Academy Award nominee BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH is best known for playing the title role of “Sherlock Holmes” in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ stunning adaption of the Conan Doyle books. It is a role that has earned him international acclaim and several awards, including an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2014.
In 2015, Cumberbatch portrayed “Alan Turing” in the multi award winning film The Imitation Game. It was a role that earned him overwhelming critical acclaim and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Notable big screen performances include the role of the dragon “Smaug” in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, “Khan” in JJ Abrams’ blockbuster Star Trek: Into Darkness, “Julian Assange” in The Fifth Estate, “Little Charles Aiken” in August: Osage County, “Ford” in Steve McQueen’s Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave and “Billy Bulger” alongside Johnny Depp in Black Mass. Other film work includes “Major Stewart” in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse and “Peter Guillam” alongside Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Starter For 10, Amazing Grace, Stuart: A Life Backward, The Other Boleyn Girl and the role of the dastardly “Paul Marshall” in Joe Wright’s Oscar nominated Atonement. Due for release are roles in Mowgli and The Grinch.
Cumberbatch studied Drama at Manchester University before training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Early TV roles included To The Ends Of The Earth, The Last Enemy and his incredibly powerful portrayal of “Stephen Hawking” in the BBC’s highly acclaimed drama Hawking, which earned him his first BAFTA nomination. A second BAFTA nomination came in 2010 for his portrayal of “Bernard” in the BBC adaptation of Small Island. Cumberbatch’s portrayal of “Christopher Tietjens” in the BBC/HBO drama Parade’s End earned him an Emmy nomination. In 2016, his portrayal of “Richard III” in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown series cemented his place as one of the finest actors of his generation, earning him another BAFTA nomination. A fourth series of Sherlock aired in January 2017 to record-breaking international audiences.
On stage, there have been two seasons in Regent’s Park with The New Shakespeare Co., “Lyngstrand” in Trevor Nunn’s production of The Lady From The Sea; “George” in Tennessee Williams’ Period Of Adjustment; “Tesman” in Richard Eyre’s stunning West End ensemble production of Hedda Gabler, for which he received Olivier and Ian Charleston Award nominations; “Bérenger” in Ionesco’s Rhinoceros; plus The Arsonists and The City at the Royal Court and “David Scott Fowler” in Thea Sharrock’s award-winning National Theatre production of the Rattigan revival After The Dance.
In 2011, Cumberbatch returned to the National Theatre, alternating the roles of “The Creature” and “Dr. Frankenstein” in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein, earning him a Laurence Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor. In 2015, his “Hamlet” at London’s Barbican Theatre broke box office records.
More recently, Cumberbatch played the title role of “Stephen Strange” in Marvel’s Doctor Strange and “Thomas Edison” in The Current Wars. In Spring 2018, he will once again take on his role as “Dr. Strange” when Avengers: Infinity War gets its international release. Most recently, he starred in the television movie The Child In Time.