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->''"Benedict is this sort of beautiful, exotic creature. He’s never going to play an ordinary man, ‘cause he couldn’t. That’s not what he’s like, but he will tell the stories of great men."''

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (born July 19th 1976) is a British stage, film, television, and voice actor. Despite being in the entertainment business for ten years, he skyrocketed into international stardom with his BAFTA, Golden Globe nominated and Emmy winning portrayal of Franchise/SherlockHolmes in the BBC's worldwide hit ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actor due to his role as Alan Turing in ''Film/TheImitationGame''. Now amongst the most sought-after people in showbiz, he has been hailed as one of the best actors of his generation.

Cumberbatch is well known for his smooth baritone voice and memetic cheekbones. ''The Times'' has described his voice as a "jaguar hiding in a cello", and the Jaguar marketing team [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdWMTMjzaik agrees]] [[http://youtu.be/RxvTUJ7VmJ0 with this]].

An unlikely sex symbol, he landed the #1 spot on ''The Sun's'' "Sexiest Man Alive" list two years in a row in 2012 and 2013 (apparently he "[[SelfDeprecation hadn't taken anything less seriously in all his life]]") by a landslide thanks to his devoted fanbase. He was also hailed by ''Empire Magazine's'' 50, 000 international readers as "World's Sexiest Actor" in 2013. It looks like brainy is the new sexy after all!

