TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
One of the U.K.'s busiest actors, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
continues to garner praise and audience
attention in multiple mediums. He studied Drama at Manchester University before
training at The
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
He will soon be seen starring on-screen in Steven Spielberg's War Horse,
adapted from Michael
Morpurgo's novel. Currently, he is at work for Peter Jackson playing the dragon
Smaug in the two
highly anticipated The Hobbit movies. His earlier films include Joe Wright's
Atonement, also for
Focus Features and Working Title Films; Justin Chadwick's The Other Boleyn Girl;
Starter for 10, adapted by David Nicholls from the latter's novel; Jon Amiel's
Morris' Four Lions; Hattie Dalton's Third Star; Michael Apted's Amazing Grace,
for which he
received a London Critics Circle Film Award nomination; Dictynna Hood's
Wreckers; and Larysa Kondracki's The Whistleblower.
His recent stage work includes starring at The National Theatre in Thea
revival of Terence Rattigan's After the Dance; and in Danny Boyle's visionary
Frankenstein, for which Mr. Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated the
roles of The Creature
and Dr. Frankenstein. His earlier stage work includes two seasons in Regents
Park with The New
Shakespeare Company; Trevor Nunn's staging of Lady from the Sea; The City, at
the Royal Court;
Rhinoceros; Period of Adjustment; and Richard Eyre's acclaimed West End staging
of Hedda Gabler,
for which Mr. Cumberbatch received Olivier and Ian Charleston Award nominations.
His performance as cosmologist Stephen Hawking in Philip Martin's highly
Hawking brought him international attention and his first BAFTA Award
nomination. His second
BAFTA nomination came for John Alexander's miniseries Small Island; his third
came for the recent
series of Sherlock telefilms, which advanced a contemporized interpretation of
Sherlock Holmes with
Mr. Cumberbatch's portrayal. A new series of Sherlock telefilms, reteaming him
and Martin Freeman
as Watson, is planned.
He previously teamed with his Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy colleague Tom
Hardy in David
Attwood's telefilm Stuart: A Life Backwards. His other miniseries credits
include Tipping the Velvet;
Cambridge Spies; The Last Enemy; and To the Ends of the Earth, also directed by
Mr. Cumberbatch next begins work on Susanna White's miniseries Parade's End,
adapted by Tom
Stoppard from Ford Madox Ford's books, in which he stars opposite Rebecca Hall.
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