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Benedict Cumberbatch Biography

Birth Name:
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • While attending an all-boys school, played the female part of Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Spent a year after high school teaching English at a Tibetan monastery
  • Starred in an Almeida Theatre production of Hedda Gabler in 2005
  • Played the role of Young Rumpole in a radio adaptation of John Mortimer's novel Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders on BBC Radio 4 in 2009
  • Developed a life-threatening case of pneumonia while filming the first season of Sherlock
  • Alternated playing both Frankenstein and the Creature with Jonny Lee Miller in a 2011 West End production of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle; the pair shared an Olivier Award for Best Actor for their work
  • Read a poem at the reburial of Richard III in 2015; the king was discovered to be his second cousin, 16 times removed
  • Appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in her 2015 Birthday Honours

Awards

  • 2021Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2019BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2017BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2015National Television Awards-Drama Performance: nominated
  • 2015BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2015BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2015IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best International Actor: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2014Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated

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