Benedict Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch in 2019 Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting. He first performed at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in Shakespearean productions and made his West End debut in Richard Eyre's revival of ''Hedda Gabler'' in 2005. Since then, he has starred in the Royal National Theatre productions ''After the Dance'' (2010) and ''Frankenstein'' (2011). In 2015, he played the title role in ''Hamlet'' at the Barbican Theatre.

Cumberbatch's television work includes appearances in ''Silent Witness'' (2002) and ''Fortysomething'' (2003) before playing Stephen Hawking in the television film ''Hawking'' in 2004. He has starred as Sherlock Holmes in the series ''Sherlock'' from 2010 to 2017. He has also headlined Tom Stoppard's adaptation of ''Parade's End'' (2012), ''The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses'' (2016) and ''Patrick Melrose'' (2018).

In film, Cumberbatch has starred in ''Amazing Grace'' (2006) as William Pitt the Younger, ''Star Trek Into Darkness'' (2013) as Khan, ''12 Years a Slave'' (2013) as William Prince Ford, ''The Fifth Estate'' (2013) as Julian Assange, and ''The Imitation Game'' (2014) as Alan Turing. He also acted in the historical dramas ''The Current War'' (2017), ''1917'' (2019) and ''The Courier'' (2020). From 2012 to 2014, through voice and motion capture, he played the characters of Smaug and Sauron in ''The Hobbit'' film series. In superhero films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has played Dr. Stephen Strange in ''Doctor Strange'' (2016), ''Thor: Ragnarok'' (2017), ''Avengers: Infinity War'' (2018), and ''Avengers: Endgame'' (2019); he is slated to reprise his roles in ''Spider-Man: No Way Home'' (2021) and ''Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'' (2022).

Cumberbatch has received numerous accolades, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for ''Frankenstein'' and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for ''Sherlock''. His performance in ''The Imitation Game'' earned him nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award, all for Best Actor. For playing the title role in five-part drama miniseries Patrick Melrose, he won BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. In 2014 ''Time'' magazine included him in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2015 he was appointed a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to the performing arts and to charity. Provided by Wikipedia
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