Cumberbatch at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, September 2011
|Born||Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
19 July 1976
Hammersmith, London, England
|Education||BA in Drama
MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre
|Alma mater||Brambletye School
University of Manchester
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English film, television, theatre and voice actor.
His most acclaimed roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking (2004), Victor Frankenstein and his creature in Danny Boyle's stage adaptation of Frankenstein (2011) at the Royal National Theatre, Sherlock Holmes in the BBC/PBS series Sherlock, Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Christopher Tietjens in the BBC/HBO miniseries Parade's End (2013), Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Smaug the dragon through voice and motion capture in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.
Cumberbatch stars in the upcoming historical drama film, The Imitation Game (2014) as wartime cryptographer Alan Turing. In December 2013, he confirmed his return to theatre to play Shakespeare's Hamlet at London's West End in the autumn of 2014. Cumberbatch is also set to play Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett for the film adaptation of the best-selling book The Lost City of Z to be directed by James Gray.
He has earned an Olivier Award, four BAFTA nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination, among several others. In November 2013, he was honoured by BAFTA Los Angeles with a Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year for his "masterful performances in television, film and theatre."
- 1 Early years
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 In the media
- 5 Charity and social action
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Cumberbatch was born on 19 July 1976 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, London. He grew up in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with his parents, actors Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham. His great-grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch CMG, was the consul general of Queen Victoria in Turkey. His grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a decorated submarine officer of both World Wars and a prominent figure of London high society.
Cumberbatch started attending boarding schools when he was eight. He was educated at Brambletye School in West Sussex and was an arts scholar at Harrow School. He was a member of The Rattigan Society, Harrow's principal club for the dramatic arts which was named after Old Harrovian and playwright Sir Terence Rattigan. He was involved in numerous Shakespearean works in school and made his acting debut as Titania Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was 12. Cumberbatch's drama teacher, Martin Tyrell, called him "the best schoolboy actor" he has ever worked with. He was also part of the rugby team, and painted oil canvasses while at Harrow. After school, he took a gap year to teach English in a Tibetan monastery. He then attended the University of Manchester, where he studied drama. After graduating, Cumberbatch continued his training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Since 2001, Cumberbatch has had major roles in a dozen classic plays at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Almeida Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance as Tesman in Hedda Gabler, a role he performed at the Almeida Theatre on 16 March 2005, as well as at the Duke of York's Theatre when it transferred to the West End on 19 May 2005.
In February 2011, he began playing, on alternate nights, both Victor Frankenstein and his creature, opposite Jonny Lee Miller, in Danny Boyle's stage production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at the Royal National Theatre. Frankenstein was broadcast to cinemas as a part of National Theatre Live in March 2011. Cumberbatch achieved the "Triple Crown of London Theatre" in 2011 when he was awarded the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for his performance in Frankenstein.
He is set to return to theatre to play Shakespeare's Hamlet at London's West End tentatively scheduled in late 2014. It will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and will be produced by Sonia Friedman.
Cumberbatch was a part of a cast featuring Britain's greatest actors that performed in 50 Years on Stage, the Royal National Theatre's landmark event for its 50th anniversary on 2 November 2013. He played Rosencrantz in a selected scene from Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which was first performed at the National Theatre in 1967. The show was directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner and was broadcast on BBC 2 and in cinemas worldwide as a part of National Theatre Live.
Cumberbatch's television roles include two separate guest roles in Heartbeat (2000, 2004), Freddy in Tipping the Velvet (2002), Edward Hand in Cambridge Spies (2003) and Rory in the ITV comedy drama series Fortysomething (2003). He was also featured in Spooks and Silent Witness. In 2004, he starred as Stephen Hawking in Hawking. He was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor and won the Golden Nymph for Television Films – Best Performance by an Actor. He later provided Hawking's voice in the first episode of the television series Curiosity. He also appeared in the BBC miniseries Dunkirk as Lieutenant Jimmy Langley.
