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Benedict Cumberbatch (born 19.07.1976)
Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series 'Sherlock', Peter Guillam in the movie 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and Stephen Hawking in BBC biopic 'Hawking'.

Childhood: Benedict Cumberbatch was born in London. His parents are actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. He attended Brambletye School in West Sussex and obtained a scholarship for Harrow School. It was there he embarked on his acting career and appeared in several plays. He also enjoyed rugby and painting oil canvasses at the school. Before attending the University of Manchester to study drama, he took a gap year in Tibet where he taught English at a monastery. When he graduated, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Acting Career: Benedict Cumberbatch has been in several classic plays in various London theatres; notable appearances include his role as Tesman in Hedda Gabler and as Victor Frankenstein and his creature in 'Frankenstein'. In 2000, he made his television debut on 'Heartbeat' and later appeared in 'Tipping the Velvet', 'Cambridge Spies', 'Fortysomething', 'Spooks' and 'Silent Witness'. His breakthrough came with BBC film 'Hawking' in 2004 which earned him a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Actor. His non-television movie roles include William Pitt the Younger in 2006's 'Amazing Grace', the villainous Paul Marshall in 'Atonement', Williams Carey in2008's 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and of course Peter Guillam in the Academy Award winning 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'. In 2012, he portrayed Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer in the first two instalments of the new Peter Jackson trilogy of 'The Hobbit'. He is also set to star in the new sci-fi flick 'Star Trek into Darkness'.

Personal Life: Benedict Cumberbatch was previously in a 12 year long relationship with TV actress Olivia Poulet before splitting in 2011.



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Benedict Cumberbatch "Would Love" To Keep Playing Marvel's Doctor Strange


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As one of the world's most beloved actors, with scores of fans doing their all to see everything he's a part of, Benedict Cumberbatch has to-date had quite the career. Whether he's playing Sherlock Holmes on the BBC or stepping into the shoes of the mysterious Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he's somebody who has shown his acting chops on multiple occasions.

Benedict Cumberbatch hopes to play Doctor Strange for years to comeBenedict Cumberbatch hopes to play Doctor Strange for years to come

His flexibility on screen hasn't gone unnoticed, and the star is in such high demand that he's had to turn down making more series of 'Sherlock' in favour of giving his all to Hollywood, according to some reports. With no signs of slowing down, Cumberbatch has opened up about what being a part of the MCU means to him, and the role of Stephen Strange. Note that there are spoilers for 'Avengers: Infinity War' in Cumberbatch's comments.

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Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Brexit Drama


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Benedict Cumberbatch’s career is soaring with the British actor currently appearing as both big and small screen titular characters in Marvel Universe’s Dr Strange and Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose. However, it seems the star still has time for his home country after it was recently announced the 41-year-old will lead in a new Channel 4 drama, provisionally titled Brexit.

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch is to star in a one-off show, titled Brexit

Cumberbatch will take on the role of Vote Leave director and strategist Dominic Cummings in the one-off programme about the 2016 referendum.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Spills 'Avengers' Body Secrets


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If you ever wondered how the cast of the Marvel Universe manage to get such amazing bodies for films like 'Avengers: Infinity War', you might be surprised to know it's not all down to diet and exercise. Of course, that's the main thing, but Benedict Cumberbatch reveals some unusual trade secrets.

Benedict Cumberbatch at CinemaconBenedict Cumberbatch at Cinemacon

The 41-year-old admits that he didn't even try and keep up with the muscle madness of Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth for 'Avengers: Infinity War', but it was a different story for 'Doctor Strange' where he had to undergo some gruelling last-minute preparations to look the best he could possibly be for his shirtless moment.

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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch at the premiere for the Showtime limited series 'Patrick Melrose' held at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn, the show has been created by David Nicholls and stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 26th April 2018

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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Los Angeles premiere for 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Following 2015's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Infinity War' is the third film in the series and the nineteenth film in the Marvel film franchise altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 24th April 2018

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Wife Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch and Wife Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch and Wife Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch and Wife Sophie Hunter
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Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter at the Los Angeles premiere for 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Following 2015's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Infinity War' is the third film in the series and the nineteenth film in the Marvel film franchise altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd April 2018

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Wife Sophie Hunter

Benedict Cumberbatch at an 'Avengers Infinity War' fan event in London. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the new Marvel adventure is set to hit theatres on April 27th 2018 - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th April 2018

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Joe Russo, Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Russo and Letitia Clark
Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland
Joe Russo, Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Russo and Letitia Clark

