Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1976-07-19 (44 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: London, England, UK
83 Movies · 33 TV shows
Also Known As: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch · Бенедикт Камбербетч · ベネディクト・カンバーバッチ · เบเนดิกต์ คัมเบอร์แบตช์ · بيندكت كامبرباتش · 베네딕트 컴버배치 · 班奈狄克·康柏拜區 · Μπένεντικτ Κάμπερμπατς · 本尼迪克特·康伯巴奇
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting. He first performed at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in Shakespearean productions and made his West End debut in Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler in 2005. Since then, he has starred in the Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance (2010) and Frankenstein (2011). In 2015, he played the title role in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre.Cumberbatch's television work includes appearances in Silent Witness (2002) and Fortysomething (2003) before playing Stephen Hawking in the television film Hawking in 2004. He has starred as Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock since 2010. He has also headlined Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Parade's End (2012), The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016) and Patrick Melrose (2018). In film, Cumberbatch has starred in Amazing Grace (2006) as William Pitt the Younger, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) as Khan, 12 Years a Slave (2013) as William Prince Ford, The Fifth Estate (2013) as Julian Assange, and The Imitation Game (2014) as Alan Turing. He also made a brief appearance in 1917 (2019). From 2012 to 2014, through voice and motion capture, he played the characters of Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit film series. In superhero films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has played Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).Cumberbatch has received numerous accolades, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for Frankenstein and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Sherlock. His performance in The Imitation Game earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2014 Time magazine included him in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2015 he was appointed a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to the performing arts and to charity.
While in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 2005, Cumberbatch and two friends (Theo and Denise Black) were abducted, after bursting a tyre, and held at gunpoint by a group of locals. Eventually their abductors drove them into unsettled territory and set them free without explanation. Cumberbatch said of the incident: "It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It's made me want to live a life less ordinary." Before the burst tyre, they had been listening to "How to Disappear Completely" by Radiohead. Following this experience, whenever Cumberbatch hears the song it "reminds [him] of a sense of reality [... and] a reason for hope".He subscribes to Buddhist philosophy and has expressed affinity for meditation and mindfulness. Cumberbatch also follows a vegan diet.Cumberbatch is married to English theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter. Their engagement was announced in the "Forthcoming Marriages" section of The Times on 5 November 2014, after a 17-year friendship. On 14 February 2015, the couple married at the 12th-century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone on the Isle of Wight followed by a reception at Mottistone Manor. They have two sons, Christopher Carlton (born 1 June 2015) and Hal Auden (born 3 March 2017).
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born on 19 July 1976 at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in the London district of Hammersmith, to actors Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham. He grew up in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He has a half-sister, Tracy Peacock, from his mother's first marriage. His grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer of both World Wars, and a prominent figure of London high society. His great-grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, was a diplomat who served as consul in Turkey and Lebanon, and his great-great-grandfather, Robert William Cumberbatch, also was a British consul in Turkey and the Russian Empire. Cumberbatch is third cousin 16 times removed of King Richard III, whom he portrayed in The Hollow Crown. He attended Richard III's 2015 reburial and read a poem.Cumberbatch attended boarding schools from the age of eight; he was educated at Brambletye School in West Sussex and was an arts scholar at Harrow School. He was a member of The Rattigan Society, Harrow's principal club for the dramatic arts, which was named after Old Harrovian and playwright Terence Rattigan. He was involved in numerous Shakespearean works at school and made his acting debut as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was 12. Cumberbatch's drama teacher, Martin Tyrell, called him "the best schoolboy actor" he had ever worked with.After leaving Harrow, Cumberbatch took a gap year to volunteer as an English teacher at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India. He then attended the Victoria University of Manchester (now the University of Manchester), where he studied Drama. He continued his training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating with an MA in Classical Acting. On 16 January 2018, it was announced that Cumberbatch would succeed Timothy West as President of LAMDA. On being appointed Cumberbatch stated it would be "an honour to watch the next generation of actors, directors and technicians blossom".
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Letters Live from the Archive: Union Chapel
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The Tiger Who Came To Tea
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Avengers: Infinity War
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Mark Gatiss: A Study in Sherlock
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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
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The Current War
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The Grinch Mini-Movies
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A critical and often humorous look at the upper class, tracking the character's harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, towards recovery.
The Child in Time
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Sherlock - The Six Thatchers
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Sherlock: The Final Problem
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Walk with Me
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Shakespeare Live! From the RSC
On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, David Tennant, Catherine Tate and guests mark the life of the playwright on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
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National Theatre Live: Hamlet
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The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Search and Rescue
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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Lennon or McCartney
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The Imitation Game
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Penguins of Madagascar
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The Fifth Estate
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The Jonathan Ross Show
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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
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Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
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Van Gogh: Painted with Words
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A psychological, heart-wrenching love story that provides a unique and inside look at Charles Darwin. He struggles to finish his book because he is torn between faith and science.
The Turning Point
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The Other Boleyn Girl
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The Last Enemy
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Have I Got a Bit More News for You
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The Graham Norton Show
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Stuart: A Life Backwards
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The One Show
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The Man Who Predicted 9-11
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To the Ends of the Earth
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Agatha Christie's Marple
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Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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In British history, there were double agents.
To Kill a King
The relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell was discussed.
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Fields of Gold
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Hills like white elephants
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Tipping the Velvet
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Tipping the Velvet
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Saturday Night Live
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The War Magician
A British stage performer helps the Allies.
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
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The Power of the Dog
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A hunter is trying to kill a dictator. Police and enemy agents are looking for him after he escaped back to England.
A financial reporter is sucked into a plot to fake his friend's death as he travels to Rio to visit his wealthy friend.
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