Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Highest Rated: 100% The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019)

Lowest Rated: 22% Zoolander No. 2 (2016)

Birthday: Jul 19, 1976

Birthplace: London, England, UK

One of the most well-respected British thespians of his generation, Benedict Cumberbatch may have taken the classic route to acting fame: spouting off Shakespeare at drama school, followed by BBC roles and eventually films, but his type of fame is decidedly 21st century. Cumberbatch is beloved by a very devoted cadre of fans, who line the stranger corners of the internet with all sorts of fan art and memes dedicated to their favorite actor. From Oscar nominated prestige dramas to Marvel superhero tentpole blockbusters, there was no limit to Cumberbatch's range, one might even call him a leading man disguised as an eccentric character actor. Born on July 19. 1976 in London to actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, Cumberbatch came from literal royalty: his third cousin sixteen times removed was Richard III. While away at boarding school, Cumberbatch became interested in acting. He made his stage debut at the age of 12, playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in a school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Before university, Cumberbatch took a gap year to teach English at a Tibetan monastery, which began a lifetime of studying Buddhist philosophy. After earning his masters in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Cumberbatch began working on the stage. His breakthrough in the UK came when he was cast as Stephen Hawking in the miniseries "Hawking" (BBC, 2004), soon followed by an acclaimed role in the film "Amazing Grace" (2006). Cumberbatch next earned his first lead role, in the miniseries "The Last Enemy" (BBC, 2008), before landing the part that would make him a cause celebrae on both sides of the pond: Sherlock Holmes. "Sherlock" (BBC/PBS, 2012-) was a thoroughly modern take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic sleuth: Cumberbatch's Holmes was acerbic and dangerous, and with Martin Freeman's Watson as his foil, Cumberbatch got to delightfully chew the scenery. His performance in the third season netted him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Speaking of movies, Cumberbatch's next big role was as a lovesick closeted spy hunting down a mole in Tomas Alfredsson's acclaimed take on the John le Careé classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011). Thanks to his growing online fandom, Cumberbatch soon found himself on the radar of major filmmakers casting big tentpole projects: for Peter Jackson he lended his voice to the villainous dragon Smaug across three films: "The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey" (2012), "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013), and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (2014), while also taking on the role of the legendary sci-fi heavy, Khan, for JJ Abrams's "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013). For his turn as Alan Turing, inventor of the modern computer who was tormented by British law for his homosexuality, in the drama "The Imitation Game" (2014), Cumberbatch received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. This also lead to Cumberbatch signing an open letter, published in The Guardian on January 31, 2015, asking the British government to pardon all gay and bisexual men who were convicted under the same defunct "indecency" laws as Alan Turing. Cumberbatch was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015 for his services on behalf of the arts and charity. For his next role, Cumberbatch took on the titular role of "Doctor Strange" (2016) in Marvel's most psychedelic superhero adventure yet. He would reprise the role for "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) and "Avengers: Endgame" (2019). Cumberbatch earned another Emmy nomination for his lead role in the miniseries "Patrick Melrose" (HBO, 2018), before taking things full circle to the beginning of his career by taking the job of president of LAMDA, his old alma mater. Cumberbatch could next be seen in Sam Mendes' World War I drama "1917" (2019).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet There's a Hole in My Bucket Narrator - 2020
82% No Score Yet The Courier Greville Wynne (Character) - 2020
80% 65% Brexit Dominic Cummings (Character) - 2019
74% 43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Himself (Character) - 2019
94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange (Character) $858.4M 2019
100% No Score Yet The Tiger Who Came to Tea Unknown (Voice) - 2019
89% 88% 1917 Colonel Mackenzie (Character) $159.2M 2019
61% 79% The Current War: Director's Cut Thomas Edison (Character),
Executive Producer
$6M 2019
53% 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Shere Khan (Voice) - 2018
60% 50% Dr. Seuss' The Grinch The Grinch (Voice) $270.6M 2018
85% 91% Avengers: Infinity War Dr. Stephen Strange (Character) $678.8M 2018
79% 46% The Child in Time Stephen (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2017
81% 58% Walk With Me Narrator $716.5K 2017
93% 87% Thor: Ragnarok Doctor Strange (Character) $315M 2017
89% 86% Doctor Strange Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange (Character) $232.6M 2016
22% 20% Zoolander No. 2 All (Character) $28.8M 2016
No Score Yet 73% Black Mass Bill Bulger (Character) $62.6M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Solar Superstorms Narrator - 2015
No Score Yet 77% Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet Narrator - 2014
73% 63% Penguins of Madagascar Agent Classified (Voice) $83.3M 2014
59% 74% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Smaug (Voice) $255.1M 2014
90% 91% The Imitation Game Alan Turing (Character) $91.1M 2014
95% 90% 12 Years a Slave William Ford (Character) $56.7M 2013
89% 81% Jerusalem Narrator $8M 2013
85% 72% Stephen Hawking Biography Unknown (Character) - 2013
74% 85% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Smaug (Voice) $258.4M 2013
84% 89% Star Trek Into Darkness John Harrison (Character) $228.8M 2013
36% 36% The Fifth Estate Julian Assange (Character) $3.3M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet Narrator - 2013
67% 65% August: Osage County Little Charles Aiken (Character) $37.7M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Frankenstein The Creature / Victor Frankenstein (Character) - 2011
75% 74% War Horse Major Stewart (Character) $79.9M 2011
92% 54% Wreckers David (Character) - 2011
83% 65% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Peter Guillam (Character) $24.1M 2011
47% 84% Third Star James (Character) - 2010
75% 71% The Whistleblower Nick Phillips (Character) $1.1M 2010
No Score Yet 56% Burlesque Fairytales Henry Clark (Character) - 2009
46% 49% Creation Joseph Hooker (Character) $340.6K 2009
82% 80% Four Lions Ed (Character) $304.1K 2009
43% 62% The Other Boleyn Girl William Carey (Character) $26.8M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: Murder Is Easy Luke Fitzwilliam (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 85% Stuart: A Life Backwards Alexander Masters (Character) - 2007
83% 80% Atonement Paul Marshall (Character) $50.9M 2007
90% 66% Starter for 10 Patrick (Character) $210.1K 2006
67% 85% Amazing Grace William Pitt (Character) $21.2M 2006
No Score Yet 86% Hawking Stephen Hawking (Character) - 2004

