Benedict Cumberbatch Biography |
  • Benedict Cumberbatch Biography

    Born: July 19, 1976 in London, England, UK

    BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH is best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in Steven Moffat and Mark Gattiss’ BBC adaptation of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels. It is a role that has earned him international acclaim and several awards, including two BAFTA nominations and a BAFTA Audience TV Award nomination for Best Actor. Most recently on film he portrayed Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of “War Horse” and Peter Guillam alongside Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth in Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” In 2011, Cumberbatch returned to the National Theatre, alternating the roles of The Creature and Dr. Frankenstein in Danny Boyle’s stage production of “Frankenstein” earning him a shared (with co-star Jonny Lee Miller) Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor.

    Cumberbatch studied drama at University of Manchester before training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Early television roles include “Tipping the Velvet,” “Silent Witness,” “Nathan Barley,” “MI-5,” “Dunkirk,” “To the Ends of the Earth” and “The Last Enemy.” However, it was his powerful portrayal of Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge Cosmologist, in the BBC’s highly acclaimed drama “Hawking” that brought him to the attention of an international audience and earned him his first BAFTA nomination. His second BAFTA nomination came in 2010 for his portrayal of Bernard in the BBC adaptation of “Small Island.”

    Cumberbatch’s film work includes “Starter for 10,” “Amazing Grace,” “Third Star,” “Wreckers,” “Stuart: A Life Backwards,” “The Other Boleyn Girl” and the dastardly Paul Marshall in Joe Wright’s Oscar®-winning “Atonement.”

    On stage there have been two seasons in Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park with The New Shakespeare Company, Lyngstrand in Trevor Nunn’s production of “Lady from the Sea”; George in Tennessee Williams’ “Period of Adjustment”; Tesman in Richard Eyre’s West End ensemble production of “Hedda Gabbler,” for which he received an Olivier Award nomination and the Ian Charleson Award; Berenger in Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros”; Eisenring in “The Arsonists”; and “The City” at the Royal Court Theatre. In 2010, he took on the role of David Scott-Fowler in “After the Dance,” the award-winning revival of Terrence Rattigan’s play at the National Theatre directed by Thea Sharrock.

    Cumberbatch recently starred in the BBC/HBO drama “Parade’s End.” Last year, he played the role of the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” Recently he was seen on the big screen as the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Later this autumn he will star as “Little” Charles Aiken in “August: Osage County” alongside Meryl Streep, and in “12 Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen. A third series of “Sherlock” is in production for 2014.

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