BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Classified) 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.
Cumberbatch portrayed Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of
War Horse 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
Cumberbatch's incredibly powerful portrayal of Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge
Cosmologist in the BBC's highly acclaimed drama Hawking, 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.
His film work includes Starter for Ten, Amazing Grace, Third Star, Wreckers,
Stuart: A Life Backward, The Other Boleyn Girl and the role of the dastardly
Herburt Marshall In Joe Wright's Oscar-nominated Atonement.
Cumberbatch 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.
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
Tennessee 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; plus The
Arsonists and The City at the Royal Court. 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 Parade's End earning an Emmy
nomination for best actor. Last year he played the role of the dragon Smaug in
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit; Khan in JJ Abrams' blockbuster Star Trek Into
Darkness; Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate; "Little" Charles Aiken in August:
Osage County; and Ford in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave. A
third season of Sherlock aired earlier this year to record-breaking audiences,
and Benedict was awarded an Emmy for his work in the series.
Benedict can be seen as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. He is filming
Richard III for the BBC before taking to the London stage in Hamlet in the
summer of 2015.