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018-2019 2015-2016 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018-2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2019 2016 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2018 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2018
No Score Yet 58% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2016-2018 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2018 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2018 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2018 2013-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2018 2014
90% 43% Patrick Melrose Patrick Melrose (Character),
Executive Producer
2018
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
78% 83% Sherlock Sherlock Holmes (Character) 2017 2014 2012 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character),
Guest
2016 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2016
98% 82% Henry V: The Hollow Crown Richard III (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock Holmes (Character) 2016 2014 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet EP Daily Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
No Score Yet 66% Top Gear Guest 2013
85% 77% The Simpsons Severus Snape / Prime Minister (Guest Voice) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Parade's End Christopher Tietjens (Character) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Unknown (Character) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Small Island on Masterpiece Bernard (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet South Pacific Narrator 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Enemy on Masterpiece Unknown (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dunkirk Lieutenant Jimmy Langley (Character) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortysomething Unknown (Character) 2003

QUOTES FROM Benedict Cumberbatch CHARACTERS

Stephen Vincent Strange says: I don't believe in fairy tales about chakras or energy or the power of belief.

Stephen Vincent Strange says: Why are you doing this?

The Ancient One says: There are other ways to save lives; so much you don't know.

Stephen Vincent Strange says: ...Teach me.

Stephen Vincent Strange says: Teach me.

Sherlock Holmes says: We all have a past, Watson. Ghosts. They're the shadows that define our ever sunny day.

Sherlock Holmes says: The stage is set. The curtain rises. We are ready to begin.

William Bulger says: Jimmy's business is Jimmy's business.

Alan Turing says: Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

Alan Turing says: Of course machines can't think as people do. A machine is different from a person. Hence, they think differently. The interesting question is, just because something, uh.. thinks differently from you, does that mean it's not thinking? Well, we allow for humans to have such divergences from one another. You like strawberries, I hate ice-skating, you cry at sad films, I am allergic to pollen. What is the point of...of... different tastes, different... preferences, if not, to say that our brains work differently, that we think differently? And if we can say that about one another, then why can't we say the same thing for brains... built of copper and wire, steel?

Alan Turing says: Machines can never think as humans do but just because something thinks differently from you, does it mean it's not thinking?

Alan Turing says: Was I God? No. Because God didn't win the war. We did.

Alan Turing says: I like solving problems, Commander. And Enigma is the most difficult problem in the world.

Commander Denniston says: Enigma isn't difficult, it's impossible. The Americans, the Russians, the French, the Germans, everyone thinks Enigma is unbreakable.

