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Updated: Nov 19, 2023

Age: 47

Born: 19th July 1976

Benedict Cumberbatchis an English actor. Known for his work on screen and stage, he has received various accolades, including a BAFTA Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Laurence Olivier Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes. Cumberbatch studied drama at the Victoria University of Manchester and obtained a Master of Arts in classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He began acting in Shakespearean theatre productions before making his West End debut in Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler in 2005. Since then, he has starred in Royal National Theatre productions of After the Dance (2010) and Frankenstein (2011), winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for the latter. In 2015, he played the title role in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre.

Cumberbatch's television work includes his performance as Stephen Hawking in the film Hawking (2004). He gained wide recognition for portraying Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock from 2010 to 2017, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. For playing the title role in the miniseries Patrick Melrose (2018), he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor.

In films, Cumberbatch received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (2014) and a volatile rancher in The Power of the Dog (2021). He has acted in several period dramas, including Amazing Grace (2006), The Current War (2017), and The Courier (2020). He has also starred in numerous blockbuster films portraying Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Smaug and Sauron in The Hobbit film series (2012–2014), and Dr. Stephen Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including in the films Doctor Strange (2016) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).


Our Top 10 Benedict Cumberbatch movie/shows...

  1. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (2023)

  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

  3. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

  5. What If?... (2021 TV)

  6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

  7. The Power of the Dog (2021)

  8. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

  9. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014)

  10. Doctor Strange (2016)




The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Saturday 18th November, BBCFour, 10:35pm

Richard III

The country seems to be finally at peace under the rule of Edward IV and the House of York. However, a new threat emerges from within the King's own family, as his ruthless younger brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, sets plans in motion to take the throne for himself. Beginning by arranging the imprisonment of unsuspecting middle brother George, Richard manipulates and murders all who stand in his way. As he rises in power, the Duke of Richmond raises an army to overthrow him, leading to the final battle of the Wars of the Roses. Shakespeare adaptation starring Cumberbatch.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Sky Cinema Middle Earth

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Sky Cinema Middle Earth

Zoolander 2 (2016)


Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (2023)


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange (2016)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

What If?... (2021)


War Horse (2011)


The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014)

What's your favourite Benedict Cumberbatch performance?


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