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
(July 19, 1976-) is a British stage, film, television, and voice actor with an awesome name
. 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 ridiculously perfect cheekbones, remarkable intellect, and velvet-smooth baritone voice. 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!His notable works include:
- Atonement as Paul Marshall, an Upper-Class Twit and child rapist.
- Starter For 10 as Patrick Watts, a Gentleman Snarker and University Challenge team captain.
- Sherlock as Sherlock Holmes.
- To the Ends of the Earth as Upper-Class Twit Edmund Talbot.
- Hawking as Stephen Hawking.
- Seems to be the go-to guy for Stephen Hawking. He also did Professor Hawking's narration on the documentary Stephen Hawking's Grand Design.
- Even when he's not playing Hawking, he can't get away from Hawking. For his first Academy Award nomination, he was beaten by Eddie Redmayne, playing...Stephen Hawking.
- The Last Enemy as Stephen Ezard, a socially inept mathematician with OCD.
- Nathan Barley as Robin.
- Amazing Grace as William Pitt.
- The Other Boleyn Girl as William Carey (Scarlett Johansson's husband.)
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as Peter Guillam.
- War Horse as Major Jamie Stewart.
- The Hobbit as the voice and motion capture of the dragon Smaug, as well as the Necromancer/Sauron (reuniting with Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman).
- Cabin Pressure as Captain Martin Crieff, an airline pilot.
- Big Finish Doctor Who as Howard Carter and "Thing 2".
- Third Star as James Kimberly Griffith, a dying man who makes one final journey.
- Star Trek Into Darkness as John Harrison. A.K.A. Khan Noonien Singh.
- The Fifth Estate as Julian Assange.
- Fortysomething as Rory Slippery.
- Danny Boyle's stage adaptation of Frankenstein, alternating between Victor and the Monster.
- Parade's End as Christopher Tietjens, based on Ford Madox Ford's novel.
- 12 Years a Slave as William Ford, Solomon Northup's first slaveowner.
- The Imitation Game as Alan Turing.
- Penguins of Madagascar as Classified.
- Jungle Book: Origins as Shere Khan.
- Doctor Strange as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange.
- The Hollow Crown as Richard III.
Exhibits examples of:
- Awesome McCoolname: His name sounds ludicrously British, not that it makes it any less awesome. It's actually a Running Gag on Tumblr that his name is so distinctive that you can refer to him using any two words that begin with B and C, and everyone will know exactly who you're talking about.
- Badass Baritone/Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is quite deep, to say the least.
- 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 Peng-Wings/Memetic Mutation: Mispronounced "penguin" throughout a documentary's scenes with the Fiordland crested penguin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Self-Deprecation: In an interview on one of the last episodes of The Colbert Report, Smaug called Cumberbatch a "hack".
- 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).
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: is notorious for this. There are very few interviews where he is not saying "f***" every few or so words.
- Type Casting: He has tendency to get cast as socially awkward insufferable geniuses or as the Evil Brit in Hollywood blockbusters.
- Upper-Class Twit: Very good at getting cast as these, although lately he's been breaking away from that to avoid typecasting.