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.
When he was offered the lead role in the runaway hit series 'Sherlock', the actor was initially minded to say no.
It’s the role that turned him into an international phenomenon, but Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he initially came close to turning down ‘Sherlock’.
The English actor, who is currently juggling new fatherhood with playing the lead in ‘Hamlet’, admitted in an interview with CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’ news program on Friday (September 4th) that he had quite a few reservations about accepting the role of the ingenious detective because of the massive fame he thought the “populist role” would bring. He certainly turned out to be correct in that assumption!
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock'
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The actor and wife Sophie Hunter welcomed their first child on June 1st.
Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter have reportedly named their first child, Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch. The couple welcomed the baby boy on June 1st and had so far kept quiet on the name they had chosen.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter have reportedly named their son Christopher Carlton.
The Mail on Sunday reports that the baby’s name has been confirmed as Christopher Carlton, with Carlton being chosen because it is a family name which both Benedict and his actor father Timothy share.
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The much hyped production at London’s Barbican Theatre held its official press night on Tuesday evening (August 25th).
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet finally opened its doors to the critics on Tuesday night after weeks of previews. The production, at the Barbican Theatre, is currently the hottest ticket in London as fans of the ‘Sherlock’ actor flock to experience Cumberbatch’s take on the Danish prince. But has this Hamlet managed to live up to the hype and hysteria which always follows the 39 year old actor?
Benedict Cumberbatch is starring in Hamlet at London’s Barbican Theatre.
Writing in The Independent, Paul Taylor felt that Cumberbatch was never able to fully lay himself bare, unlike other actors who had taken on the role in the past. “The actor commands the stage with a whirling energy but we rarely feel soul-to-soul with this Hamlet,” Taylor writes.
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The ‘Sherlock’ star is currently playing the Danish Prince at London’s Barbican theatre.
The London production of ‘Hamlet’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has reportedly returned the play’s famous 'To be or not to be' speech to its rightful place in Act III. Previews of the play had originally opened with Cumberbatch delivering the famous lines, but now it seems the decision has been made to move the speech back to where Shakespeare had originally intended it to be heard.
Benedict Cumberbatch is currently starring in a production of Hamlet.
The production, which is directed by Lyndsey Turner, had come under criticism for beginning with the speech, in Shakespeare’s original text the famous lines come near the play’s half way mark in Act III. Now the production is reportedly opening with Cumberbatch shouting 'Who's there?' into the darkness, according to the Daily Mail.
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The Disney D23 convention in Anaheim saw Cumberbatch deliver a pre-recorded video message sharing some details about the upcoming Marvel movie.
The rumours have had it right all along – Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed be putting on the moustache and cape to play Marvel superhero Doctor Strange after the casting was confirmed at Disney’s D23 expo at the weekend.
The Oscar-nominated English actor was officially unveiled as playing the good doctor, and though he couldn’t be at the convention in person due to his theatrical commitments to ‘Hamlet’ in London, he delivered a pre-recorded presentation about the upcoming Marvel movie, scheduled for release on November 4th, 2016.
Benedict Cumberbatch was officially unveiled as 'Doctor Strange' at Disney's D23
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Having caused a bit of backlash with his refusal to sign autographs after his stage performances at the Barbican, Cumberbatch was seen chatting to fans and taking selfies on Thursday night.
Benedict Cumberbatch seems to have had a change of heart since he told fans that he would not be greeting them before and after performances of ‘Hamlet’, as he was seen chatting to his army of loyal Cumberbitches after last night’s show.
Signs placed outside the Barbican Centre which had stated categorically that the 39 year old English actor would not be signing autographs were reportedly taken down, and on Thursday night Cumberbatch spent several minutes signing programmes, talking to his fans and posing for selfies.
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Some fans of the ‘Sherlock’ star might need a little lesson in theatre etiquette.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has asked fans who come to see his performance as Hamlet at London’s Barbican theatre not to take videos during the production. Speaking to fans gathered outside the theatre the ‘Sherlock’ actor said it was ‘mortifying’ when filming was happening during the performance.
Benedict Cumberbatch is currently starring as Hamlet at London’s Barbican theatre.
Cumberbatch told fans there was was “nothing less supportive or enjoyable” than being on stage and seeing a “big red light” from an audience member's camera. The actor then added that one audience member in the third row had been doing some "blindingly obvious” filming during the performance.
Whitey Bulger has had the FBI under his thumb for too long, and now people are starting to notice. How can a criminal mastermind responsible for every major offence in the city pass by seemingly unnoticed for an entire lifetime? It's true he landed in Alcatrez at a young age, but the older the more dangerous he becomes; a kingpin of the South Boston criminal underworld who escaped justice by informing authorities of all movements of the rival gang, the Italian Mafia, as suggested by his most useful contact and friend John Connolly. But the Irish Winter Hill Gang is growing ever more powerful, and Bulger's feelings of invincibility lead to more and more murders and destruction. It's time he was stopped, but finding him is not going to be easy.
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There was at least one reviewer who wasn't keen
Benedict Cumberbatch is not short of a few fans but it seems the ladies who have a bit of a thing for the actor are not wrong about one thing: this man can act. Or at least so say (most) if the reviews of Cumberbatch’s Hamlet – widely considered to be one of the toughest parts to play.
Cumberbatch delights the ladies as Benedict but can he win them over as Hamlet?
The Sherlock star started his stint as arguably Shakespeare’s most famous character at the Barbican in London on Wednesday night and a lengthily queue of fans were out in force to watch the show.
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Benedict Cumberbatch's hordes of fans will be descending upon the central London location this week to see him star in 'Hamlet'.
Central London is in lockdown preparing for the march of the Cumberbitches, as the Barbican Theatre prepares for Benedict Cumberbatch to take to the stage to play ‘Hamlet’ later this week.
The Times reports that the theatre, in the well-heeled residential estate of the Barbican in the City’s Square Mile, has laid on extra security “to cope with the popularity of the actor”. Cumberbatch has a dedicated squadron of ultra-fanatic (and mainly female) followers, who are prepared to travel across the world in pursuit of a glimpse of their hero, dubbed by the media as ‘the Cumberbitches’.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring in 'Hamlet' at the Barbican this week
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The showrunner gave little away about the upcoming special episode during the TCA press tour.
‘Sherlock’ showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch’s character will be a little different once he’s transported back to the Victorian era in the show’s upcoming Christmas special. Speaking during the TCA press tour on Saturday, the writer gave away precious few details about the episode which sees Sherlock and Watson back in Victorian London.
Sherlock and Dr Watson in the upcoming Victorian special.
When asked how the new setting might change Sherlock’s character Moffat said, “Sherlock is a little more polished. He operates like a Victorian gentleman instead of a posh, rude man. He’s a lot less brattish.” But as for Dr Watson, being back in Victorian Britain will cause Martin Freeman’s character to be ‘more uptight’, according to Moffat.
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Irish-American criminal mastermind Whitey Bulger was arguably one of the most dangerous men in America before his arrest in 2011 at the age of 81. He'd already spent time in Alcatrez as a much younger man, having spent a lot of time on the streets of South Boston. However, by the 70s he proved to be the FBI's best tool in controlling organised crime within the country, and he was eventually persuaded by his friend John Connolly to be their informant in all workings of the rival Italian Mafia. However, it's not safe business being both a highly respected gangster and a police informant, and while much of his activity is being largely ignored as he rises to become top of the Irish Winter Hill Gang, it seems he is gaining too many killings and dodgy dealings under his belt to go unnoticed.
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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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Date of birth
19th July, 1976