Benedict Cumberbatch Teases "Relentless Action" In 'Avengers: Infinity War'


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There's now just over a month to go until the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 'Avengers' adventure hits the big screen with 'Infinity War', and the excitement amongst the fan base is higher than ever before. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is ready to claim the final Infinity Stones for his gauntlet, and if he's successful in doing so, he'll easily wipe out all of his enemies and claim ultimate power.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return to his role of Doctor Strange in 'Avengers: Infinity War'Benedict Cumberbatch will return to his role of Doctor Strange in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Most of the characters we've been introduced to in past MCU films will be coming together to take on Thanos, with the Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up with the Avengers for the first time, doing their all to stop chaos and destruction. Everybody will have to put their differences aside however if they're to bring Thanos down.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Goes Rogue In High Society Drama Series 'Patrick Melrose'


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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the high-class drug addict and alcoholic Patrick Melrose in a mini-series adaptation of the novels, which is set to air on Showtime later this year. It's a 5-episode series, with each episode based on one of the books within the literary collection.

Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of 'Patrick Melrose'Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of 'Patrick Melrose'

Patrick Melrose may have been brought up in a wealthy and respectable family, but that doesn't mean his life is automatically set to go down the right path. With money and privilege comes indulgence, and with each trial and tribulation that happens within his dysfunctional life - an abusive father (Hugo Weaving), a cruel mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh), his parents dying, marriage, fatherhood - the temptation to sink into the peace of alcoholism and heroin addiction becomes harder to resist.

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The Avengers Must Unite For Their Biggest Battle Yet In 'Avengers: Infinity War'


Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares to come to a climax as ‘The Avengers’ unite with ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ to stop the evil Thanos. Directed by The Russo Brothers, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ hits cinemas this spring.

After the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Infinity War’ sees The Avengers left broken and divided. Some of them even look different, with Captain America (Chris Evans) sporting a beard and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) with newly blonde hair.

The Avengers face their biggest threat year in ‘Infinity War’

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Benedict Cumberbatch wearing an eye patch while filming 'Melrose' in Glasgow, which doubles as 1982 New York in the series adapted from the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn. - St Vincent Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom - Monday 30th October 2017

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Thor: Ragnarok Review

Very Good

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.

 

Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Isn't Against A Female Sherlock Holmes


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The world of acting has always been stacked against women. Fortunately, things seem to be changing as time goes by, as many discovered a little earlier this year when it was revealed 'Broadchurch' star Jodie Whittaker would become the Doctor in the next series of BBC One sci-fi series 'Doctor Who'.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman lead the BBC's hit series 'Sherlock'Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman lead the BBC's hit series 'Sherlock'

Traditionally always played by a man, the gender-switch came as a shock to a lot of people, but the majority of the 'Doctor Who' fanbase were excited to hear about the decision; many even thought that it was long overdue.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Plays Distressed Father In TV Drama 'The Child In Time'


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Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in the gruelling BBC One drama 'The Child in Time' opposite Kelly Macdonald, which follows a writer of children's books who is faced with the worst time of his life when his young daughter goes missing during a shopping trip.

Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Child in Time'Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Child in Time'

Based on the 1987 dystopian novel of the same name by Ian McEwan (which won the Whitbread Novel Award in the year of its release), the actor plays an author named Stephen Lewis who is the sole carer of his 3-year-old daughter Kate, whose mother is his estranged wife Julie (played by Kelly Macdonald). When she goes missing in a supermarket, his whole world is turned upside just like any parent's would be - but things get strange when he starts to experience unexplained events occurring.

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Thor: Ragnarok Trailer


With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the known universe. But what about when he doesn't have either of those things? It only takes a run-in with afterlife goddess Hela for his hammer to be destroyed, apparently beyond repair. And when he is kidnapped by her people and taken to the planet Sakaar, he has no choice but to enter into a gladiator match to save the people of Asgard from Ragnarök; the fate of total destruction. To his initial delight, and to the confusion of everyone in the arena, his opponent turns out to be none other than the Incredible Hulk. But when he realises that this Hulk is hell-bent on destroying him, he realises that he has no choice but to fight his supposed friend to the death. 

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Date of birth

19th July, 1976

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.83


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The Avengers Must Unite For Their Biggest Battle Yet In 'Avengers: Infinity War'  Trailer

The Avengers Must Unite For Their Biggest Battle Yet In 'Avengers: Infinity War' Trailer

Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares to come to a climax as ‘The...

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision...

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the...

Doctor Strange Movie Review

Doctor Strange Movie Review

As Guardians of the Galaxy did two years ago, this action romp comes at the...

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