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Benedict Cumberbatch



When British actor Benedict Cumberbatch signed for his first cinematic roles in the early 2000s, he immediately unveiled a proclivity -- and a gift -- for essaying a diverse array of characterizations. Cumberbatch began with BBC television productions, notably a supporting part in the lesbian-themed period drama Tipping the Velvet (2002) and the lead role of the brilliant, physically disabled scientist Stephen Hawking in the BBC telemovie Hawking (2004). Cumberbatch landed one of his first significant international crossover roles (and his first major big-screen assignment) as one of the leads in Michael Apted's arthouse hit Amazing Grace (2006) -- portraying William Pitt, an 18th century British prime minister who crusaded against slavery.



While appearing on the British stage and in British television shows, Cumberbatch slowly built up an impressive résumé of supporting film roles. He had a small (but significant) part in Joe Wright's period drama Atonement (2007), and played William Carey, Mary Boleyn's husband in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).



In 2010, Cumberbatch took on his breakout role, playing Sherlock Holmes in a BBC series reboot. His career exploded after the show took off. He played The Necromancer/Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, a plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave and nabbed his first true starring role playing Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. In 2014 Cumberbatch portrayed the pioneering British mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and his work earned him a Best Actor nomination from the Academy, the first nod of his career.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Jungle Book
  • Shere Khan
2018
No Score Yet The War Magician
  • Jasper Maskelyne
2017
90% Doctor Strange
  • Stephen Vincent Strange
2016
No Score Yet NT Live: Frankenstein 2016 Encore
  • Actor
2016
23% Zoolander 2
  • All
2016
No Score Yet NT Live: Hamlet 2016 Encore
  • Hamlet
2016
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Hamlet Encore Screening
  • Actor
2015
74% Black Mass
  • William Bulger
2015
No Score Yet The Hobbit Trilogy
  • Actor
2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Necromancer/Smaug
2014
90% The Imitation Game
  • Alan Turing
2014
72% Penguins Of Madagascar
  • Agent Classified
2014
No Score Yet Cristiano Ronaldo: World at His Feet
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Unlocking Sherlock
  • Actor
2014
64% August: Osage County
  • Little Charles Aiken
2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Smaug
2013
37% The Fifth Estate
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Untitled Wikileaks/HBO Project
  • Julian Assange
2013
96% 12 Years a Slave
  • Ford
2013
89% Jerusalem
  • Actor
2013
86% Star Trek Into Darkness
  • John Harrison
2013
No Score Yet National Theatre Live 50th Anniversary Encore: Frankenstein
  • Actor
2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Necromancer
2012
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
  • Actor
2012
76% War Horse
  • Major Jamie Stewart
2011
91% Wreckers
  • David
2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Peter Guillam
2011
74% The Whistleblower
  • Nick Kaufman
2011
No Score Yet The Man Who Predicted 9/11
  • Actor
2011
44% Third Star
  • James
2010
82% Four Lions
  • Negotiator
2010
46% Creation
  • Joseph Hooker
2010
No Score Yet The Last Enemy
  • Stephen Ezard
2009
42% The Other Boleyn Girl
  • William Carey
2008
No Score Yet Stuart: A Life Backwards
  • Actor
2007
83% Atonement
  • Paul Marshall
2007
70% Amazing Grace
  • William Pitt
2007
90% Starter for 10
  • Patrick
2006
No Score Yet To The Ends of the Earth
  • Edmund Talbot
2005
No Score Yet Hawking
  • Stephen Hawking
2004

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Edmund Talbot Luke Fitzwilliam Bernard Bligh Stephen Ezard Bernard Sherlock Holmes
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
85% Sherlock
2010
  • Sherlock Holmes
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
68% Parade's End
2013
  • Christopher Tietjens
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Richard III
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Richard III Richard
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host

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