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Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict-Cumberbatch
Information
Character Sherlock Holmes
Birthday 19 July, 1976
Birth Place London, England
Appearances Sherlock (2010)

Benedict Cumberbatch (full name Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch) is the actor who portrays Sherlock Holmes in the BBC adaptation, Sherlock.

Cumberbatch is known for his film, television, theatre, and voice acting roles; 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 did the motion capture. He also portrayed the main antagonist, Khan Noonien Singh, in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek into Darkness,[9] which was released on May 16, 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]

He is also known as the 'Sexiest Man Alive' according to People's Magazine and Glamour Magazine.

Credits Edit

Awards Edit

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

Trivia Edit

  • In the summer of 2011, Danny Boyle created a National Theatre production of 'Frankenstein' in which Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller played the creator and monster and alternately changed nightly. Both actors then went on to play another Victorian creation Sherlock Holmes, both set in the present day, albeit opposite side of the Atlantic.

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References Edit

  1. Hawking, August 2006, bbc.co.uk
  2. amazinggracemovie.com
  3. The Last Enemy, bbc.co.uk
  4. Atonement, workingtitlefilms.com
  5. Small Island, bbc.co.uk, April 2010
  6. War Horse, dreamworksstudios.com
  7. Benedict Cumberbatch joins The Hobbit as Smaug, Ben Child, guardian.co.uk, Monday 20th June, 2011, 10.42 BST.
  8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, IMDB.com
  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 Metro.co.uk, 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, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 14th, March 2013, 13.40 GMT.

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