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 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?
The 'Sherlock' star will play the titular Patrick Melrose in a Showtime adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn's novels, as well as take on an executive producer role.
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 Cumberbatch will star in the Showtime / Sky Atlantic adaptation of 'Melrose'
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His involvement in the film has finally been confirmed.
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 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.
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
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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch at a special performance of Letters Live hosted by Porter Magazine in celebration of their Incredible Women of 2016 edition held at The V&A - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 29th November 2016
I don't think he ever wanted to become Uncle Sherlock.
Holmes doesn't look thrilled at the idea of becoming a sort-of uncle according to new pictures released ahead of the broadcast of 'Sherlock' season 4, but with Watson becoming quite the hands of father he's definitely going to have to get used to it.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock' season 4
The fourth series of 'Sherlock' will return with episode one 'The Six Thatchers' on New Year's Day, seeing the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson, as well as Amanda Abbington as Mrs. Watson, Mark Gatiss as Sherlock's nemesis brother Mycroft and Una Stubbs as the ever-loveable landlord of 221b Baker Street Mrs. Hudson.
Continue reading: Why Does Holmes Look So Contemptuous In New 'Sherlock' Series 4 Images?
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
In a new interview for Vanity Fair, the 'Sherlock' star accused a small section of his fanbase of "scary" behaviour.
Benedict Cumberbatch has taken aim at the more devoted section of his loyal ‘Cumberb****es’ fanbase, calling some of them “obsessive and deluded” in a new interview.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the 40 year old ‘Sherlock’ actor vented about some of his fans who maintain that his marriage to his wife, Sophie Hunter, and the existence of their 16 month old son Christopher are ‘PR stunts’.
Cumberbatch married Sophie, a theatre and opera director, in a ceremony on Valentine’s Day in 2015 and, later that year, welcomed their first child into the world. However, some comments about his family life seem to particularly bother him, even though he’s used to being in the spotlight of ultra-fandom.
The actor’s ‘Hamlet’ commitments nearly cost him the superhero role.
Benedict Cumberbatch will make his superhero debut in next year in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. But it almost wasn’t to be for the ‘Sherlock’ actor, as his commitments to stage play Hamlet nearly cost him the role.
Benedict Cumberbatch filming Doctor Strange
Speaking to Empire magazine, the film’s director Scott Derrickson said that Cumberbatch was “the only actor we seriously considered” for the superhero role. But unfortunately, Cumberbatch had already signed on to play Hamlet at London’s Barbican in the autumn of 2015.
Date of birth
19th July, 1976
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