Alan Turing says: Good. Let me try and we'll know for sure, won't we?

Alan Turing says: Think of it. A digital computer. Electrical brain.

Alan Turing says: Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. but remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes... hollow.

Commander Denniston says: Have you ever won a war, Turing? I have. Do you know how it's done? Order, discipline, chain of command. You're not at university any longer. You are a very small cog in a very large system. And you will do as your commanding officer instructs.

Commander Denniston says: Yes

Alan Turing says: (clears throat) Who-who is your commanding officer?

Commander Denniston says: Winston Churchill, Number 10 Downing Street, London, SW1.

Alan Turing says: Are you paying attention?

Agent Classified says: We can't all be penguins.

Agent Classified says: Click on the button with the picture of the microphone.

Alan Turing says: Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

Alan Turing says: Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

Smaug says: Come out. Don't be shy. Step into the light.

Little Charles Aiken says: (getting up) I have a truth to tell.

Violet Weston says: It speaks!

Little Charles Aiken says: I can't believe that I missed Uncle Bev's funeral.

Charles Aiken says: That can't compare to what you have in your heart.

John Harrison says: You should have let me sleep!

Ford says: What is the price for the ones Platt and Eliza?

Freeman says: A thousand for Platt; he is a nigger of talent. Seven hundred for Eliza. My fairest price.

Ford says: You will accept a note?

Freeman says: Always from you, Mr. Ford.

Ford says: I believe Tibeats is skulkin' about the premises somewhere. He wants you dead, and he will attempt to have you so. It's no longer safe for you here. And I don't believe you will remain passive if Tibeats attacks. I have transferred my debt to Edwin Epps. He will take charge of you.

Solomon Northrup says: Master Ford, you must know; I am not a slave.

Ford says: I cannot hear that.

Solomon Northrup says: Before I came to you I was a free man.

Ford says: I am trying to save your life! And... I have a debt to be mindful of. That, now, is to Edwin Epps. He is a hard man. Prides himself on being a "nigger breaker." But truthfully I could find no others who would have you. You've made a reputation of yourself. Whatever your circumstances, you are an exceptional nigger, Platt. I fear no good will come of it.

Smaug says: Revenge? I will show you revenge!

Smaug says: I am King Under the Mountain!

Smaug says: I am King Under the Mountain!

Smaug says: I am fire... I am death.

Smaug says: My teeth are swords! My claws are spears! My wings are a hurricane!

Smaug says: You will burn!

Smaug says: I am fire. I am death.

Smaug says: I am death!

Smaug says: I am fire! I am... death.

Bilbo Baggins says: What have we done

Smaug says: Do not think that flattery will keep you alive.

Smaug says: I am fire. I am Death.

Smaug says: I am fire! I am... death!

Smaug says: I am the King Under the Mountain!

Smaug says: I am fire. I am death.

Smaug says: There is nowhere to hide!

Smaug says: Come now! Don't be shy. Step into the light!

Smaug says: Well, thief! Where are you?!

Smaug says: Well, thief! Where are you?

Kirk says: Why would a Starfleet admiral ask a three-hundred-year-old frozen man for help?

John Harrison says: Because I am better.

Kirk says: At what?

John Harrison says: Everything. Alexander Marcus needed to respond to an uncivilized threat in a civilized time, and for that, he needed a warrior's mind - my mind - to design weapons and warships.

Spock says: You are suggesting the Admiral violated every regulation he vowed to uphold, simply because he wanted to exploit your intellect...

John Harrison says: He wanted to exploit my savagery! Intellect alone is useless in a fight, Mr. Spock. You, you can't even break a rule - how can you be expected to break bone? Marcus used me to design weapons. I helped him realize his vision of a militarized Starfleet. He sent you to use those weapons, to fire my torpedoes on an unsuspecting planet, and then he purposely crippled your ship in enemy space, leading to one inevitable outcome: the Klingons would come searching for whoever was responsible, and you would have no chance of escape. Marcus would finally have the war he talked about, the war he always wanted.

Stephen Hawking says: Can you hear me? Can you hear me? Can you hear me?

Smaug says: I am King Under the Mountain!!

John Harrison says: He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I had designed. But, I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that Marcus had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So, I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?

John Harrison says: You should have let me sleep!

John Harrison says: Darkness is coming.

John Harrison says: I am better

John Harrison says: I am better.

Kirk says: At what?

John Harrison says: Everything

John Harrison says: Everything.

John Harrison says: You think you're safe, you're not.

John Harrison says: You think you're safe? You're not.

