Benedict Cumberbatch is an English film, television, stage, and voice actor who provides the voice and motion capture for the dragon Smaug and the Necromancer (Sauron) in The Hobbit film trilogy.


His most acclaimed roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking (2004), Victor Frankenstein and his creature in Danny Boyle's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (2011) at the Royal National Theatre, Sherlock Holmes in the BBC/PBSseries Sherlock, where he works with Martin FreemanPeter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Christopher Tietjens in the BBC/HBO miniseries Parade's End (2013), Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (2013). Cumberbatch stars in the historical drama film, The Imitation Game (2014) as wartime cryptographer Alan Turing.[3]. That year, he was up for a Best Actor for his work as Turing but lost to Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything. In 2016, Cumberbatch took the role of Doctor Stephen Strange in the Marvel movies Doctor Strange (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). In 2018, He played Patrick Melrose in Showtime's five-part drama mini-series Patrick Melrose, which was based on the semi-autobiographical novels about Britain's upper class by Edward St Aubyn.

He has earned an Olivier Award, four BAFTA nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination among others. In September 2013, he was honoured by BAFTA Los Angeles with a Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year for his "masterful performances in television, film and theatre."[4][5] He ranked No. 1 in Empire magazine's worldwide poll of 100 Sexiest Movie Stars of 2013.[6 In 2014, he played the role Jamie Stewart in War Horse with co-star, Tom Hiddleston. Last year, he was given the role of Captain Mackenzie in 1917.


Benedict, at first, was going to turn down the role of Sherlock because he thought it was going to be something cheesy but, when he found out what they were going to do with it, he said yes without a second thought.

There's a wax figure of himself in Madam Tussauds in London.

In 2015, he tied the knot with Sophie Hunter and became the father of two boys.

He says that his work in The Imitation Game wasn't his best, even asking his parents to root for Eddie Redmayne instead.


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