Benedict Cumberbatch

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

  • 2014, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2017, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2006, Olivier Awards — Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2012, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2015, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
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  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in an Action Movie: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series: Nominee
  • 2015, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2016, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2019, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, National Television Awards — Drama Performance: Nominee

Relationships

  • Timothy Carlton — Father
  • Wanda Ventham — Mother
  • Sophie Hunter — Wife
  • Olivia Poulet — Ex-significant Other
  • Hal Auden Cumberbatch — Son
  • Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch — Son

College

  • Attended the University of Manchester, Manchester, England; attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England

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