In 2005, Cumberbatch starred as the protagonist Edmund Talbot in the miniseries To the Ends of the Earth, based on William Golding's trilogy; during filming he experienced a terrifying carjacking and narrowly escaped. He also made brief appearances in the comedy sketch show Broken News in 2005. Cumberbatch next starred alongside Tom Hardy in the television adaptation of the book Stuart: A Life Backwards, which aired on the BBC in September 2007. In 2008, he starred in the BBC miniseries drama The Last Enemy, for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film.
In 2009, Cumberbatch starred in Marple: Murder Is Easy as Luke Fitzwilliam. He played Bernard in the TV adaptation of Small Island; the performance earned him a nomination for BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in Michael Dobbs' play The Turning Point which aired as one of a series of TV plays broadcast live on Sky Arts channel. The two-hander depicted a little-known October 1938 meeting between Soviet spy Guy Burgess, then a young man working for the BBC, and Winston Churchill. Cumberbatch portrayed Burgess; Churchill was played by Matthew Marsh, who had played a supporting role in Hawking. He narrated the 6-part series South Pacific (US title: Wild Pacific), which aired May to June 2009 on BBC 2.
In 2010, Cumberbatch portrayed Vincent van Gogh in Van Gogh: Painted with Words. The Telegraph called his performance "[a] treat ... vividly bringing Van Gogh to impassioned, blue-eyed life." In the same year, Cumberbatch began playing Sherlock Holmes in the first series of the BBC television programme Sherlock, to critical acclaim. A second three-part series began on New Years Day 2012 in England and was broadcast on PBS in the United States in May 2012. He was nominated for a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Actor in Miniseries or TV Movie for the part. In 2012, he led the BBC and HBO co-produced miniseries Parade's End with Rebecca Hall. It is an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. Its five episodes are directed by Susanna White and are adapted by Tom Stoppard.
In 2006, Cumberbatch played William Pitt the Younger in Amazing Grace. The film is the story of William Wilberforce's intense and lengthy political fight in the late 18th century to eliminate the slave trade in the British Empire. Pitt was Wilberforce's closest friend and staunchest political ally, and became Prime Minister at an early age. The role garnered Cumberbatch a nomination for the London Film Critics Circle British Breakthrough Acting Award. Cumberbatch subsequently appeared in supporting roles in Atonement (2007) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). In 2009, he appeared in the Darwin biographical film Creation as Darwin's friend Joseph Hooker. In 2010, he appeared in The Whistleblower.
He played Peter Guillam, George Smiley's right-hand man, in the 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The film was directed by Tomas Alfredson and starred Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. Cumberbatch also portrayed Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg's War Horse (2011). He provided the voice and motion-capture for both Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer in The Hobbit (2012). Cumberbatch also played Khan Noonien Singh in the J. J. Abrams-directed Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
Three of the four films he starred in in the second half of 2013 premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival: The Fifth Estate, where he played WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 12 Years a Slave, where he played William Ford, a slave owner, and August: Osage County, where his character was Little Charles Aiken, the bullied member of the family. In December of the same year, he reprised his role as Smaug the dragon and the The Necromancer through voice and motion capture for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
It was reported in June 2013 that Gary Oldman is eyeing Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes to star in his next directorial project titled Flying Horse about the life of English photographer Eadweard Muybridge. In September 2013, Cumberbatch expressed his intent in joining the project. He has also signed up for a voice role in DreamWorks Animation's feature film Penguins of Madagascar, which is set for release in March 2015.
He will star in the upcoming historical drama film The Imitation Game as British cryptographer Alan Turing, which is set for release on 2014. In September 2013, he officially signed on as the lead in Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment's adaptation of the best-selling book The Lost City of Z about the South American explorer Percy Fawcett to be directed by James Gray.
Cumberbatch has repeatedly expressed his adoration for radio and has done numerous productions for the BBC. In 2013, he told Interview Magazine that he has always been attracted to the extent of textual and contextual analysis involved in radio.