In 2014 he won an Emmy for ''Sherlock'' Series 3, and in 2015 he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to the performing arts and to charity.
!!His notable works include:
* ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' (2004) as Creator/StephenHawking. Seems to be the go-to guy for Stephen Hawking. He's also done Professor Hawking's narration on the documentaries ''Stephen Hawking's Grand Design'' and ''Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking''.
* ''Literature/ToTheEndsOfTheEarth'' (2005) as UpperClassTwit Edmund Talbot.
* ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' (2007) as Paul Marshall, an UpperClassTwit [[spoiler:and child rapist.]]
* ''Film/StarterForTen'' as Patrick Watts, a GentlemanSnarker and ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' team captain.
* ''Film/{{Inseparable}}'' as [[ActingForTwo Joe and Charlie]].
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' (2010 - present) as Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
* ''Series/TheLastEnemy'' as Stephen Ezard, a socially inept mathematician with OCD.
* ''Series/NathanBarley'' as Robin.
* ''Film/AmazingGrace'' as William Pitt.
* ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'' as William Carey (Creator/ScarlettJohansson's husband.)
* ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' as Peter Guillam.
* ''Literature/WarHorse'' as Major Jamie Stewart.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' as the voice and [[SerkisFolk motion capture]] of the dragon Smaug, as well as the Necromancer[[spoiler:/Sauron]] (reuniting with ''Sherlock'' co-star MartinFreeman).
* ''Radio/CabinPressure'' as Captain Martin Crieff, an airline pilot.
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' as Howard Carter and "Thing 2".
* ''Film/ThirdStar'' as James Kimberly Griffith, a dying man who makes one final journey.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' (2013) as [[BigBad John Harrison]]. [[spoiler: A.K.A. Khan Noonien Singh.]]
* ''Film/TheFifthEstate'' (2013) as Julian Assange.
* ''Series/{{Fortysomething}}'' as Rory Slippery.
* Creator/DannyBoyle's stage adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Frankenstein|2011}}'', alternating between Victor and [[DarkIsNotEvil the Monster]].
* ''Literature/ParadesEnd'' as Christopher Tietjens, based on Ford Madox Ford's novel.
* ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' (2013) as William Ford, Solomon Northup's first slaveowner.
* ''Film/AugustOsageCounty'' (2013) as Little Charlie.
* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' (2014) as Alan Turing.
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' (2014) as Classified.
* ''Film/BlackMass'' (2015) as Billy Bulger
* ''Film/{{Zoolander 2}}'' as the [[AmbiguousGender androgynous]] model, All.
* ''Film/JungleBookOrigins'' (2016) as Shere Khan.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (2016 – present) as [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Doctor Stephen Strange]] [[spoiler: and Dormammu]]:
** ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' (2016)
* ''[[Series/TheHollowCrown The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses]]'' as Richard III.
* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (2018) as The Grinch
!!This actor's work exhibits examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Contrary to what one might assume, his stoic genius roles are not the result of typecasting. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/allyhirschlag/reasons-why-benedict-cumberbatch-is-the-definition-u98j#.exnVV3Pg7w Exhibit A.]]
* BadassBaritone: His voice is quite deep, to say the least. That is used to invoke EvilSoundsDeep.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The DVD of the Mini Series ''To the Ends of the Earth'' pushed Benedict (who was the star) off of the cover in favor of Sam Neill, even though he plays a very minor character.
* DescriptionPorn: If he is to write an article, chances are it will end up having this. Just take a look at the recount of his [[http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/holiday-holmes-benedict-cumberbatch-in-the-seychelles-6372248.html diving trip]], or his thoughts on [[http://benedictsbrain.tumblr.com/post/21657520441/a-little-on-his-appreciation-for-classical-music classical music]].
* DyeingForYourArt: [[invoked]]
** He's naturally a ginger, but dyes his hair dark brown for most of his roles (including Hawking), black for roles like Sherlock and Harrison, and a sort of dishwater-blonde for ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''.
** For ''Film/ThirdStar'' he opted to lose a ton of weight instead of shaving his head (which he was growing out for ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'') in order to look like a sickly and emaciated cancer patient. He kept the appearance for Sherlock Holmes, who is known for prioritizing work over food.
** Conversely, for ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' he worked out daily and went up two suit sizes.
** Despite having a wig, he still dyed his hair platinum blond to portray Julian Assange in ''Film/TheFifthEstate''. He also wore contact lenses and false teeth for the film.
** To make his voice deep enough for Smaug in ''Film/TheHobbit'', he literally tore into his vocal cords.
* FakeAmerican: [[invoked]] In ''The Whistleblower'' and ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: He has a noticeable speech impediment that, among other things, prevents him from pronouncing the word "penguin" properly. Instead, he says it like "peng-wing" and, hilariously and to his embarassment, had to say it repeatedly in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GHPNKUMf70 a nature documentary]] and in ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar''.
* LargeHam: Normally plays fairly reserved roles, but can hit Creator/JeremyIrons levels of ham if necessary.
* MaleFrontalNudity: The National Theatre's 2011 production of ''Theatre/{{Frankenstein|2011}}'' had Benedict Cumberbatch or Creator/JonnyLeeMiller (depending on the night) spending about 20 minutes completely nude as the Monster, as he came to life and learned how to move, walk etc.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: [[invoked]] Not known for playing the most friendly of fictional characters, his version of Sherlock Holmes describes himself as a "high-functioning sociopath" and shows concern for very few people, and that's not even mentioning in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' or ''The Hobbit'' films are the BigBad; the man behind the roles in real life is eloquent and charming, insanely cool and acts about as goofy as any goofy celeb would, self aware or not. MTV even made a video entitled [[http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/871582/why-is-benedict-cumberbatch-so-charming.jhtml Why is Benedict Cumberbatch so Charming?]] to prove the point. The press usually describe him as "relentlessly polite" and "both a thinker and a talker".
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] An early role from him in ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' has him playing a [[spoiler: child molester]].
** He also played an alcoholic everyman on stage at the Royal Court in ''Theatre/{{Rhinoceros}}''.
* SerkisFolk: Provides motion capture and the voice for Smaug and the Necromancer in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheHobbit''. Also provided mocap and voice for Dormammu in ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''. Yes, he came to bargain with himself.
* SesameStreetCred: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7jS7X-2ggA He made his debut]] counting with the Count and [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Murray-(arty)]].
* StarMakingRole: [[invoked]]
** ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' truly made him a '''star''' on both sides of the Atlantic, and spring-boarded him into a ''very busy'' film career. 2013 saw him star in five films alone.
** And for those unfamiliar with Sherlock, his roles in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'' count as well.
* ThoseTwoActors: [[invoked]]
** With Creator/MartinFreeman in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' and ''Film/TheHobbit''. Both are also part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** With Creator/MarkGatiss in ''Film/StarterForTen'' and ''Sherlock''.
** With Rebecca Hall in in ''Starter for 10'' and ''Series/ParadesEnd''.
** With Creator/JamesMcAvoy in ''Starter for 10'', ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' and the radio drama of ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''.
** With Creator/AliceEve in ''Film/{{Hawking}}'', ''Starter for 10'' and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
** With Creator/TomHardy in ''Stuart: A Life Backwards'' and ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''.
** With Creator/MarkStrong in ''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'' and ''The Imitation Game''.
** With Creator/CharlesDance in ''Starter for 10'' and ''The Imitation Game''.
** With Creator/TomHiddleston; in addition to often being paired together by their respective fan bases, they appeared in ''Literature/WarHorse'' together, and are both part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** With Creator/AndrewScott in ''Sherlock'' and ''Series/TheHollowCrown''.
** With Creator/KeiraKnightley in ''Atonement'' and ''The Imitation Game''.
** With Creator/NaomieHarris in ''Literature/SmallIsland'' and ''Theatre/{{Frankenstein 2011}}''.
** With Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor in ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' and ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''. The two are very good friends in real life.
* TypeCasting: [[invoked]] He has tendency to get cast as socially awkward insufferable geniuses or as the EvilBrit in Hollywood blockbusters.
* UpperClassTwit: Very good at getting cast as these, although lately he's been [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8978114/Benedict-Cumberbatch-being-posh-can-ostracise-you.html breaking away from that to avoid typecasting.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]] Captain Phasma in ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode VII: ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' was originally written with him in mind. However, hoping to improve the cast's diversity, Creator/JJAbrams decided to cast actress Creator/GwendolineChristie as Phasma.
* WhenSheSmiles: Due to his lack of effervescent roles, we rarely see him smile. When we do, it's cuter than a basket of puppies.
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