|Born||Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
19 July 1976
Hammersmith, London, England
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Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (19 July 1976) is an English film, television, theatre and voice actor.
Cumberbatch's first West End theatre performance was for Sir Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler as George Tesman in 2005. Since then, he has headlined Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance (2010) and Danny Boyle's Frankenstein (2011). His first starring role on television was as the title character in Hawking in 2004. He has portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the television series Sherlock since 2010 and has led the ensemble cast of Sir Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Parade's End in 2012. His first major film role was William Pitt the Younger in Amazing Grace in 2006. He has also appeared in the films Atonement (2007), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and Steven Spielberg's War Horse (2011). Since 2012, he has portrayed the characters of Smaug and the Necromancer through voice and motion capture in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. In 2013, he starred in films Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, and August: Osage County.
He has received two Olivier Award nominations winning one for Best Actor, four BAFTA nominations, two Emmy Award nominations, two SAG 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."
Cumberbatch was born on 19 July 1976 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, London, to actors Timothy Carlton (real name Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham. He grew up in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 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 had 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. This transfer also marked Cumberbatch's first West End theatre appearance.
In June 2010, he led the revival of Terence Rattigan's After the Dance directed by Thea Sharrock at the Royal National Theatre. He played 1920's aristocrat David Scott-Fowler to commercial and critical success. The play eventually won four Olivier Awards including Best Revival.
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.
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 Two and in cinemas worldwide as a part of National Theatre Live.
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'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/PBS television series Sherlock, to critical acclaim. A second three-part series began on New Years Day 2012 in the United Kingdom and was broadcast on PBS in the United States in May 2012. A third series was broadcast in the United Kingdom in January 2014. Cumberbatch 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. His performance earned him his second Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor in Miniseries or TV Movie.
In 2006, Cumberbatch played William Pitt the Younger in Amazing Grace. 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 alongside Rachel Weisz.
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 Jamie Stewart in Steven Spielberg's War Horse in 2011 with Tom Hiddleston and Patrick Kennedy.
In 2012, he provided the voice and motion-capture for both Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer in An Unexpected Journey, the first installment of The Hobbit film series based on the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. In December 2013, he reprised his role as Smaug and The Necromancer for The Desolation of Smaug and will again for the final film of the series in There and Back Again in 2014. For the motion-capture aspect of the films, Cumberbatch had to use a suit and facial markers to obtain the dragon's expressions and movements. Cumberbatch told Total Film "You just have to lose your shit on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building. It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors."
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 Prince Ford, a slave owner, and August: Osage County, playing Oklahoman Charles Aiken. For the film, he recorded a song titled "Can't Keep it Inside" for the official soundtrack.
In January 2014, Gary Oldman confirmed that Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes and Amanda Seyfried are on board to star in his next directorial project titled Flying Horse about the life of English photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Cumberbatch 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.
Cumberbatch 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 replaced Brad Pitt 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. The film will be directed by James Gray and is set to shoot in the summer of 2014. Cumberbatch has also signed up for new thriller Blood Mountain, directed by Sergei Bodrov. Principal photography is set to begin in April 2014 in Morocco.
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 Angel Islington in the 2013 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. In the same year, he led the BBC Radio 3 adaptation of Michael Frayn's play Copenhagen wherein he played theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg.
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.
Cumberbatch, with best friend Adam Ackland, writer-director Patrick Monroe, action coordinator Ben Dillon, and production manager Adam Selves, launched a production company, SunnyMarch Ltd. in late 2013. 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.
In the media
Cumberbatch did not achieve international 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 GQ, Time and The Hollywood Reporter's "New A-list" issue.
British magazine Tatler listed Cumberbatch in the "Most Eligible Bachelors in the United Kingdom" in 2012. In 2013, he ranked fifth place in the "Most Fascinating People in Britain" list of Tatler, ranking higher than the Duchess of Cambridge and just below Queen Elizabeth II. In 2014, he was included in GQ's "100 Most Connected Men in the UK", and has been repeatedly described by the UK press as a "National Treasure."
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 said, it 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!"
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 dated London-based artist Anna James in 2011 but separated a year later.
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. In the end, their abductors drove them into unsettled country 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."
