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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 ... See full bio »
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 2016 Magik (post-production)
Lewis (voice)
 2016 Zoolander 2 (post-production) (rumored)
 2015 National Theatre Live: Hamlet (filming)
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
  The Current War (pre-production)
Thomas Edison
 2016 The Hollow Crown (TV Mini-Series)
Richard III
- Richard III (2016) ... Richard III
 2014 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
- Episode dated 11 December 2014 (2014) ... Smaug (voice)
 2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (Video Game)
Benedict Cumberbatch (voice)
 2013 Little Favour (Short)
 2013 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Severus Snape / Prime Minister
- Love Is a Many Splintered Thing (2013) ... Severus Snape / Prime Minister (voice)
 2012 Girlfriend in a Coma (Documentary)
Dante (voice)
 2011 Wreckers
 2011 Curiosity (TV Series documentary)
- Did God Create the Universe? (2011) ... Narrator (voice)
 2011 National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
The Creature / Victor Frankenstein
 2010 Third Star
 2010 Four Lions
 2009 Small Island (TV Movie)
 2009 Burlesque Fairytales
Henry Clark
 2008 The Last Enemy (TV Mini-Series)
Stephen Ezard
 2007 Inseparable (Short)
Joe / Charlie
 2005 Broken News (TV Series)
Will Parker
- Hijack (2005) ... Will Parker
- Crime (2005) ... Will Parker
- Tomato Flu (2005) ... Will Parker
 2005 Nathan Barley (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (2005) ... Robin
- Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Robin
 2004 Hawking (TV Movie)
Stephen Hawking
 1998-2004 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Toby Fisher / Charles / Party Guest
- No Hard Feelings (2004) ... Toby Fisher
- The Good Doctor (2000) ... Charles
- Hot Rocks (1998) ... Party Guest (uncredited)
 2004 Dunkirk (TV Movie documentary)
Lt Jimmy Langley
 2003 MI-5 (TV Series)
Jim North
- Episode #2.1 (2003) ... Jim North (uncredited)
 2003 Cambridge Spies (TV Mini-Series)
Edward Hand
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Edward Hand
 2003 To Kill a King
 2002 Hills Like White Elephants (Short)
The Man
 2002 Tipping the Velvet (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Freddy
 2002 Fields of Gold (TV Movie)
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His credits at London's Royal Court Theatre include Bérenger in "Rhinoceros" by Eugène Ionesco, Eisenring in "The Arsonists" by Max Frisch (2007) and Chris in "The City", a new play by Martin Crimp (2008). See more »

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1 Interview | 8 Articles | 18 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Benedikuto Kanbâbatchi


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[on being invited by Madonna to her London home to discuss playing Duke of Windsor (aka "Edward VIII") in W.E. (2011)] I'd whizzed round on my bike and thought we were going to have a read-through and a chat, but she wanted a full-on dress rehearsal... So I ended up in a suit and tie with Madonna operating the camera herself. See more »


Good friends with Jonny Lee Miller, with whom he shared the central roles of Frankenstein and his creature in Danny Boyle's stage production National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011) in 2011. Coincidentally, Miller was cast as Sherlock Holmes in Elementary (2012) and Cumberbatch has been playing the legendary detective in Sherlock (2010) since July 2010. See more »


Often portrays posh upper-class figures See more »



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