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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch CMG. Cumberbatch attended Brambletye School and Harrow School. Whilst at Harrow, he had an arts scholarship and painted large oil canvases. It's also where he began acting. After he finished school, he took a year off to volunteer as an English teacher in a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India. On his return, he studied drama at Manchester University. He continued his training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art graduating with an M.A. in Classical Acting. By the time he had completed his studies, he already had an agent.Cumberbatch has worked in theatre, television, film and radio. His breakthrough on the big screen came in 2004 when he portrayed Stephen Hawking in the television movie Hawking (2004). In 2010, he became a household name as Sherlock Holmes on the British television series Sherlock (2010). In 2011, he appeared in two Oscar-nominated films - War Horse (2011) and La taupe (2011). He followed this with acclaimed roles in the science fiction fiction film Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), the Oscar-winning drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Fifth Estate (2013) and August: Osage County (2013). In 2014, he portrayed Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (2014) which earned him a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts and an Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role.Cumberbatch was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2015 Birthday Honours for his services to the performing arts and to charity.Cumberbatch's engagement to theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter, whom he has known for 17 years, was announced in the "Forthcoming Marriages" section of The Times newspaper on November 5, 2014. On February 14, 2015, the couple married at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on the Isle of Wight followed by a reception at Mottistone Manor. They have one child, a son (b. 2015).


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Born:
Jul 19, 1976 In Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
25
First Appeared:
In the series The Simpsons 1989-12-17
Latest Project:
Series The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-02-17

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 69 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Poster of Sherlock
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Parade's End Christopher Tietjens 5 episodes, 2012 2013-02-26
The Hollow Crown Richard / ... 2 episodes, 2016 2013-09-20
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design Narrator 3 episodes, 2012 2012-06-09
The Jonathan Ross Show Unknown 2011-09-03
Stephen Hawking's Universe Stephen Hawking 3 episodes, 2010 2010-04-25
Sherlock Sherlock Holmes 15 episodes, 2010-2017 2010-10-24
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Unknown 2009-06-14
Wild Pacific Narrator 6 episodes, 2009 2009-07-12
The Last Enemy Stephen Ezard 5 episodes, 2008 2008-10-05
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Nathan Barley Robin 2 episodes, 2005 2005-02-11
Marple Unknown 2005-04-17
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
To the Ends of the Earth Edmund Talbot 3 episodes, 2005 2005-07-06
Cambridge Spies Unknown 2003-05-09
Fortysomething Rory Slippery 6 episodes, 2003 2003-06-29
MI-5 Unknown 2003-07-22
Tipping the Velvet Unknown 2002-10-09
Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
Silent Witness Unknown 1997-01-03
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17