Creator / Benedict Cumberbatch

"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, 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 Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's worldwide hit Sherlock and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actor due to his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. 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 agrees 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 "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:

Exhibits examples of:

  • Adorkable: Contrary to what one might assume, his stoic genius roles are not the result of typecasting. Exhibit A: [1]
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is quite deep, to say the least. That is used to invoke Evil Sounds Deep.
  • Covers Always Lie: 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.
  • Description Porn: If he is to write an article, chances are it will end up having this. Just take a look at the recount of his diving trip, or his thoughts on classical music.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Everything's Better with Peng-Wings. Mispronounced "penguin" throughout a documentary's scenes with the Fiordland crested penguin. It went memetic.
  • Eye Colour Change: Depending on the lighting, his eyes look either blue or green due to Sectoral Heterochromia Iridum.
  • Fan Community Nickname: 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.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: 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 Penguins of Madagascar.
  • Large Ham: Normally plays fairly reserved roles, but can hit Jeremy Irons levels of ham if necessary.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: The National Theatre's 2011 production of Frankenstein had Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller (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.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: 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.
  • Person as Verb: "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."
  • Preppy Name: 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!
  • Running Gag: During promotion for The Hobbit, interviewers would bring up his voice work for Smaug, and Benedict would interject that he also did the motion-capture as well.
  • Serkis Folk: Provides motion capture and the voice for Smaug and the Necromancer in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: He made his debut counting with the Count and Murray-(arty).
  • Upper-Class Twit: Very good at getting cast as these, although lately he's been breaking away from that to avoid typecasting.
  • When He Smiles: Due to his lack of effervescent roles, we rarely see him smile. When we do, it's cuter than a basket of puppies.