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.
With virtually the same blend of wit and idiocy as the 2001 original, this fashion-scene comedy is funny enough to spark some solid laughter in between the gags that fall flat. The punchlines are simple and the characters paper thin, but this world is so ripe for parody that the rather awkward mix of in-jokes and satire can't help but hit the bullseye every now and then.
Things haven't been great for top supermodel Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) over the past 15 years. His reading school collapsed in tragedy, sending him to live as a "hermit crab" in the wilds of northern New Jersey. And with a facial injury, his cohort Hansel (Owen Wilson) has retired in the wasteland of Malibu. Then Italian designer Atoz (Kristen Wiig) summons them to Rome, just as Interpol agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) is investigating a series of popstar murders that seem linked to Derek's past. Teaming up with Valentina, Derek and Hansel track down their old nemesis Mugatu (Will Ferrell), reconnect with Derek's long-lost son (Cyrus Arnold) and discover a sinister conspiracy.
Stiller directs the film as if it's the next instalment in the Da Vinci Code saga, complete with shadowy secret rituals and ominous chase sequences. But the dialogue remains utterly ludicrous, as this "ridiculously good-looking" duo go through their individual existential crises, clueless that the world has moved on without them. Stiller and Wilson reprise the hang-dog charm that made the characters so likeable the first time round. Although this time Derek gets some emotional depth, while Hansel plays the action hero. Ferrell and Wiig camp it up to the rafters in their colourful roles, while Cruz vamps through the film in bombshell love-interest mode. Her deadpan performance might actually be the funniest thing in the movie. And each scene is packed with big-star cameos, some of which are genuinely amusing.
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Though Derek and Hansel have left the world of fashion modelling behind them, a part of both of them still has the wish to return to the stage and once again be crowned as the king of the runway. When some of the world's most famous celebrities are found murdered (all of whom have died pulling Derek's trademark Blue Steel pout) Interpol decide to recruit the two fashion veterans in a bid to infiltrate the current world of modelling - an industry that's evolved beyond the one they were originally accustom to.
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Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch have been named visiting fellows for a top London university, according to a report.
Both actors have been appointed, along with nine others, in the roles at Lady Margaret Hall of Oxford University, editors at the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper report.
The college's principal, Alan Rusbridger, explained the 11 visiting fellows will connect students with their "worlds", and would be encouraged to drop in to eat with the students and meet informally.
"At a minimum, we'd like them to drop in occasionally at college, eat with us and meet informally with a variety of the community," he explained. "We'd like them to do one thing a bit more structured. It could be a conversation or debate, a performance, a lecture or seminar, a form of outreach - or something we haven't thought of. We can imagine fascinating interactions or collaborations between them."
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Cumberbatch and Watson have accepted the ‘part time’ position, intended to add to the cultural life of the college.
Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson are among 11 newly appointed visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall colledge in Oxford, The Guardian reports. The star -studded list also includes Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant, musician Mark Simpson and former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman.
Emma Watson has been appointed as a fellow by and Oxford college.
The new appointments were announced on Friday by former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, who is now the college's principal. “They are people drawn from a variety of backgrounds, callings and professions and we want them to form a bridge between our own academic community and the worlds they inhabit and represent.” Rusbridger said.
The hidden talents of the stars.
It's always awesome to discover the untapped hidden talents of celebrities; talents not necessarily used to a great extent in their everyday work. Some stars - whether they're singers or actors - possess the extremely impressive knack of nailing impressions of their peers, even the ones you least expect.
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In no particular order, we've compiled a list of our favourite impressions from celebrities not necessarily famous for that talent, i.e. they're not comedians or anything, just professional pop and movie stars.
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Will Face Questions Over Rape Allegations By Swedish Authorities.
The controversial Australian journalist, who was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013 movie The Fifth Estate, sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 in a bid to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden on rape and sexual assault allegations.
Ecuador President Rafael Correa has announced the 44 year old will finally face questioning from Swedish authorities without leaving the embassy.
Swedish prosecutors will submit questions to Ecuadorian officials, who will quiz Assange in the next few days, according Correa.
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British Actor Benedict Cumberbatch Has Earned A Spot In A U.k. Theatre Industry's Most Influential List For His Role In Hamlet.
The Sherlock star's 12-week run in the William Shakespeare play sold out in just seven hours, and extra tickets were awarded via a ballot system while fans camped outside the Barbican Centre in London in a bid to see his performance on the day.
The role has now landed him on trade publication The Stage's annual list of the 100 most influential people in theatre, at number 15, the highest actor on the chart.
He is closely followed by Imelda Staunton at 16 for her run in musical Gypsy. The actress won the Best Performance in a Musical prize at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in November (15) for her role, and she is in talks to transfer the production to Broadway.
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Following its broadcast on New Year's Day, the Victorian special has topped the box office in China and has outsold 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in Korea by 4:1.
Though quite a few people have complained that it was too confusing, the ‘Sherlock’ special length episode ‘The Abominable Bride’ has become an international box office success in cinemas in addition to its high ratings on British television.
The feature-length episode, starring its regulars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their roles as Holmes and Watson but in the Victorian era of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, received the highest viewing figures in Britain over the festive period when it was broadcast on New Year’s Day.
The 'Sherlock' Victorian special episode 'The Abominable Bride' has become an international box office success
Some viewers may have been left confused by ‘The Abominable Bride’, but at least they tuned in.
‘Sherlock’s’ latest special, which aired on New Year’s Day, has attracted the highest viewing figures of the festive period with 8.4 million Britons tuning in to BBC1. The drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Matin Freeman beat programmes including ‘Eastenders’, the Queens speech and ‘Downton Abbey’ to become the period’s most viewed show.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in ‘Sherlock’.
Overnight figures show that an average of 8.4 million viewers tuned in, while the show peaked with 8.9 million during the 90 minute special. But those figures are down from last year’s when 9.2 million people tuned in on New Year’s Day to watch the first episode of the show’s third series.
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A Car Driven By Stars Including Will Smith, Hugh Jackman, And Benedict Cumberbatch On U.k. Tv Show Top Gear Has Sold For $26,700 (£17,800) At A Charity Auction.
The red Vauxhall Astra is the last ever vehicle used in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment before the motoring show's hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond left earlier in 2015 after Clarkson's contract was not renewed.
Stars including Ed Sheeran, Tom Hiddleston, and Margot Robbie used the car to race around a test track in Surrey, England in an attempt to reach the top of the leaderboard, which was topped by pop star Olly Murs followed by actors Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Paul.
The Astra was sold on auction site eBay.com to raise money for BEN, a charity for those who have worked in the motor industry, and it sold for $26,700.
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Sophie Hunter , Benedict Cumberbatch - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - European film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square. at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th December 2015
Date of birth
19th July, 1976