Benedict Cumberbatch, whose full name is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. He came into this world on July 19, 1976, in London, England. He became an acclaimed British motion picture, theatre, and television actor. In particular, he is known for his portrayals of intelligent, often upper-crust characters. Moreover, for his deep resonant voice, and his distinctively unique name.
He gained widespread popularity playing a modern Sherlock Holmes in the television series Sherlock (2010– 2017). Specifically, this is where I became a Cumberbitch ( a self-coined term used to refer to avid fans of Benedict Cumberbatch)instantly. While subsequently, he garnered a succession of substantial roles in mainstream feature films that propelled him into international stardom.
Benedict began his acting career in the theatre in the early 2000s by acting in a handful of roles on TV. He made his film debut in 2006. It was the BBC show Sherlock that gave him global stardom. A favorite of mine as a fan of the Sherlock Holmes franchise. He played the titular role in the modern-day adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular detective stories. He found further fame Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whereas this is a role he is reprising in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Need I say anymore! Keep on reading for interesting facts about his life and career that you may not be aware of.
Benedict Cumberbatch was born on 19 July 1976, in London, England, to Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. Cumberbatch started acting at a young age while attending London’s Harrow School. He was a member of The Rattigan Society, a club for the dramatic arts.
He made his acting debut as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was 12 years old. After he graduated from Harrow, Cumberbatch took a gap year to volunteer as an English teacher in Darjeeling, India, before he attended the Victoria University of Manchester, where he studied drama.
He continued acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he graduated with a master’s of arts in classical acting.
His Start in Films
Cumberbatch starred in the 2011 Royal National Theatre adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in which he alternated Jonny Lee Miller in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creature. He earned rave reviews for his work and won several major theatrical awards, including the 2012 Olivier Award in Britain. He rounded out 2011 with roles in two high-profile films, Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and a big-screen adaptation of author John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
After rising to fame as yet another modern-day incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, the effervescent Benedict Cumberbatch inevitably became a regular fixture of those lists that attempt to find the world’s most eligible bachelors. Anyone hoping to ensnare the classically-trained actor was, therefore, left broken-hearted when he revealed that he’d been taken off the shelf for good.
Benedict Cumberbatch is married to the British Theatre and Opera director Sophie Hunter.
Sophie Hunter, an actor-turned-opera director, is the lucky lady who has captured the heart of the thinking woman’s crumpet. And within a year pf dating, the loved-up pair became husband and wife. Unsurprisingly for a man who’s always been fairly dismissive of the press, Cumberbatch hasn’t exactly been too forthcoming about what makes him and his partner tick. Understandably, Benedict has remained private about his personal life. You could say that he is a hopeless romantic. In a recent Mother’s Day, 2022 SNL show, monologue he paid tribute to his beautiful wife. I sure did melt into a puddle at the sweet gesture.
The loving couple had three sons, namely Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch, Finn Cumberbatch, and Hal Auden Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch achieved a new level of fame as the villain Khan in the Hollywood blockbuster Star Trek into Darkness (2013). That same year he played WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange The Fifth Estate; a well-intentioned slave owner in 12 Years a Slave, an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s narrative (1853) of his life in captivity; and a hapless young man in August: Osage County, based on the play by Tracy Letts. He also lent his posh growl to the computer-animated dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), the second installment in director Peter Jackson’s film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.
Other Prominent Roles
In 2014, Cumberbatch starred as mathematician and logician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, voiced an animated wolf in the comedy Penguins of Madagascar, and reprised his role as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Cumberbatch returned to the stage as the titular Danish prince in a 2015 production of Hamlet. The entire run of the show, produced at the Barbican Centre, sold out a year in advance of the play’s opening. Also in 2015, he appeared in the film Black Mass as a state senator (and brother of gangster Whitey Bulger).
His Early Contributions to Films and Television
Cumberbatch returned to television in A Child in Time (2017), a movie adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name about a father whose child goes missing, and Patrick Melrose (2018), a miniseries based on five novels by Edward St. Aubyn focuses on a self-destructive English gentleman as he reckons about his past. Cumberbatch supplied his distinctive voice for the animated features The Grinch and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (both 2018), playing the eponymous curmudgeon and the villainous tiger Shere Khan, respectively.
In a new interview with the National Post, the Marvel actor was asked about the superhero’s future within the MCU, and whether or not he could see himself donning the (sentient) cloak throughout the next decade.