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Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor.

He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama, Hawking, for which he was nominated as Best Actor at the 2005 British Academy Television Awards.


Benedict Cumberbatch was born on 19 July 1976 in Londonmarker, Englandmarker. He is the son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. He was educated at Brambletye School in West Sussex, Harrow Schoolmarker and the University of Manchestermarker. Afterwards, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Artmarker.

His television roles include two separate guest roles in Heartbeat, a major role in the ITV comedy drama Fortysomething and brief appearances in the comedy sketch show Broken News. In 2008 he also starred in the tense BBC drama The Last Enemy.

He was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance as Tesman in Hedda Gabler, a role he performed at the Almeida Theatremarker when it opened on 16 March 2005, as well as at the Duke of York's Theatremarker when it transferred to the West Endmarker on 19 May 2005.

Cumberbatch narrated the 6-part series South Pacific (U.S. title: Wild Pacific), which aired May through June 2009 on BBC 2. In May 2009 BBC Radio 4 broadcast an adaptation of John Mortimer's novel Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders. Cumberbatch played the "young Rumpole", whilst Timothy West took the part of the "old Rumpole".

He appears in the film Creation (in which he plays Joseph Hooker) and the BBC drama Small Island. Cumberbatch will play Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming BBC pilot Sherlock. The 60-minute episode, written by Steven Moffat, will be shot in January 2009.

List of credits


of appearance
Film Role Awards and nominations
2002 Hills Like White Elephants (short) The Man
2003 To Kill a King Royalist
2006 Starter for 10 Patrick Watts
Amazing Grace William Pitt the Younger ALFS Award for British Breakthrough - Acting (Nominated)
2007 Inseparable (short) Joe/Charlie
Atonement Paul Marshall
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl William Carey
Burlesque Fairytales Henry Clark
2009 Creation Joseph Hooker


of appearance
Film Role Awards and nominations
2002 Fields of Gold Jeremy
Tipping the Velvet Freddy
2003 Cambridge Spies Edward Hand
2004 Dunkirk Lt. Jimmy Langley
Hawking Stephen Hawking Golden Nymph for Television Films - Best Performance by an Actor (Won)

BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor (Nominated)
2005 To The Ends of the Earth (miniseries) Edmund Talbot
2007 Stuart: A Life Backwards Alexander Masters
2008 The Last Enemy (miniseries) Stephen Ezard
2009 Marple: Murder Is Easy Luke Fitzwilliam


of appearance
Title Role Venue Awards and nominations
2001 Love's Labour's Lost Ferdinand
2002 As You Like It Orlando
Romeo and Juliet Benvolio
Oh, What a Lovely War!
2004 The Lady from the Sea Lyngstrand Almeida Theatremarker
2005 Hedda Gabler Tesman
2006 Period of Adjustment George
2007 Rhinoceros BĂ©renger Royal Court Theatremarker
The Arsonists Eisenring
2008 The City Chris


of appearance
Title Role Format Awards and nominations
2004 The Raj Quartet Demetrius BBC Radio 4 series
2008 Casanova Narrator Audiobook
2008-2009 Cabin Pressure Capt. Martin Crieff BBC Radio 4 comedy series
2009 South Pacific Narrator TV documentary
Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders Young Rumpole BBC Radio 4 series
Metamorphosis Narrator BBC Radio 7



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