Amongst his most notable radio works is the adaptation of John Mortimer's novel Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders in 2009. Cumberbatch played Young Rumpole, and would go on to play the part in six more adaptations of Mortimer's work. Cumberbatch also plays Captain Martin Crieff in the BBC's Cabin Pressure. He then went on to play The Angel Islington in the 2013 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Most recently, he led the BBC Radio 3 adaptation of Michael Frayn's play Copenhagen wherein he played theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg.
In 2013, Cumberbatch together with his best friend Adam Ackland, writer-director Patrick "P-Nut" Monroe, action coordinator Ben Dillon, and production manager Adam Selves formally launched their production company SunnyMarch Ltd. Their first project under the company's banner was the £87,000 crowd-funded short film Little Favour starring Cumberbatch and written and directed by Monroe. The 30-minute action-thriller short film became internationally available on iTunes on November 5, 2013.
Cumberbatch has narrated numerous documentaries for both the National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He has also read for several audiobooks, including Casanova, The Tempest, The Making of Music, Death in a White Tie, Artists in Crime, and Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories. He does the voice overs of several commercials, major names like Jaguar, Sony, Pimms, and Google+ doing the Seven Ages of Man monologue. For the 2012 London Olympics, he did a short film on the history of London for the BBC coverage to kick off the opening ceremony. He made appearances for two Cheltenham Festivals, in July 2012 for Music wherein he read WWI poetry and prose accompanied by piano pieces and in October 2012 for Literature wherein he discussed Sherlock and Parade's End at The Centaur. In 2012, the actor lent his voice to a four-part, spoken-word track titled 'Flat of Angles' for Late Night Tales which is based on a story written by author and poet Simon Cleary.
In 1999, Cumberbatch began dating actress Olivia Poulet, whom he met at university. The couple amicably broke up after 12 years together. After Poulet, Cumberbatch had a relationship with London-based artist Anna James but has since remained unattached. It was reiterated in a December 2013 cover story by British GQ that Cumberbatch is still single.
While in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 2005, Cumberbatch and two of his friends were abducted overnight and held at gunpoint by a group of locals. He was yanked out of the car, his limbs were tied, and he was thrown into the boot. In the end, their abductors drove them into the middle of nowhere and set them free without any explanation. Cumberbatch said of the incident: "It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It's made me want to live a life less ordinary."
In the media
Despite being an acclaimed actor for years, Cumberbatch did not achieve mainstream recognition until the first season of Sherlock in 2010. He has since been called "The Thinking Woman's Crumpet" and has been a mainstay in numerous "Sexiest Man Alive" lists including that of Empire and People magazine. In 2013, he appeared on the covers of Time and The Hollywood Reporter's "New A-list" issue. Director Susanna White, who worked with Cumberbatch on Parade's End, and Sherlock writer Steven Moffat have both described him as one of the finest actors of his generation.
Even without an official website, Twitter or Facebook account, Cumberbatch has a noted internet presence and has been the subject of numerous internet memes. He is also the focus of several fan fiction and fan art, especially by his following in East Asia. In November 2013, Foreign Policy Magazine reported that in China, Cumberbatch is the reason why a new wave of Chinese viewers have turned to British television. His Chinese fans call him "Curly Fu", ‘Curly' describes Cumberbatch's hairstyle, while 'Fu' is a shortened Chinese transliteration of 'Holmes'.
Cumberbatch is known to be very protective of his private life and privileged upbringing. In 2012, he described a cyberstalking incident where he discovered that someone had been live-tweeting his movements in his London home. Coming to terms with it, he says, is "an ongoing process. To think that somebody knew everything I'd done in a day and told the rest of the world in real time!" When asked to name the most maddening misconception about him, he said to The Guardian, "I think the Daily Mail has covered just about every one of them."
Cumberbatch is an ambassador of The Prince's Trust, a charity founded by Charles, Prince of Wales that aims to help disadvantaged young people of the UK. He is a supporter of Dramatic Need, a charity that promotes creative expression as a tool for conflict resolution, social development, gender empowerment and the assimilation of health messages in underprivileged communities. Cumberbatch helped in launching the now annual London Night Hike for Maggie's Centres, a network of drop-in centres in Great Britain that provide support for people affected by cancer, their families, carers and friends. He is a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust and Myeloma UK among others. Cumberbatch is also known for donating his own drawings and sketches for charities and fundraisers.
