Benedict Cumberbatch is an internationally recognized actor (BBC Sherlock), who has a huge following of over 6 million followers on social media sites. He is also the voice of both Shere Khan in the reboot of The Jungle Book and Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most famous actors alive whose story goes back to his phenomenal success at this school. One day, Benedict Cumberbatch was walking by a theater when he saw a poster advertising “Hamlet”. He thought it would be so cool to play Hamlet in front of all those people because it might make him famous.
About Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976 in London, England. He is the son of actress Wanda Ventham and actor Timothy Carlton. He grew up with his parents and two older sisters.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s first school was a special school called Brambletye School in East Grinstead, Sussex. Benedict Cumberbatch attended this school from 1986-1989 before he moved to Harrow School based in North West London where he remained until 1994.
In 1994 Benedict Cumberbatch enrolled at the University of Manchester to study drama for three years.
Benedict Cumberbatch went on to get a degree from the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA).
His Personal Life
Benedict Cumberbatch has always wanted to be an actor since he was a little boy. He worked extremely hard to meet his dreams and this gave him the opportunity to win roles in many films, television, and theater roles.
In 2004 when Benedict Cumberbatch was 28 he met theater director Sophie Hunter at the Hay Festival who is now his wife with whom he has three children named Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch born in June 2015, Hal Auden Cumberbatch born in April 2017, and Finn Cumberbatch born in 2019.
Benedict Cumberbatch always tries to give back by providing funds for charities such as The Royal National Institution for the Blind, The Tigger Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Oxfam, etc.
Acted in Royal National Theaters
In 2005 Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the Royal National Theater on Stage in the play “After the Dance” as well as “The Last of the Haussmans”. In 2008 he starred in a play called “Hitchcock Blonde”, and then later he played Prince Hal in Henry IV and Henry V.
Cumberbatch also starred in The Taming of The Shrew and more.
After the Dance In 2005, Benedict Cumberbatch had a starring role in the play “After the Dance” which is a two-part play. The first part was called “What You Will” and the second part “As You Like It”. He played Lucentio in “What You Will”, and Orlando in “As You Like It”.
The Last of the Haussmann
In 2006, Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the National Theater Company’s production of The Last of The Haussmans. He portrayed Andre Michel in this play which was about a Jewish family who moved from Paris to England but ends up adjusting to their new surroundings.
It is believed that this is what started Benedict Cumberbatch’s amazing acting career.
Started career in Television
In addition to his success at the Royal National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch decided to take a different path and try acting in television. He starred in a TV series called “Fortysomething” which aired on the BBC. In this series, he portrayed Benidict Black who is an antique shop owner and has a wife named Jane (played by Elizabeth McGovern).
Benedict Cumberbatch also hosted Saturday Night Live in late October 2012 despite being an invited guest. The episode was noted as one of the better episodes of SNL throughout recent years with guests including Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Taylor Swift, Mick Jagger, Adam Sandler, and Paul McCartney to mention a few.
In the TV series Hawking which was aired in 2004, he played Stephen Hawking. This was a television movie which was based on the life of Stephen Hawking who is a theoretical physicist.
As Sherlock Holmes
In 2010, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in the BBC’s Sherlock series in the role of Sherlock Holmes. He went on to be ranked as #1 most searched actor in the UK by Google, and #5 most searched actors in Australia by Google. This led him to win numerous awards including British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and The BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor.
In 2011, he won the Variety Club Showbiz Award for International Actor of the Year and Most Popular TV Show for Sherlock.
His Famous Tv series
Tipping the Velvet in 2002
Silent Witness in 2002
Cambridge Spies in 2003
Spooks in 2003
Fortysomething in 2003
Dunkirk in 2004
Heartbeat in 2004
Hawking in 2004
Nathan Barley in 2005
To the Ends of the Earth in 2005
Broken News in 2005
Stuart: A Life Backwards in 2007
The Last Enemy in 2008
Small Island in 2009
Marple: Murder Is Easy in 2009
Van Gogh: Painted with Words in 2010
The Rattigan Enigma in 2010
Sherlock in 2010–2017
Parade’s End in 2012
The Simpsons in 2013
The Colbert Report in 2014
The Hollow Crown in 2016
Saturday Night Live in 2016
The Child in Time in 2017
Patrick Melrose in 2018
Brexit: The Uncivil War in 2019
Good Omens in 2019
What If…? in 2021
Saturday Night Live in 2022
Start appear in films
In addition to appearing in more than 20 movies, Benedict Cumberbatch has also had roles in many successful films. Some of his famous films include “Amazing Grace”, “Atonement”, and “The Fifth Estate”. He is also known for his role as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.
In 2010, Benedict Cumberbatch work in a blockbuster film call Sherlock Holmes which was release all over the world. This film could be seen by approximately 39 million people from 2011 to 2013 which made it the highest-grossing movie franchise based on a TV show and grossed over $1 billion dollars.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s career took off like a rocket ship with many awards and nominations from different award shows from around the globe. Some of these awards are “BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor” and “British Academy Television Award for Best Actor”.
He has also won many different fashion design awards such as the “Online Records Critics” award, Fashion Designers Guild of America award, Clio Awards.
He has starred in television series such as Spooks, Fortysomething, and Hawking. Some of his other successful shows include Tipping the Velvet and Ashes to Ashes which helped him boost up to his success.
In addition to his successful television career, he has had a great film career that is loved by many people from all around the world.
Hills Like White Elephants in 2002
To Kill a King in 2003
Starter for 10 in 2006
Amazing Grace in 2006
Inseparable in 2007
Atonement in 2007
The Other Boleyn Girl in 2008
Creation in 2009
Burlesque Fairytales in 2009
Four Lions in 2010
Third Star in 2010
The Whistleblower in 2010
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011
Wreckers in 2011
War Horse in 2011
Girlfriend in a Coma in 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012
Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013
Little Favour in 2013
12 Years a Slave in 2013
The Fifth Estate in 2013
August: Osage County in 2013
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 2013
The Imitation Game in 2014
Penguins of Madagascar in 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014
Black Mass in 2015
Zoolander 2 in 2016
Doctor Strange in 2016
The Current War in 2017
Thor: Ragnarok in 2017
Avengers: Infinity War in 2018
The Grinch in 2018
The Dog Days of Winter in 2018
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle in 2018
Avengers: Endgame in 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie in 2019
1917 in 2019
The Courier in 2020
The Mauritanian in 2021
The Power of the Dog in 2021
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain in 2021
Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021
The Bubble in 2022
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022
Awards and Honors
Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominate for different awards from across the globe. Some of the awards that he has been nominated for are BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a supporting role, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series, or motion picture made for TV.
He was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.