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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.



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Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In New 'Melrose' TV Series


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Benedict Cumberbatch’s crusade to conquer America has stepped up with the announcement of a new Showtime series, a five-part limited series of the ‘Melrose’ novels in which the ‘Sherlock’ and Doctor Strange star will executive produce and topline.

The project, to be a co-production venture between Showtime and Sky Atlantic, will see the 40 year old British star play Patrick Melrose in a five-part series of adaptations of Edward St. Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical novels.

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch will star in the Showtime / Sky Atlantic adaptation of 'Melrose'

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'The Final Problem': Sherlock Season Four Finale Explains The Mysterious Sherrinford [Spoilers]


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The question all along, it seems, was not ''who' is Sherrinford?', but rather ''what' is Sherrinford?'. The season four finale of 'Sherlock' entitled 'The Final Problem' was rife with plot twists and a story much darker than any previous episode. Plus, the return of Jim Moriarty - sort of. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

SherlockBenedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman take on their final challenge of Sherlock season 4

As it's revealed that Watson (Martin Freeman) was not, in fact, shot in the head with a bullet but with a tranquiliser at the end of 'The Lying Detective', Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson confront Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) about the so-called Holmes sister Eurus (Sian Brooke), who Sherlock has no memory of. Mycroft eventually explains how she was their psychotic younger sibling whose genius far exceeded each of theirs. She was sent away at a young age after apparently killing Sherlock's dog Redbeard and is now held at a high security institution in the middle of the ocean called Sherrinford.

Continue reading: 'The Final Problem': Sherlock Season Four Finale Explains The Mysterious Sherrinford [Spoilers]

'The Lying Detective': Sherlock Is On The Brink Of Death In Episode Two [Spoilers]


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Another jaw-dropping episode from 'Sherlock' season 4 this weekend which saw this complicated sleuth meet the most evil man he has ever come across. And, potentially, the most evil woman. 'The Lying Detective' is the most intensely scary episode yet.

SherlockToby Jones stars as the villainous Culverton Smith in 'The Lying Detective'

So Watson (Martin Freeman) has a new therapist and he's having visions of his deceased wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) everywhere. That's what Sunday's (January 8th 2017) episode entailed. It turns out that she's having a good influence on him in the end, because it's her words combined with a frantic Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs) who encourages Watson to help Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and forgive him for his involvement in Mary's death. 

Continue reading: 'The Lying Detective': Sherlock Is On The Brink Of Death In Episode Two [Spoilers]

'The Six Thatchers' Marks A Shocking Start To 'Sherlock' Season 4


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The New Year's Day episode of 'Sherlock' was one of the most surprising and divisive yet. A shocking death, a fractured friendship and the ghost of Moriarty plagues this episode, and indeed will no doubt continue to do so in the next two airings.

SherlockSherlock returns with Moriarty on his mind

Death seems to line the plot throughout the episode, with frequent references to the Grim Reaper fable 'Appointment at Samarra'. Plus, in his obsession that every sinister thing that happens is something to do with Moriarty, Sherlock makes a few fatal oversights.

Continue reading: 'The Six Thatchers' Marks A Shocking Start To 'Sherlock' Season 4

It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Takes Doctor Strange To 'Thor: Ragnarok'


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After a number of clues that have been unveiled over the last few months, it has finally been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange will make an appearance in the upcoming 'Thor: Ragnarok' film in addition to 2018's 'Avengers: Infinity War' which he is currently filming. 

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch to appear in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

With the New Year comes new information about the next Marvel films we have to look forward to. 'Thor: Ragnarok' will arrive in theatres later this year, teaming together Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Tom Hiddleston's Loki, Anthony Hopkins' Odin and even Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, but it is Doctor Strange's debut in the series that has gripped headlines this week.

Continue reading: It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Takes Doctor Strange To 'Thor: Ragnarok'

From Doctor Strange To Sherlock: Ten Of Our Favourite Benedict Cumberbatch Characters


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Benedict Cumberbatch is set to return in a new series of 'Sherlock' soon, but that's just the tip of the iceberg compared to what he's got coming up. He will reprise his Doctor Strange role in both 'Thor: Ragnarok' and 'Avengers: Infinity War', before playing Shere Khan in a new adaptation of 'Jungle Book' and voicing the Grinch in 2018's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'.

Here's a look at all his greatest roles to date:

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Continue reading: From Doctor Strange To Sherlock: Ten Of Our Favourite Benedict Cumberbatch Characters

'Sherlock' Creators Tease Fans Over Future Of The Series


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‘Sherlock’ returns for a full series for the first time in nearly three years on New Year’s Day – but the growing Hollywood success of its chief stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman means that the new fourth series could be the last.

That is, at least, according to the BBC One drama’s co-creator Mark Gatiss, who told reporters at a recent screening that while everybody involved was enthusiastic to make more episodes, the increasing difficulty of getting them in the same place at the same time was placing the future of ‘Sherlock’ in jeopardy.

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Top 10 Must-See Christmas Crackers


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Christmas telly is the best, and this year's no different. Instead of re-watching the old holiday movies you've seen numerous times, get stuck in to what the BBC and Sky have to offer over the festive period. From 'Bake Off' to 'Sherlock', you're sure to find something to glue you to the box.

Here are our top 10 Christmas must-see shows:

1. The Great Christmas Bake Off (Christmas Day and Boxing Day - 4.45pm on BBC1)

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Steven Moffat Assures Fans Series Four Is Not The End For 'Sherlock'


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‘Sherlock’ fans can finally stop panicking, as showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that the BBC show will not end after its fourth season.

Worry hit fans a few months ago when star Benedict Cumberbatch was quoted as saying the show might end with series four, calling it “the end of an era”.

Sherlock season 4Amanda Abbington, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock' series four

Continue reading: Steven Moffat Assures Fans Series Four Is Not The End For 'Sherlock'

Benedict Cumberbatch's Nose Nearly Cost Him 'Sherlock' Role


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‘Sherlock’ writer and co-creator Mark Gatiss has revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch almost missed out on playing the detective, because he didn't have the right look.

Speaking to The Sunday People, Gatiss said Cumberbatch was originally thought of as “a sort of ginger weird person” and not sexy enough for the role.

Sherlock season 4Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, with co-star Martin Freeman

Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch's Nose Nearly Cost Him 'Sherlock' Role

Scott Derrickson poses alone and with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton whilst promoting their movie 'Doctor Strange' at Soho House Hotel at Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 26th October 2016

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Benedict Cumberbatch seen at the premiere of Disney And Marvel Studios' new movie 'Doctor Strange' held at the El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 21st October 2016

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Benedict Cumberbatch seen alone and with his wife Sophie Hunter seen at the premiere of Disney And Marvel Studios' new movie 'Doctor Strange' held at the El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 21st October 2016

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Stan Lee seen with Benedict Cumberbatch at the World Premiere of 'Doctor Strange' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 20th October 2016

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Stan Lee and Benedict Cumberbatch
Stan Lee and Benedict Cumberbatch
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter seen at the 'Doctor Strange' launch event held at The Cloisters, Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom - Monday 24th October 2016

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
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Benedict Cumberbatch

Date of birth

19th July, 1976

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.83


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