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      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).

      Highest rated movies

      12 Years a Slave poster 12 Years a Slave The Power of the Dog poster The Power of the Dog Avengers: Endgame poster Avengers: Endgame Spider-Man: No Way Home poster Spider-Man: No Way Home Thor: Ragnarok poster Thor: Ragnarok Wreckers poster
      Wreckers
      The Imitation Game poster The Imitation Game Starter for 10 poster
      Starter for 10

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      74% 85% Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Doctor Stephen Strange (Character) $411.3M 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet NT Live: Frankenstein 2022 Encore Unknown (Character) - 2022
      93% 98% Spider-Man: No Way Home Doctor Strange (Character) $814.1M 2021
      94% 76% The Power of the Dog Phil Burbank (Character) - 2021
      70% 71% The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Louis Wain (Character) - 2021
      75% 84% The Mauritanian Stu Couch (Character),
      Producer
      $832.4K 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spider-Man: No Way Home: Trailer Doctor Strange (Character) - 2021
      85% 95% The Courier Greville Wynne (Character) $6.6M 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet There's a Hole in My Bucket Narrator - 2020
      89% 88% 1917 Colonel Mackenzie (Character) $159.2M 2019
      61% 79% The Current War: Director's Cut Thomas Edison (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $6.0M 2019
      74% 43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
      94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange (Character) $858.4M 2019
      80% 67% Brexit Dominic Cummings (Character) - 2019
      32% No Score Yet The Current War Unknown (Character) - 2019
      100% No Score Yet The Tiger Who Came to Tea Unknown (Voice) - 2019
      52% 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Shere Khan (Voice) - 2018
      59% 51% Dr. Seuss' The Grinch The Grinch (Voice) $270.9M 2018
      85% 92% Avengers: Infinity War Dr. Stephen Strange (Character) $678.8M 2018
      79% 49% The Child in Time Stephen (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2017
      81% 57% Walk With Me Narrator $716.5K 2017
      93% 87% Thor: Ragnarok Doctor Strange (Character) $315.0M 2017
      89% 86% Doctor Strange Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange (Character) $232.6M 2016
      22% 20% Zoolander No. 2 All (Character) $28.8M 2016
      73% 68% Black Mass Bill Bulger (Character) $62.6M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Solar Superstorms Narrator - 2015
      No Score Yet 76% Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet Narrator - 2014
      90% 91% The Imitation Game Alan Turing (Character) $91.1M 2014
      74% 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
      85% 72% Stephen Hawking Biography Unknown (Character) - 2013
      67% 65% August: Osage County Little Charles Aiken (Character) $37.7M 2013
      74% 85% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Smaug (Voice) $258.4M 2013
      95% 90% 12 Years a Slave William Ford (Character) $56.7M 2013
      35% 36% The Fifth Estate Julian Assange (Character) $3.3M 2013
      89% 82% Jerusalem Narrator $8.0M 2013
      84% 89% Star Trek Into Darkness John Harrison (Character) $228.8M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet Narrator - 2013
      92% 54% Wreckers David (Character) - 2011
      75% 74% War Horse Major Stewart (Character) $79.9M 2011
      84% 65% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Peter Guillam (Character) $24.1M 2011
      No Score Yet 100% National Theatre Live: Frankenstein The Creature / Victor Frankenstein (Character) - 2011
      47% 84% Third Star James (Character) - 2010
      75% 71% The Whistleblower Nick Phillips (Character) $1.1M 2010
      83% 80% Four Lions Ed (Character) $304.1K 2009
      47% 49% Creation Joseph Hooker (Character) $340.6K 2009
      No Score Yet 56% Burlesque Fairytales Henry Clark (Character) - 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 Super/Natural Narrator 2022
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Host 2016 2022
      No Score Yet 55% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016 2018-2019 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014 2016-2018 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2013-2018 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2014 2018 2022
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013 2015-2016 2018-2019 2021
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
      94% 93% What If...? Doctor Strange (Voice) 2021
      85% 75% The Simpsons Willoughby (Guest Voice) 2013 2021
      No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2015 2018
      90% 44% Patrick Melrose Patrick Melrose (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2018
      No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
      78% 81% Sherlock Sherlock Holmes (Character) 2010 2012 2014 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      2014 2016
      98% 82% The Hollow Crown Richard III (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock Holmes (Character) 2010 2014 2016
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2013
      100% 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 69% Top Gear Guest 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 South Pacific Narrator 2009
      No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To the Ends of the Earth Unknown (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dunkirk Lieutenant Jimmy Langley (Character) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortysomething Unknown (Character) 2003