THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Smaug) is currently starring in Steve
acclaimed true-life drama "12 Years a Slave" and next appears in the film
adaptation of the hit play
"August: Osage County," as part of an all-star ensemble cast under the direction
of John Wells.
Earlier in 2013, he starred as Khan in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness"
and as Julian Assange
in Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate." His recent film credits also include Steven
Horse," and Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," for which he received
Independent Film Award nomination.
Television audiences know Cumberbatch for his performance in the title role
of the BBC's
contemporized "Sherlock Holmes," for which he has garnered Emmy, Golden Globe
BAFTA TV Award nominations. He earned his second Best Actor Emmy nomination this
his performance in the HBO miniseries "Parade's End."
Cumberbatch studied drama at the University of Manchester before training at
Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Early in his career, he was seen in a number
of theatre and
television roles; however, it was his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the 2004
"Hawking" that brought him international attention and his first BAFTA TV Award
He later gained another BAFTA TV Award nomination for his work in the BBC's
Among his additional television credits are "Silent Witness," "MI-5,"
"Dunkirk," "To the
Ends of the Earth" and "The Last Enemy." His other big-screen credits include
"Starter for 10,"
"Amazing Grace," "Third Star," "Wreckers," "Stuart: A Life Backwards," "The
Other Boleyn Girl"
On the stage, Cumberbatch starred in Danny Boyle's celebrated 2011 production
Shelley's "Frankenstein" at the National Theatre, alternating (with Jonny Lee
Miller) in the roles of
The Creature and Dr. Frankenstein. Together with Miller, he shared in an Olivier
Evening Standard Theatre Award and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for the dual
previously received an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in Richard
Eyre's 2005 West
End production of "Hedda Gabbler." His extensive stage work also includes two
seasons with the
Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park with The New Shakespeare Company; Trevor
production of "Lady from the Sea"; Tennessee Williams' "Period of Adjustment";
"Rhinoceros"; "The Arsonists"; "The City" at the Royal Court Theatre; and Thea
2010 revival of "After the Dance" at the National Theatre.
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