John Harrison says: So Shall We Begin!

John Harrison says: So shall we begin!

John Harrison says: Darkness is coming!

John Harrison says: my name is khan

John Harrison says: My name is Khan.

John Harrison says: If you think you are safe at warp, you're wrong.

James Kirk says: I watched you murder innocent men and women! I will make you answer for what you've done!

John Harrison says: You have no idea what you've done. I will walk over your cold corpses.

James Kirk says: Why would Starfleet ask a three-hundred year-old frozen man for help?

John Harrison says: Because I am better.

James Kirk says: At what?

John Harrison says: Everything. .

John Harrison says: My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?

John Harrison says: Your commanders have committed a crime I cannot forgive. None of you are safe. Have I got your attention now?

John Harrison says: Captain you going to punch me over and over until your arm weakens.

John Harrison says: No ship should go down without her captain.

John Harrison says: You can't even break a rule Mr. Spock, how could you be expected to break bones?

James Kirk says: Give me one good reason why I should believe you

John Harrison says: I can give you 72 captain,and they're on board your ship,they have been all along

John Harrison says: Your crew requires oxygen. Mine does not.

John Harrison says: It seems apt that I should return your crew to you. After all, a ship should not go down with its captain.

John Harrison says: Your captain is back on board. After all, no ship should go down without her captain!

John Harrison says: You can't even break rules, how can you be expected to break bone?

John Harrison says: I surrendered to you because despite your attempt to convince me otherwise, you seem to have a conscience, Mr Kirk. If you did not, then it would be impossible for me to convince you of the truth. 23174611. Coordinates not far from there. If you want to know why I did what I did, go and take a look.

James Kirk says: Give me one reason why I should listen.

John Harrison says: I can give you 72, and they're on board your ship captain. They have been all along.

John Harrison says: Is there anything you would not do for your family?

John Harrison says: You think you're safe, you are not.

John Harrison says: I am better

James Kirk says: At what?

John Harrison says: Everything

John Harrison says: Darkness is coming.

John Harrison says: No ship should go down without her captain.

John Harrison says: No ship should go down without her captain.

John Harrison says: You are a pawn Kirk! You cannot even guarantee the safety of your own crew!

John Harrison says: You have no idea what you have done, i will walk over your could corpses.

John Harrison says: You have no idea what you have done, I will walk over your could corpses.

John Harrison says: Your commanders have committed a crime i cannot forgive, none of you are safe. Have i got your attention now?

John Harrison says: Your commanders have committed a crime I cannot forgive, none of you are safe. Have I got your attention now?

John Harrison says: You think your world is safe, it is an illusion. Enjoy these final moments of peace.

John Harrison says: You think your world is safe? It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace, for I have returned, to have my... vengeance.

John Harrison says: You think your world is safe? It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace, for I have returned, to have my vengeance.

John Harrison says: You think you're safe, you are not.

John Harrison says: You have no idea what you have done. I will walk over your cold corpses.

John Harrison says: I am better

James Kirk says: At what?

John Harrison says: Everything

John Harrison says: You think you're safe? You are not!

John Harrison says: Is there anything you would not do for your family?!

John Harrison says: Is there anything you would not do for your family?

John Harrison says: So, shall we begin?!

John Harrison says: So, shall we begin?

John Harrison says: You think your world is safe? It is an illusion. A comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned, to have my vengeance!

Major Jamie Stewart says: Be brave! Be brave!

Stephen Hawking says: There was a young lady named Bright, Whose speed was faster than light, She set out one day, in a relative way, And returned on the previous night.

Bill Haydon says: I thought I'd pop down and catch a glimpse at the new girl before Bland gets to her.

Peter Guillam says: Ah, yes, Belinda the Blonde.

Stephen Hawking says: What if it works for this? Could it work, Roger? What would happen if it did?

Stephen Hawking says: Bang!

Stephen Hawking says: We are very very small, but we are profoundly capable of very very big things

Stephen Hawking says: We are very very small, but we are profoundly capable of very very big things.

Stephen Hawking says: I believe in the possible. I believe, small though we are, is significant that we may be. We can reach our full understanding of the universe.

Major Jamie Stewart says: Gentlemen, it is an honor to ride beside you. Make the Kaiser rue the day he crossed swords with us. Let every man do himself, his King, his country, and his fallen comrades proud. Be brave.

Negotiator says: The report makes crystal clear that the police shot the right man, but as far as I'm aware, the wrong man exploded. Is that clear?