Cumberbatch is an ambassador of The Prince's Trust, a charity that aims to help disadvantaged young people of the UK. In addition, he is a patron of Odd Arts, a foundation which aims to use a variety of arts disciplines to change the lives of vulnerable people, including performing arts, visual arts, music, dance and mixed mediums. Cumberbatch has donated his own drawings and sketches for charities and fundraisers. Since playing Stephen Hawking in 2004, he has been an active supporter and patron of Motor Neurone Disease Association.
In 2003, he joined the Stop the War Coalition protest in London against the Iraq War. He addressed activists in 2010 protest sponsored by the Trade Union Congress in Westminster on the suggested risks to the arts due to spending cuts expected in the Spending Review. In 2013, he protested against what he perceived were civil liberity violations by the UK Government.
Cumberbatch is a straight ally and in July 2013 officiated the same-sex marriage of his friends. For International Women's Day 2014, he is one of the artist signatories of Amnesty International's letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron campaigning for women's rights in Afghanistan.
Awards and nominations
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- "Masterpiece Theatre | Interviews with the Cast". PBS. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "Benedict Cumberbatch plays Edmund Talbot" (Press release). BBC. 19 May 2005. "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."
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- After the Dance, the awards: Terence Rattigan play wins four Oliviers | Stage | The Guardian
- The Stage / Reviews / After the Dance
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- "The Children's Monologues". Dramaticneed.org. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- "Frankenstein". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
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- Movies – National Theatre Live: 50 Years On Stage
- 50th Anniversary | National Theatre | South Bank, London
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- Dobbs, Michael (12 August 2009). "The Day Churchill Met Traitor Guy Burgess". Daily Express (London). Retrieved 22 September 2011.
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- Masterpiece | Classic | PBS
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- "Parade's End". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- Goldberg, Lesley (3 June 2011). "HBO Back in War Business With 'Parade's End'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- Benedict Cumberbatch on Sesame Street: Sherlock Star Talks to Muppets | TIME.com
- "Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy". 16 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
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- Amanda Seyfriend Joins 'Flying Horse,' But Gary Oldman Says The Film Still Needs Financing | The Playlist
- Gary Oldman Prepares Flying Horse | Movie News | Empire
- Gary Oldman to Direct Benedict Cumberbatch & Ralph Fiennes in ‘Flying Horse’?
- Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich Join 'Penguins of Madagascar' (Exclusive) – TheWrap
- Harvey Weinstein Pays Record $7 Million For 'Imitation Game' Movie
- Toronto: Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In 'Lost City Of Z' For James Gray - Deadline.com
- Megan Ellison’s Panorama Media Hits AFM With ‘Zombies,’ ‘Zookeeper’s’ and ‘City of Z’ | Variety
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- Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch joins Friendly Fires for Late Night Tales | News | NME.COM
- Actor Benedict Cumberbatch Narrates ‘Jerusalem,’ New Theatrical Release from National Geographic Cinema Ventures – National Geographic Society Press Room
- Benedict Cumberbatch-voiced film "Jerusalem:" Inside the making of the IMAX movie - CBS News
- "Mission Digital - Little Favour". Mission Digital. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- Benedict Cumberbatch: the fabulous Baker Street boy | The Sunday Times
- Sherlock: how it became a global phenomenon – Telegraph
- What’s not to love about Benedict Cumberbatch? | The Times
- Sexiest Man Alive 2013: Henry Cavill, Andrew Garfield, Sam Claflin Photos : People.com
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- Shinan Govani: Tapping Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch, the Titans of TIFF | National Post
- Benedict Cumberbatch's Russian GQ Cover Is Predictably Hot (PHOTO)
- TIME Puts Benedict Cumberbatch on Its International Cover | TIME.com
- The most eligible men and women in Britain? - Telegraph
- Clare Balding beats all Royals to claim 'most fascinating person in Britain' title - Telegraph
- Ed Miliband fails to make UK's 100 most connected - but his brother does | UK news | theguardian.com
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review | Entertainment Focus
- Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Out The Lyrics To R.Kelly's 'Genius' (VIDEO)
- Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is cyberstalked – Telegraph
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- Benedict Cumberbatch Can Now Pronounce You Man and Wife – The Hollywood Reporter
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