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Benedict Cumberbatch
Character Sherlock Holmes
Birthday 19th July, 1976
Birth Place London, England
Appearances Sherlock (2010) Series 1-3

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English film, television, theatre and voice actor who plays Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock.

His most acclaimed roles include: Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking (2004)[1]; William Pitt in the historical film Amazing Grace (2006)[2]; the protagonist Stephen Ezard in the miniseries thriller The Last Enemy (2008)[3]; Paul Marshall in Atonement (2007)[4]; Bernard in Small Island (2009)[5]; and Major Jamie Stewart in War Horse (2012)[6].

He has lent his voice to both Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer[7] opposite Martin Freeman (who plays the lead role of Bilbo Baggins) in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"[8]. He also portrayed the main antagonist, Khan Noonien Singh, in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek into Darkness[9], which was released on May 16th, 2013[10].

Cumberbatch has expressed misgivings about the quality of fellow modern Sherlock Holmes adaption, Elementary and wished that Jonny Lee Miller, whom he's worked with in the past, had passed on the role.[11] He's pointed out however, though, that he's never asked Miller to not take the role, and that he remains supportive of Miller's career.[12]



  • Best Actor (Sherlock and Parade's End)- Broadcasting Press Guild awards[13]


  • In 2011 Danny Boyle created a National Theatre production of 'Frankenstein' in which Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated between playing the creator and monster every night. Both actors then went on to play Sherlock Holmes, both set in the present day, albeit opposite side of the Atlantic.

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  1. Hawking, August 2006,
  3. The Last Enemy,
  4. Atonement,
  5. Small Island,, April 2010
  6. War Horse,
  7. Benedict Cumberbatch joins The Hobbit as Smaug, Ben Child,, Monday 20th June, 2011, 10.42 BST.
  8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,
  9. Trek Into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch video interview - "John Harrison is a terrorist", Radio Times staff, 12:18 PM, 18 December 2012.
  10. Star Trek Into Darkness poster shows London in ruins, Monday 3 Dec 2012 12:48 pm.
  11. Benedict Cumberbatch ‘Cynical’ About ‘Elementary,’ Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, BBC America
  12. Benedict Cumberbatch: Jonny Lee Miller Took 'Elementary' Role for the 'Paycheck', The Hollywood Reporter
  13. Parade's End marches away with four Broadcasting Press Guild awards, Ben Dowell,, Thursday 14th, March 2013, 13.40 GMT.
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