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 wearing an eye patch while filming 'Melrose' in Glasgow, which doubles as 1982 New York in the series adapted from the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn. - St Vincent Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom - Monday 30th October 2017
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.
Continue reading: Thor: Ragnarok Review
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.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Isn't Against A Female Sherlock Holmes
It's set to air on BBC One later this year.
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in the gruelling BBC One drama 'The Child in Time' opposite Kelly Macdonald, which follows a writer of children's books who is faced with the worst time of his life when his young daughter goes missing during a shopping trip.
Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Child in Time'
Based on the 1987 dystopian novel of the same name by Ian McEwan (which won the Whitbread Novel Award in the year of its release), the actor plays an author named Stephen Lewis who is the sole carer of his 3-year-old daughter Kate, whose mother is his estranged wife Julie (played by Kelly Macdonald). When she goes missing in a supermarket, his whole world is turned upside just like any parent's would be - but things get strange when he starts to experience unexplained events occurring.
With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the known universe. But what about when he doesn't have either of those things? It only takes a run-in with afterlife goddess Hela for his hammer to be destroyed, apparently beyond repair. And when he is kidnapped by her people and taken to the planet Sakaar, he has no choice but to enter into a gladiator match to save the people of Asgard from Ragnarök; the fate of total destruction. To his initial delight, and to the confusion of everyone in the arena, his opponent turns out to be none other than the Incredible Hulk. But when he realises that this Hulk is hell-bent on destroying him, he realises that he has no choice but to fight his supposed friend to the death.
Continue: Thor: Ragnarok Trailer
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter have an interesting name for their second son.
It has just been reported that Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter welcomed their second child into the world three and a half weeks ago; another son with a rather unusual name. The happy news has not yet received a formal announcement.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend 'Doctor Strange' event together
39-year-old Sophie gave birth to their new baby at Portland Hospital in London on March 3rd 2017, according to new reports. The news will no doubt be officially announced in The Times as is customary for the couple's most special news. And it will no doubt reveal the little boy's unique name, Hal Auden Cumberbatch.
Continue reading: What Has Benedict Cumberbatch Named His Second Son?
Here's a look at some of Benedict Cumberbatch's greatest movie roles.
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:
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock
The best of British TV over the holidays.
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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The actor wasn’t deemed sexy enough by show bosses.
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.
Benedict 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
As Guardians of the Galaxy did two years ago, this action romp comes at the Marvel universe from a witty angle that makes it a lot more fun than the overcrowded Avengers movies. This film has a strong central character, a boisterous sense of humour and a relatively simple plot that never gets bogged down in explaining its mythology. Most of all, it's hugely entertaining, with a great cast and head-spinning kaleidoscopic effects.
Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a top New York neurosurgeon. Arrogant and dismissive, he maintains a friendship with his ex, fellow surgeon Christine (Rachel McAdams). But a car crash puts an end to his rock-n-roll lifestyle when his hands are seriously injured. After medicine fails to heal him, he turns to eastern mysticism, travelling to Kathmandu to study under the tutelage of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). She opens his mind to the magical power around him, and as he develops his powers with the serious, more experienced Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Stephen is pulled into an epic clash with the rebel sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), who wants to heal humanity by sending it into a dark, timeless parallel universe.
Despite the gloomy plot, Scott Derrickson directs the film with a very light touch, bringing out cheeky humour in every scene as these whip-smart characters interact with each other. Cumberbatch has probably never had a role that so fully draws on his real-life charisma and wit, and he shines as the swaggering, cocky doctor who has to rebuild his life in unexpected directions. For much of the film he's way out of his depth, which means that the supporting cast get a chance to steal scenes from him.
Continue reading: Doctor Strange Review
Before Doctor Strange was ever brought into existence, the man behind the hero was a dedicated neurosurgeon - one of the best of his time who dedicated his life to furthering his profession. When Stephen Strange is in an almost fatal automobile accident, he luckily escapes with his life but his hands are severely damaged and he goes through multiple surgeries in a bid to fix them.
Strange knows that his entire life will be completely altered if he can't fix them; it would most certainly be the end of his career, the one thing he's committed the majority of his time to. Many doctors try to fix his hands but they're unable to give the results Strange requires. In a last bid to find a cure for his hands - or at least find some solace - Steven travels to Napal.
Little did he know it but Steven Strange's life is about to make a drastic change. On a journey of self-discovery he finds himself researching and eventually coming in contact with a group called Kamar-Taj who hold ancient beliefs and have been known to heal people. As Strange is gradually taken in by the group, he finally meets The Ancient One who sees a great strength in Strange. She mentors the Doctor in the mystic arts and shows him his current reality isn't the only one in existence and teaches him how to manipulate it in order to gain great power and protect the world from others who only wish to destroy it.
Date of birth
19th July, 1976
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