (2018), and Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019). In films, Cumberbatch has starred in Amazing Grace (2006) as William Pitt the Younger, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) as Khan, 12 Years a Slave (2013) as William Prince Ford, The Fifth Estate (2013) as Julian Assange, and The Imitation Game (2014) as Alan Turing. He also acted in the historical dramas The Current War (2017), 1917 (2019) and The Courier (2020), and received critical acclaim for his performance in Jane Campion's Western drama The Power of the Dog (2021). From 2012 to 2014, through voice and motion capture, he played the characters of Smaug and Sauron in The Hobbit film series. Cumberbatch portrays Dr. Stephen Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with Doctor Strange (2016), and also voiced the character in the animated series What If...? (2021).

Timeline

2022Aged 46

2021Aged 45

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    Greville Wynne

  • Poster for Letters Live from the Archive: Union Chapel

    Self

  • Poster for Antarctica

    Self - Narrator

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    Louis Wain

  • Poster for Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special

    Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange (voice) (archive footage)

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    Phil Burbank

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    Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange

2020Aged 44

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    Self

2019Aged 43

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    Dominic Cummings

  • Poster for Avengers: Endgame

    Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange

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    Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Daddy (voice)

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    Colonel MacKenzie

2018Aged 42

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    Thomas Edison

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    Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange

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    Stephen Lewis

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    Grinch (voice)

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    Grinch (voix)

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    Shere Khan

2017Aged 41

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    Narrator (voice)

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    Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange

2016Aged 40

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    Sherlock Holmes

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    Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange

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2015Aged 39

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    Hamlet

2014Aged 38

  • Unlocking Sherlock

    Himself / Sherlock Holmes

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  • Poster for The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Search and Rescue

    Agent Classified

  • Poster for The Imitation Game

    Alan Turing

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    Classified (voice)

  • Poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Smaug / Necromancer (voice)

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    Man at Costume Party

2013Aged 37

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    Narrator

  • Poster for Star Trek Into Darkness

    Khan Noonien Singh

  • Poster for The Fifth Estate

    Julian Assange

  • Poster for 12 Years a Slave

    William Ford

  • Poster for National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage

    Rosencrantz

  • Poster for Little Favour

    Wallace

  • Poster for Jerusalem

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Smaug / Necromancer

  • Poster for Walking with Dinosaurs

    narration

  • Poster for Sherlock: Many Happy Returns

    Sherlock Holmes

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    Little Charles Aiken

2012Aged 36

2011Aged 35

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    The Creature / Victor Frankenstein

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    Peter Guillam

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    David

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    Maj. Jamie Stewart

2010Aged 34

  • Burlesque Fairytales

    Henry Clark

  • Poster for Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Hawking

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    Vincent Van Gogh

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    The Negotiator

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    James

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    Himself

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2009Aged 33

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    Guy Burgess

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2008Aged 32

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    William Carey

2007Aged 31

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2006Aged 30

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2005Aged 29

2004Aged 28

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    Stephen Hawking

2003Aged 27

  • Poster for To Kill a King

    Royalist

2002Aged 26

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