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.
The stand-alone episode is rumoured to be airing round the Christmas period in 2015.
The picture shows Cumberbatch in a pretty severe and smart-looking waistcoat and suit reclining in a leather armchair, while a moustachioed Freeman is leaning against the chair and standing up.
The BBC released this image from the forthcoming 'Sherlock' Victorian special
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The actor isn't letting fatherhood interrupt 'Hamlet'.
Now's the time most new fathers would be signing off work for a couple of weeks to get to grips with fatherhood, but Benedict Cumberbatch is getting his life back to normal already only a few days since the birth of his son.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns to work on 'Hamlet'
To be, or not to be, back at work is the question for new father Benedict Cumberbatch, who has decided on the former and is back in rehearsals for his role as 'Hamlet' in the forthcoming new West End production which will run at London's Barbican Theatre from August to October 2015.
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter - 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 24th February 2015
The 'Sherlock' star and Sophie Hunter have welcomed their first child after marrying earlier this year.
Benedict Cumberbatch is celebrating parenthood
In a statement, a spokesman for the 'Sherlock' star said: "Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son.
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Van Morrison were also named in the 2015 list.
American Kevin Spacey has said he was "honoured and humbled by such recognition from the Queen”, after being included in this year’s birthday honours list. The actor has been given an honorary knighthood by the monarch, after serving as the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre for over a decade.
Kevin Spacey has been given an honorary knighthood.
Spacey was recognised for his 'services to British theatre and international culture'. Accepting the honour he told the BBC, "I must thank the British public for being so supportive of my efforts on behalf of the Old Vic. I feel like an adopted son.”
Benedict Cumberbatch is to receive a CBE on Saturday.
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to receive a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list as a reward for his services to drama. The 38-year-old rose to fame in 2010 playing the lead in the BBC's critically acclaimed Sherlock.
Benedict Cumberbatch [L] stars opposite Martin Freeman [R] in the BBC's hit series Sherlock
Since then, the actor has landed high profile roles in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, The Fifth Estate and 12 Years A Slave. Last year, he was nominated for a BAFTA, Critics Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe and Oscar for his portrayal of code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game - losing out to fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne for the latter.
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The actress, with an art-house reputation, may be about to step into the Marvel universe in 2016's 'Doctor Strange' alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
Tilda Swinton is reported to be in negotiations to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange, the forthcoming Marvel superhero live-action movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she is up for the role of the Ancient One, a role normally depicted males.
This move is being held up as an example of comic book movies looking for diversification. In the original comic books, the Ancient One is of Tibetan descent and acts as a mentor to the titular character, possessing the abilities of teleportation, astral projection and the creation of intense blasts of energy.
Tilda Swinton may be playing the Ancient One in 'Doctor Strange', set for release in 2016
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The 'Sherlock' star appeared in one of several short clips, along with other movie and TV actors, to raise awareness about the importance of the Human Rights Act.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of a number of British actors to put their names to a new appeal to prevent the new Conservative government in Britain from repealing the Human Rights Act.
The ‘Sherlock’ actor was joined by a number of big names, such as stage actress Vanessa Redgrave, ‘Homeland’’s David Harewood and ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Indira Varma in a series of short films based on the experiences of various people who have been used the legislation to correct injustices.
Benedict Cumberbatch joined the 'Save Our Human Rights Act' campaign
Ben Stephenson has said the BBC’s drama department is at a "tipping point”.
Ben Stephenson, the outgoing controller of drama commissioning at the BBC, has said the licence fee needs to be increased, or the broadcaster will be forced to slash its drama output. In his farewell interview with the Radio Times, Stephenson, who helped bring shows such as ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’ to British screens, described the BBC as being at a "tipping point” thanks to the licence fee cap.
Ben Stephenson was responsible for bringing ‘Sherlock’ to British TV screens.
Currently the licence fee paid by British television owners is capped at 2010's price of £145.50 until 31 March 2017, but thanks to inflation Stephenson says the cap is effectively a cut to the BBC's budget. "It really can't keep cutting... And the truth is the market isn't going to fill the gap," he told the Radio Times.
Cumberbatch was nominated again for his role in the BBC series ‘Sherlock’.
Benedict Cumberbatch has once again lost out on a best actor award at the television BAFTAs, held on Sunday night in London. The actor was beaten by Jason Watkins who won for his portrayal of the title character in ITV's 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies'.
There was no BAFTA for Benedict on Sunday.
Cumberbatch is a five time BAFTA nominee, having been nominated three times for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in 2011, 2012 and 2015. The actor was also recognised in 2004 for 'Hawking' and picked up a best supporting actor nod in 2009 for ‘Small Island’.
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The 'Sherlock' and 'The Hobbit' actor has signed up to join the Marvel universe.
Having already comprehensively nailed the art of portraying literary characters on the small and big screens, British actor Martin Freeman has set his sights on the world of comic books with the announcement that he has been added to the cast of Captain America: Civil War.
The 43 year old actor has gained worldwide recognition for his extremely popular depiction of Dr John Watson in the BBC’s newest adaptation of ‘Sherlock’ alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and for his role as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Now, he’s entering the Marvel universe, according to the part-Disney-owned Marvel studios on Tuesday.
Martin Freeman has joined the cast of 'Captain America: Civil War'
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Date of birth
19th July, 1976