In 2003, he joined the Stop the War Coalition protest in London against the Iraq War. He addressed a mass rally in 2010 sponsored by the Trade Union Congress in Westminster about the risks of spending cuts in the arts as expected in the Spending Review. In 2013, he single-handedly protested against the UK government's civil liberties violations. He is a supporter of Liberty, formerly known as National Council for Civil Liberties, a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.
|2002||Tipping the Velvet||Freddy||Miniseries|
|2002||Silent Witness||Warren Reid||2 episodes|
|2003||Cambridge Spies||Edward Hand||Miniseries|
|2003||Spooks||Jim North||1 episode|
|2003||Fortysomething||Rory Slippery||6 episodes|
|2004||Dunkirk||Lt. Jimmy Langley||Documentary|
|2004||Heartbeat||Toby Fisher||1 episode|
|2005||Nathan Barley||Robin||2 episodes|
|2005||To the Ends of the Earth||Edmund Talbot||3 episodes|
|2005||Broken News||Will Parker||3 episodes|
|2005||The Man Who Predicted 9/11||Narrator||Documentary|
|2008||Last Enemy, TheThe Last Enemy||Stephen Ezard||5 episodes|
|2008||Picture This||Narrator||Documentary; 3 episodes|
|2009||Small Island||Bernard||TV film|
|2009||South Pacific||Narrator||Documentary; 6 episodes|
|2010||The Turning Point||Guy Burgess||TV Theatre Live|
|2010||Rattigan Enigma by Benedict Cumberbatch, TheThe Rattigan Enigma by Benedict Cumberbatch||Presenter||Documentary|
|2010||Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking||Narrator||Documentary; 3 episodes|
|2010–present||Sherlock||Sherlock Holmes||6 episodes|
|2012||Stephen Hawking's Grand Design||Narrator||Documentary; 3 episodes|
|2012||Parade's End||Christopher Tietjens||5 episodes|
|2013||The Simpsons||British Prime Minister / Severus Snape (voices)||Episode "Love is a Many-Splintered Thing"|
|2013||Top Gear||Himself||Series 20, Episode 3|
|2004||Raj Quartet, TheThe Raj Quartet||Nigel Rowan||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||Kepler||Johannes Kepler||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||Recruiting Officer, TheThe Recruiting Officer||Worthy||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||Odyssey, TheThe Odyssey||Telemachus||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||Biggest Secret, TheThe Biggest Secret||Captain Rob Collins||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||Far Side of the World, TheThe Far Side of the World||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||Surgeons Mate, TheThe Surgeons Mate||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2004||Mr. Norris Changes Trains||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||Le Pere Goriot||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||Seven Women||Tovey||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||Medical Humanities: Baptism by Rotation||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||Fieldstudy: The Field||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||Cocktail Party, TheThe Cocktail Party||Peter Quilpe||BBC Radio 4|
|2006||Possessed, TheThe Possessed||Nikolai Stavrogin||BBC Radio 3|
|2008||Pillow Book, TheThe Pillow Book||Tadanobu||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Blake 7 The Early Years||Townsend|
|2008||Last Days of Grace, TheThe Last Days of Grace||GF||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||At War with Wellington||Duke of Wellington||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Chatterton: The Allington Solution||Thomas Chatterton||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Spellbound||Dr Murchison||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Rainy Season||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Tiger's Tale, TheThe Tiger's Tale||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Words and Music: Italian Fantasy||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Doctor Who: Forty-Five||Howard Carter
|2008–present||Cabin Pressure||Capt. Martin Crieff||BBC Radio 4|
|Metamorphosis||Narrator||BBC Radio 7|
|2009||Good Evening||Dudley Moore||BBC Radio 4|
|2009||Little Red Hen||Narrator||Ladybird|
|2009||Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders||Young Rumpole||BBC Radio 4|
|2010||Rumpole and the Family Pride||Young Rumpole||BBC Radio 4|
|2010||Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle||Young Rumpole||BBC Radio 4|
|2010||Words for You: The Next Chapter||Narrator|
|2011||Tom and Viv||T. S. Eliot||BBC Radio 7|
|2012||Rumpole and the Man of God||Young Rumpole||BBC Radio 4|
|2012||Rumpole and the Explosive Evidence||Young Rumpole||BBC Radio 4|
|2012||Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail||Young Rumpole||BBC Radio 4|
|2012||Rumpole and the Expert Witness||Young Rumpole||BBC Radio 4|
