- NAME: Benedict Cumberbatch
- OCCUPATION: Actor
- BIRTH DATE: July 19, 1976 (Age: 37)
- EDUCATION: Harrow, University of Manchester, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
- PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
- AKA: Benedict Cumberbatch
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
Best Known For
Benedict Cumberbatch is a British screen actor, best known for his role on the BBC television show Sherlock.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Benedict Cumberbatch, born in London in 1976, is a British screen actor best known for his role in the BBC television show Sherlock. He has also appeared in Hollywood films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse and The Hobbit. In 2013, Cumberbatch starred as the villain in Star Trek: Into the Darkness. He has won several stage and screen acting awards.
Hailing from London, Benedict Cumberbatch was born with theater in his blood. His parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, were well-known television actors when they had their son on July 19, 1976. Despite their success, they tried to steer young Benedict away from the stage and sent him to Harrow public school, where he had been awarded an arts scholarship.
At Harrow, he displayed an interest in rugby and painting, but it was theater that captured his imagination. Under the mentorship of Martin Tyrrell, Cumberbatch's first role was as Titania, Queen of the Faeries, in the William Shakespeare play A Midsummer's Night Dream. Cumberbatch left Harrow, spent a year teaching English in Tibet, and then returned to England to study drama at the University of Manchester. After graduation, he spent a year at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Cumberbatch began his career with roles in classic plays and small television shows. In 2004, he portrayed a young Stephen Hawking coping with the early stages of motor neuron disease. Cumberbatch's performance earned him a BAFTA nomination. His first film was the 2006 college comedy Starter for 10. A year later, he appeared in the film Atonement and played opposite Tom Hardy in the TV movie Stuart: A Life Backwards.
In 2010, the BBC aired a modern adaptation of the story of Sherlock Holmes, which won widespread praise and granted stardom to Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock. Martin Freeman plays Holmes's sidekick, Dr. Watson.
In 2011, Cumberbatch seemed locked in a Hollywood trajectory with roles in the Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Steven Spielberg's World War I drama, War Horse. But he continued to appear on the London stage, this time in Danny Boyle's Frankenstein. The role required him to alternate playing Victor Frankenstein and playing his monster on opposite nights, and earned him an Olivier Award for Best Actor jointly with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller.
In the 2012 film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Cumberbatch provided the voice for the Necromancer, and the dragon, Smaug. He also played the villain in J.J. Abrams's Star Trek sequel, Star Trek: Into the Darkness (2013). Cumberbatch's film career continued to thrive in 2013 with such films as Steve McQueen's true life drama 12 Years a Slave. He also stars in The Fifth Estate (2013), playing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
In 2011, Cumberbatch broke up with his girlfriend of 12 years, Olivia Poulet, whom he had met at the University of Manchester. He has been rumored to be dating actress Liv Tyler.
© 2014 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Benedict Cumberbatch profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Learn more about the cast of The Hobbit film trilogy, based on the award-winning fantasy novel by famed English author J.R.R. Tolkien, who also wrote the well-received Lord of the Rings book series. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit franchise encompasses a wealth of talented actors, including Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Christopher Lee (Saruman) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Necromancer). Explore this group to learn more about the highly regarded series—which began with 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—and its abundant cast.
Cast of The Hobbit 11 people in this group
Learn more about the stars of the wildly popular Star Trek television and film franchise. Created by Gene Roddenberry in the early 1960s, this otherworldly series debuted on the small screen in '66 and has since seen dozens of installments, most recently the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Chris Hemsworth and Zachary Quinto. Learn more about other cast members of the franchise, including William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, George Takei, Kirstie Alley and Winona Ryder. Who knows, you might even discover your inner-Trekkie.
Star Trek Stars 20 people in this group
Famous Cancerians 589 people in this group