Actor Benedict Cumberbatch possessed the kind of talent that could stand the test of time, as proven by his uncanny ability to portray characters from any time period - from the Victorian era to the 2...
London, England, GB
|To the Ends of the Earth||Actor||Edmund Talbot||1|
|Parade's End||Actor||Christopher Tietjens||1|
|The Last Enemy||Actor||Stephen Ezard||1|
|Episode 2||Actor||Stephen Ezard||1|
|The Fifth Estate||Actor||Julian Assange||1|
|Episode 5||Actor||Stephen Ezard||1|
|Episode 3||Actor||Stephen Ezard||1|
|Episode 4||Actor||Stephen Ezard||1|
|Parade's End (2011-2012)||Actor||Christopher Teitjens||2011||1|
|Sherlock (2009-2013)||Actor||Sherlock Holmes||2009||1|
|Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2008-2009)||Actor||Voice of Stephen Hawking||2008||1|
|Stuart: A Life Backwards (2006-2007)||Actor||Alexander Masters||2006||1|
|To The Ends of the Earth (2005-2006)||Actor||Edmund Talbot||2005||1|
|Did God Create the Universe?||Actor||Voice of Stephen Hawking||1|
|Love Is a Many Splintered Thing||Voice||Alan Rickman / the Prime Minister||1000006|
|Stephen Hawking's Grand Design (2010-2011)||Voice||Of Stephen Hawking||2010||1000006|
|12 Years a Slave||Actor||Ford||1|
|Amazing Grace||Actor||William Pitt||1|
|2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards (2012-2013)||Actor||Honoree(The Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year)||2012||1|
|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Voice||Smaug/Necromancer||1000008|
|Small Island (2008-2009)||Actor||Bernard||2008||1|
|Starter For 10||Actor||Patrick||1|
|August: Osage County||Actor||Little Charles Aiken||1|
|War Horse||Actor||Maj. Jamie Stewart||1|
|The Other Boleyn Girl||Actor||William Carey||1|
|Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy||Actor||Peter Guillam||1|
|Star Trek Into Darkness||Actor||Khan||1|
|The Whistleblower||Actor||Nick Kaufman||1|
|Season: 1||Actor||Jim North||1|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Actor||Necromancer||1|
|Starred in title role on modern day adaptation of "Sherlock" (BBC)|
|Among the ensemble cast of "August: Osage County"|
|Portrayed noted scientist Stephen Hawking in BBC biopic "Hawking"|
|Returned to his miniseries roots with a lead role in the thriller "The Last Enemy" (BBC)|
|Appeared in the period drama "12 Years a Slave"|
|Played the dragon Smaug in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"|
|Earned rave reviews for his performance in BBC miniseries "To the Ends of the Earth," based on a trilogy of novels by William Golding|
|Starred as Julian Assange in "The Fifth Estate"|
|Played the famed Dutch post-impressionist painter in "Van Gogh: Painted with Words" (BBC)|
|Cast as The Necromancer in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson|
|Cast in the period drama "Atonement" opposite Keira Knightley and James McAvoy|
|Featured as the villain in the hit sci-fi sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness"|
|Began acting while attending Harrow School in London|
|Played one of the sons of a middle-aged doctor (Hugh Laurie) who can hear the inner thoughts of others on "Fortysomething" (ITV)|
|Made feature film debut in war drama "To Kill a King"|
|Taught English in a Tibetan monastery|
|Appeared in the Oscar nominated films "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"|
The man with the unlikely marquee name, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, was born on July 19, 1976 in London, England to British actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. He attended Brambletye School in West Sussex and then Harrow School in London, where he first began dabbling as an actor. Cumberbatch then took a year off to teach English in a Tibetan monastery, before attending the University of Manchester as a drama student. After continuing his training at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he began making the rounds on stage, appearing in productions such as "Hedda Gabler" (2005) and in the 2011 stage production of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." During this time, he also began making inroads on television with guest starring roles on dramas like "Silent Witness" (BBC, 1996- ) and in the 2003 made-for-TV historical movie "Cambridge Spies," about the lives of four British men recruited to spy for Russia in the early 1930s. In 2003, Cumberbatch joined the cast of ITV's "Fortysomething," as one of the sex-obsessed sons of a middle-aged doctor (Hugh Laurie) who can hear the inner thoughts of others.
Cumberbatch's career took off after starring in the 2004 BBC biopic "Hawking," a critically acclaimed drama about the early days of noted physicist Stephen Hawking while working at the University of Cambridge. He continued to earn rave reviews for his performances in the BBC miniseries "To the Ends of the Earth," based on a trilogy of novels by William Golding that told the story of a young British aristocrat who travels to Australia by ship in 1812. By this time, Cumberbatch had become a widely sought film actor in period pieces like "Atonement" (2007) and "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), as one of King Henry VIII's courtiers and husband of Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson). He returned to his miniseries roots with a lead role in the thriller "The Last Enemy" (BBC, 2008), a story of a government conspiracy involving a deadly virus as seen through the eyes of a mathematical genius. The talented actor next tackled a string of British films and TV projects including "Small Island" (BBC, 2009) and "Van Gogh: Painted with Words" (2010), a small-screen drama where he delivered an impassioned performance as famed Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh.
Cumberbatch then took pop culture by storm as star of the BBC hit detective drama series "Sherlock," a modern take on the classic tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about Britain's most famous sleuth and his partner, Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman). Cumberbatch's quirky yet confident portrayal of Holmes was decidedly his breakout role, earning him critical acclaim as well as commercial success beyond his native England. Early in the season, Cumberbatch wowed critics and fans alike by bringing a classic literary figure into the 21st century and making him relevant in the age of the Internet. He was duly honored with an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2012. In addition, the actor's unconventionally handsome looks made him a bona fide heartthrob on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, Cumberbatch continued making waves by appearing in the Oscar-nominated thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," as a former head of the British intelligence who is demoted to run a branch of the service known as "the scalp hunters." He also appeared that year in Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," a story of a teenage boy in England who enlists to serve in World War I after his horse is sold to the cavalry.
By 2012, Cumberbatch's career was on a remarkable rise, and he even accumulated his own diehard fan base, known collectively as the "Cumberb*tches." After starring in the lauded period miniseries "Parade's End" (BBC/HBO, 2012) with Rebecca Hall, he filmed his highly secretive role as the main villain in "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), marking his arrival as a full-blown movie star. Playing a character both sinister and sympathetic in the summer blockbuster, he fittingly followed up that performance as the fearsome dragon Smaug in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013). In case there was any question that 2013 was the Year of Cumberbatch, he also portrayed less fantastical characters in the acclaimed historical drama "12 Years a Slave," the Julian Assange biopic "The Fifth Estate" and the family saga "August: Osage County," all roles that required the actor's compelling charm and nuanced presence.
The Hobbits are back, they’ve escaped Misty Mountain, and Bilbo (Martin Freeman) has the One Ring. Now they just need to get their gold back from the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also features Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Ian McKellen.
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