Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict CumberbatchDespite appearing only to have recently captured the attention (and hearts) of the nation, Cumberbatch has in fact been slogging away at the acting lark for years. Acting in a variety of classic plays from 2001, he gradually began to garner the attention of the press. As Tesman in Hedda Gabler at the Almeida (2005), he was nominated for an Olivier Award. He also gained critical acclaim for his television roles, including his portrayal of Stephen Hawking the in the eponymous Hawking, for which he was nominated for a ‘Best Actor’ BAFTA, and won the Golden Nymph award for ‘Best Performance by an Actor’.

His success hasn’t been limited to theatre and TV. While playing the part of smarmy team captain Patrick Watts in Starter for Ten (2006), he worked with general all-rounder and horror enthusiast Mark Gatiss, who had taken the role of Bamber Gascoigne. In 2008, Gatiss worked alongside Stephen Moffat to create Sherlock, which aired in 2010 with Cumberbatch in the title role. The programme has proved extraordinarily popular, consisting of two series so far, with a third scheduled for 2013.

Becoming increasingly ubiquitous with each passing day, the man who nearly called himself ‘Ben Carlton’ has seemingly had a hand in all of the truly great pieces of British cinema of the last few years: from the questionably seedy Paul Marshall in Atonement (2007) to Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and Major Stewart in War Horse (2011). Alongside a busy cinematic year, Cumberbatch also appeared in the demanding National Theatre production of Frankenstein (2011), alternating with Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature/Victor Frankenstein. For the production, he won both the ‘Best Actor’ Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and the ‘Best Actor’ Critics’ Circle Theatre Award.

GQ magazine named him ‘Actor of the Year 2011′, and with roles in The Hobbit and the next Star Trek film both scheduled for 2013, there is little doubt that the prolific and razor-cheekboned Cumberbatch while continue in his meteoric rise. With certain British papers already dubbing him a ‘national treasure’, we hope he still finds time in his outrageously busy schedule for series four of Cabin Pressure.

Film Credits

2002 – Hills Like White Elephants (short) – The Man
2003 – To Kill a King – Royalist
2006 – Starter for 10 – Patrick Watts
2006 – Amazing Grace – William Pitt the Younger
2007 – Inseparable (short) – Joe/Charlie
2007 – Atonement – Paul Marshall
2008 – The Other Boleyn Girl – William Carey
2008 – Burlesque Fairytales – Henry Clark
2009 – Creation – Joseph Hooker
2010 – Four Lions – Ed
2010 – Third Star – James
2010 – The Whistleblower – Nick Kaufman
2010 – Wreckers – David
2011 – War Horse – Major Stewart
2011 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Peter Guillam
2013 – The Hobbit – Smaug (through motion capture)
2013 – Untitled Star Trek sequel – undisclosed

TV Credits

2002 – Fields of Gold – Jeremy
2002 – Tipping the Velvet – Freddy
2002 – Silent Witness – Warren Reid
2003 – Cambridge Spies – Edward Hand
2003 – Spooks – Jim North
2003 – Fortysomething – Rory Slippery
2004 – Dunkirk – Lt. Jimmy Langley
2004 – Hawking – Stephen Hawking
2005 – To the Ends of the Earth – Edmund Talbot
2005 – Broken News – Will Parker
2005 – Nathan Barley – Robin
2007 – Stuart: A Life Backwards – Alexander Masters
2008 – The Last Enemy – Stephen Ezard
2009 – Marple: Murder is Easy – Luke Fitzwilliam
2009 – Small Island – Bernard Bligh
2010 – Van Gogh: Painted with Words – Vincent van Gogh
2010 – Have I Got News for You – Guest host
2010 – Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking – Narrator
2010 – The Rattigan Enigma by Benedict Cumberbatch – Presenter
2010 – Present – Sherlock – Sherlock Holmes
2012 – Parade’s End – Christopher Tietjens

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