BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Little Charles Aiken) is best known for playing the title role of SHERLOCK HOLMES in STEVEN MOFFAT and MARK
GATISS' 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 has 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 The 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 studied 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 ENDS OF THE EARTH and THE LAST ENEMY. However it is 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
BACKWARDS, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and the dastardly HERBURT MARSHALL in JOE WRIGHT'S Oscar-nominated
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 GABBLER, 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 recently starred in the BBC/HBO drama PARADES END earning himself an Emmy nomination for best
actor. Last year he played the role of the dragon SMAUG in PETER JACKSON'S THE HOBBIT. Currently Benedict can
be seen on the big screen as the villain in JJ ABRAMS', STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. Later this autumn he will star as
JULIAN ASSANGE in THE FIFTH ESTATE, and in 12 YEARS A SLAVE directed by STEVE MCQUEEN. A third series of
SHERLOCK is in production for 2013.