Benedict Cumberbatch

  • 03 February 2009

Date of birth

19th July, 1976







Benedict Cumberbatch (born 19.07.1976)
Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series 'Sherlock', Peter Guillam in the movie 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and Stephen Hawking in BBC biopic 'Hawking'.

Childhood: Benedict Cumberbatch was born in London. His parents are actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. He attended Brambletye School in West Sussex and obtained a scholarship for Harrow School. It was there he embarked on his acting career and appeared in several plays. He also enjoyed rugby and painting oil canvasses at the school. Before attending the University of Manchester to study drama, he took a gap year in Tibet where he taught English at a monastery. When he graduated, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Acting Career: Benedict Cumberbatch has been in several classic plays in various London theatres; notable appearances include his role as Tesman in Hedda Gabler and as Victor Frankenstein and his creature in 'Frankenstein'. In 2000, he made his television debut on 'Heartbeat' and later appeared in 'Tipping the Velvet', 'Cambridge Spies', 'Fortysomething', 'Spooks' and 'Silent Witness'. His breakthrough came with BBC film 'Hawking' in 2004 which earned him a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Actor. His non-television movie roles include William Pitt the Younger in 2006's 'Amazing Grace', the villainous Paul Marshall in 'Atonement', Williams Carey in2008's 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and of course Peter Guillam in the Academy Award winning 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'. In 2012, he portrayed Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer in the first two instalments of the new Peter Jackson trilogy of 'The Hobbit'. He is also set to star in the new sci-fi flick 'Star Trek into Darkness'.

Personal Life: Benedict Cumberbatch was previously in a 12 year long relationship with TV actress Olivia Poulet before splitting in 2011.

Benedict Cumberbatch Calls The Moment He Foiled A Robbery 'A Bit Foolhardy'

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 September 2018

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His modesty on this subject is unparalleled Britishness.

Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' this week and finally opened up about that fateful evening in 2017 which saw him rescue a delivery cyclist from an aggressive mugging on the streets of London, not far away from his famous TV character's home on Baker Street.

Image caption Benedict Cumberbatch at the Emmy Awards

The 'Sherlock' star admitted that he felt 'weird' talking about the whole situation because of how it's been blown out of proportion in the press. According to him, there was nothing heroic about his getting out of a taxi to rescue the victim - but even with his downplaying the scene, we're still impressed.

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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch at the 70th annual Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. This year's big winners were 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' and 'American Crime Story' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 17th September 2018

Jamie Oliver And 8 Other Celebrities Who Risked Their Lives In The Name Of Heroism

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 September 2018

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These screen heroes became real life heroes when they put their lives on the line.

It's impressive enough when ordinary civilians put themselves on the front line in a dangerous situation to rescue their friends, familiy and even people they don't know. But when celebrities do it, it completely changes the way people view them. And heroism among the elite is not as uncommon as you might think.

Image caption Benedict Cumberbatch hopes to play Doctor Strange for years to come

His flexibility on screen hasn't gone unnoticed, and the star is in such high demand that he's had to turn down making more series of 'Sherlock' in favour of giving his all to Hollywood, according to some reports. With no signs of slowing down, Cumberbatch has opened up about what being a part of the MCU means to him, and the role of Stephen Strange. Note that there are spoilers for 'Avengers: Infinity War' in Cumberbatch's comments.

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Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Brexit Drama

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16 May 2018

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The international actor will play Vote Leave director, Dominic Cummings

Benedict Cumberbatch’s career is soaring with the British actor currently appearing as both big and small screen titular characters in Marvel Universe’s Dr Strange and Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose. However, it seems the star still has time for his home country after it was recently announced the 41-year-old will lead in a new Channel 4 drama, provisionally titled Brexit.

Image caption Benedict Cumberbatch at Cinemacon

The 41-year-old admits that he didn't even try and keep up with the muscle madness of Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth for 'Avengers: Infinity War', but it was a different story for 'Doctor Strange' where he had to undergo some gruelling last-minute preparations to look the best he could possibly be for his shirtless moment.

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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch at the premiere for the Showtime limited series 'Patrick Melrose' held at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn, the show has been created by David Nicholls and stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 26th April 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Los Angeles premiere for 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Following 2015's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Infinity War' is the third film in the series and the nineteenth film in the Marvel film franchise altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 24th April 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter at the Los Angeles premiere for 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Following 2015's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Infinity War' is the third film in the series and the nineteenth film in the Marvel film franchise altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd April 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch at an 'Avengers Infinity War' fan event in London. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the new Marvel adventure is set to hit theatres on April 27th 2018 - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th April 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch Teases "Relentless Action" In 'Avengers: Infinity War'

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 March 2018

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Benedict Cumberbatch returns to his role of Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe release.

There's now just over a month to go until the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 'Avengers' adventure hits the big screen with 'Infinity War', and the excitement amongst the fan base is higher than ever before. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is ready to claim the final Infinity Stones for his gauntlet, and if he's successful in doing so, he'll easily wipe out all of his enemies and claim ultimate power.

Image caption Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of 'Patrick Melrose'

Patrick Melrose may have been brought up in a wealthy and respectable family, but that doesn't mean his life is automatically set to go down the right path. With money and privilege comes indulgence, and with each trial and tribulation that happens within his dysfunctional life - an abusive father (Hugo Weaving), a cruel mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh), his parents dying, marriage, fatherhood - the temptation to sink into the peace of alcoholism and heroin addiction becomes harder to resist.

Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Goes Rogue In High Society Drama Series 'Patrick Melrose'

The Avengers Must Unite For Their Biggest Battle Yet In 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares to come to a climax as ‘The Avengers’ unite with ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ to stop the evil Thanos. Directed by The Russo Brothers, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ hits cinemas this spring.

After the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Infinity War’ sees The Avengers left broken and divided. Some of them even look different, with Captain America (Chris Evans) sporting a beard and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) with newly blonde hair.

The Avengers face their biggest threat year in ‘Infinity War’

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Thor: Ragnarok Review

Very Good

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.

Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Isn't Against A Female Sherlock Holmes

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 19 September 2017

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The actor is also very excited to see Jodie Whittaker's version of the Doctor in 'Doctor Who'.

The world of acting has always been stacked against women. Fortunately, things seem to be changing as time goes by, as many discovered a little earlier this year when it was revealed 'Broadchurch' star Jodie Whittaker would become the Doctor in the next series of BBC One sci-fi series 'Doctor Who'.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman lead the BBC's hit series 'Sherlock'

Traditionally always played by a man, the gender-switch came as a shock to a lot of people, but the majority of the 'Doctor Who' fanbase were excited to hear about the decision; many even thought that it was long overdue.

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