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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (John Harrison) is best known for playing the title role of "Sherlock Holmes" in Steven Moffatt and Mark Gattiss' stunning adaption of the Conan Doyle books. It is a role that has earned him International acclaim and several awards including two BAFTA nominations and a Critic's Choice Award for best actor. Most recently on film he portrayed Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of "Warhorse" and the part of Peter Guillam alongside Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy And Colin Firth in Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." In 2011 Benedict returned to The National Theatre, alternating the roles of creature and Dr Frankenstein in Danny Boyle's production of "Frankenstein," earning him a Laurence Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.

Benedict tudied Drama at Manchester University before training at The London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Early TV roles included "Tipping The Velvet," "Silent Witness," "Nathan Barley," "Spooks," "Dunkirk," "To The Emds Of The Earth" and "The Last Enemy." However it was his incredibly powerful portrayal of Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge Cosmologist in the BBC's highly acclaimed drama, "Hawking," which bought him to the attention of an International audience and earned him his first BAFTA nomination. His second BAFTA nomination came in 2010 for his portrayal of Bernard in the BBC adaptation of "Small Island." Cumberbatch's film work includes "Starter For Ten," "Amazing Grace," "Third Star," "Wreckers," "Stuart: A Life Backward," "The Other Boleyn Girl" and the dastardly Herburt Marshall in Joe Wright's Oscar-nominated "Atonement."

On stage there have been two seasons in Regents park with The New Shakespeare Co, Linsrand in Trevor Nunn's production of "Lady From The Sea," George in Tenessee Williams' "Period Of Adjustment," Teesman in Richard Eyre's stunning West End ensemble Production of "Hedda Gabler," for which he received Olivier and Ian Charleston Award nominations. Berenger in Ionesco's "Rhinocerus," "The Arsonists" and "The City "at the Royal Court and in 2010 he took the role of David Scott Fowler in Thea Sharrock's National theatre, award winning Rattigan revival "After The Dance."

Benedict has recently appeared in the BBC/HBO drama "Parade's End." Last year he filmed the role of the Dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit." He is currently filming "August:Osage County." A third series of "Sherlock" will be filmed in 2013.


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