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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 Stephen Strange/[[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Doctor Strange]]:
** ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' (2016)
* ''[[Series/TheHollowCrown The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses]]'' as Richard III.
* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' as The Grinch
!!Exhibits examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Contrary to what one might assume, his stoic genius roles are not the result of typecasting. Exhibit A: [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/allyhirschlag/reasons-why-benedict-cumberbatch-is-the-definition-u98j#.exnVV3Pg7w]]
* 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]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Everything's Better with Peng-Wings. Mispronounced "penguin" throughout a documentary's scenes with the Fiordland crested penguin. It went [[MemeticMutation memetic]].
* EyeColourChange: Depending on the lighting, his eyes look either blue or green due to Sectoral Heterochromia Iridum.
* FanCommunityNickname: Initially his fans called themselves Cumberbitches. After he stated that he thought that the name set feminism back (and suggested Cumberpeople), some has now moved on to: Cumbercollective, as coined by Ben himself, Cumbercookies (because multiple Cumbercookies make a Cumberbatch). His Vietnamese fans dub themselves Qcumbers.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Pronounces "penguins" as "peng-wings". Extremely noticeable since he's narrated a documentary on penguins (where, as Graham Norton noted, his pronunciation deteriorated as the film went on) and has a role 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.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Not known for playing the most friendly of fictional characters, he's actually insanely cool in real life and acts about as goofy as any goofy celeb would, self aware or not.
* PersonAsVerb: "I have also become a verb as in 'I have cumberbatched the UK audience' apparently. Who knows, by the end of the year I might become a swear word too! It's crazy and fun and very flattering."
* PreppyName: Just read his full name again. He even tried to start a career as "Benedict Carlton" instead of a surname that sounds like "a fart in the bath", but of course he became famous with Cumberbatch!
* RunningGag: During promotion for ''Film/TheHobbit'', interviewers would bring up his voice work for Smaug, and Benedict would interject that he also did the motion-capture as well.
* SerkisFolk: Provides motion capture and the voice for Smaug and the Necromancer in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* SesameStreetCred: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7jS7X-2ggA He made his debut]] counting with the Count and [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Murray-(arty)]].
* 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.]]
* WhenHeSmiles: 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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