English born Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an actor spanning film, television and theatre. Born 19 July 1976, Benedict Cumberbatch has an impressive showreel that includes Frankenstein at the Royal National Theatre, for which he achieved the “Triple Crown of London Theatre” in 2011 when he was awarded the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award.
It was with almost inevitable fate that Benedict would enter the world of acting, following in the footsteps of both of his parents, father Timothy Carlton and mother Wanda Ventham; whom, in 2014 play the parents of Benedict’s title role character in the third series of Sherlock. An arts scholar at Harrow school, Benedict made his acting debut as Titania Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was 12.
Through-out his career Benedict has earned an Olivier Award, four BAFTA nominations, two Emmy Award nominations, two SAG Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination, among several others. In November 2013, he was honoured by BAFTA Los Angeles with a Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year for his “masterful performances in television, film and theatre.”
Often referred to as the ‘thinking woman’s crumpet’, Benedict has stared in Atonement (2007), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), War Horse (2011). Benedict started to receive international recognition after winning the title role in Sherlock in 2011, a role he has reported to have considered declining. Building on his success, in 2013 he secured roles in The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County, all of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In January 2014 Benedict beat Idris Elba’s Luther and Broadchurch detectives David Tennant and Olivia Colman to scoop the award for Best TV Detective at the 2014 National Television Awards for his performance as super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Ever the joker, Benedict collected his award in red board shorts, thanking the audience for the voted award which he said was a “real thrill”.
The future for Benedict is bright, in a recent interview he confirmed a 4th series of Sherlock – a role that should continue until ‘Benedict becomes too famous’; 12 Years a Slave is hotly tipped for Oscar glory, and a voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s feature film Penguins of Madagascar scheduled for later in 2014