|2013||Copenhagen||Werner Heisenberg||BBC Radio 3|
|2013||Neverwhere||Angel Islington||BBC Radio 4|
|2011||Nightjar, TheThe Nightjar||Narrator||Voice|
|2006||Casanova||"Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova"||Narrator|
|2012||Late Night Tales: Friendly Fires||"Flat of Angles (Part 1)"||Spoken word|
|2013||Late Night Tales: Röyksopp||"Flat of Angles (Part 2)"||Spoken word|
|2013||Late Night Tales: Bonobo||"Flat of Angles (Part 3)"||Spoken word|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Ian Charleson Awards – Best Classical Stage Performance||Love's Labor Lost||Nominated|
|2005||Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role||Hedda Gabler||Nominated|
|2005||Ian Charleson Awards – Best Classical Stage Performance||Hedda Gabler||Won|
|2010||Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Best Actor||After the Dance||Nominated|
|2011||Whatsonstage.com Awards – Best Actor in a Play||After the Dance||Nominated|
|2011||Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Best Actor (with Jonny Lee Miller)||Frankenstein||Won|
|2012||Olivier Award for Best Actor (with Jonny Lee Miller)||Frankenstein||Won|
|2012||Critics' Circle Theatre Awards – Best Actor||Frankenstein||Won|
|2006||London Film Critics Circle Award for British Breakthrough||Amazing Grace||Nominated|
|2011||British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Nominated|
|2011||Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Nominated|
|2011||Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Won|
|2011||Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Won|
|2011||YouMovie Award for Best Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Won|
|2012||YouMovie Award for Best Supporting Actor||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Nominated|
|2012||Italian Online Film Actors & Dubbers Award for Best Foreign Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Won|
|2013||Hollywood Film Festival- Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award||August:Osage County||Won|
|2011||GQ UK magazine Actor of the Year|
|2013||BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year|
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- "The Britannia Awards: Benedict Cumberbatch" (Press release). BAFTA Los Angeles. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
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- "Mum and dad Wanda Ventham, well know actress of television, and her husband Tim Carlton an actor, show off their newborn baby son. Benedict (Cumberbatch)". Mirrorpix. 22 July 1976. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- Boshoff, Alison (29 March 2013). "Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of why he's so shy about his illustrious looks". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- "The Park – History of the House". Harrow School.
- "Senior Verse Speaking Competition". Brambletye School. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
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- (Press release). BBC. 19 May 2005 releases/stories/2005/05_may/19/earth5.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/press releases/stories/2005/05_may/19/earth5.shtml. "When I heard about the gap year of teaching English at a Tibetan monastery, I knew I had to do something about it really quickly otherwise it was going to get allocated... I worked for six months to drum up the finance as it was voluntary — there was no income. I worked in Penhaligon's the perfumery for almost five months and I did waiting jobs... The monastery was a fantastic experience; you lived your life by very limited means, although you were given board and lodgings." Missing or empty
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- "Frankenstein". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
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- "Frankenstein – Productions". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- Movies - National Theatre Live: 50 Years On Stage
- 50th Anniversary | National Theatre | South Bank, London
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- "Parade's End". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
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- "Cheltenham Music Festival". Cheltenham Festivals. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
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- Love Anna
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- "Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres: Our vision and purpose". Maggiescentres.org. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
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