Benedict Cumberbatch Biography
Full Name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
Birthdate: July 19, 1976
Birth Place: Hammersmith, London, England
Spouse: Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor who is known for his roles as Sherlock Holmes in the TV series “Sherlock” and as Dr. Stephen Strange in the superhero movie “Doctor Strange”. He was born on July 19, 1976, in Hammersmith, London, England at the Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. Both his father Timothy Carlton and mother Wanda Ventham are actors. He also has an elder half-sister named Tracy Peacock from his mother’s first marriage. Cumberbatch has a great family history. Henry Arnold Cumberbatch who was the consul general of Queen Victoria in Turkey and Lebanon is Cumberbatch’s great-grandfather. Also, his grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer for both World War I and World War II. He was one of the prominent figures in the high society of London.
At the age of 8, Cumberbatch was sent to a boarding school in West Sussex named Brambletye School. Later, he became an art scholar at the Harrow School. During his time there, he became a member of the principal’s club for dramatic arts named Rattigan Society. The name of the club was kept after the playwright entitled “Terence Rattigan”. At the age of 12, he made his debut in acting with the role in the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Titania who is the queen of the Fairies. From childhood, his acting skills were very good and were praised by his teachers.
After graduating from school, Cumberbatch volunteer to be the English teacher in Darjeeling, India in a Tibetan monastery. In order to do so, Cumberbatch took a year-long gap. After completing his work, he returned back and enrolled at the University of Manchester to study Drama. Simultaneously, he also went to acting training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Later he graduated in Classical Acting with an MA. However, initially, Cumberbatch didn’t want to become an actor and wanted to study law to become a lawyer.
Benedict Cumberbatch Career and Earnings
In the beginning, Cumberbatch appeared in a guest role in the TV series “Heartbeat” in 2000. The following year, Cumberbatch started his career in theatres. In 2001, h appeared in several classic plays in the major roles including “Park Open Air”, “Royal Court”, “Royal National” and “Almeida”. In 2002, he appeared on the TV show “Tipping the Velvet”. The following year, Cumberbatch portrayed the role of Edward Han in the TV series titled “Cambridge Spies”. In the same year, he was cast as Rory in the comedy-drama series entitled “Fortysomething”.
In 2004, Cumberbatch got his first major role as Stephen Hawking in the hit TV series “Hawking”. The series was a huge success and Cumberbatch received a lot of positive review of his performance. He also earned a nomination for TV Award for Best Act at the BAFTA and won the Best Performance by an actor at the Golden Nymph for his role. In the same year, he also made his second guest appearance in the “Heartbeat”. The following year, Cumberbatch starred as Edmund Talbot in the short TV series “To the Ends of the Earth. He also made a guest appearance in two of the comedy shows titled “Nathan Barley” and “Broken News”. In the same year, he also performed in the play “Hedda Gabler” as George Tesman. His performance was highly praised by the audience and was also nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting role at the Olivier Award.
Also in 2005, Cumberbatch directed the famous play “After the Dance” by Terrance Rattigan at the Royal National Theatre. The play was praised by everyone and won 4 Olivier Award including the Best Revival award. Later in 2007, Cumberbatch was cast in the TV adaptation of “Stuart: A Life Backward” alongside Tom Hardy. Also in the same year, he appeared in the supporting role in the movie “Atonement”. In 2008, Cumberbatch starred in the miniseries of BBC entitled “The Last Enemy” in the lead role. Despite the series being short, Cumberbatch’s performance was praised by the critics and was nominated for Best Actor in Miniseries or TV Film at the Satellite Award. In the same year, he also appeared in the movie “The Other Boleyn Girl” in a supporting role. Some people might not know but Cumberbatch was once kidnapped and held at a gunpoint in South Africa. However, later he was released without any explanation of what happened.
In 2009, Cumberbatch was cast in the biographical movie “Creation” of Charles Darwin. In the movie, he played the role of Joseph Hooke who is a close friend of Charles Darwin. He also starred in the TV show entitled “Maple: Murder is Easy” as Luke Fitzwilliam. In the same year, he also appeared in the TV show “Small Island” as Bernard. The series is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Andrea Levy. The following year, he starred in two different genre movie. The first one is a Canadian-German American biographical crime drama “The Whistleblower” which was directed by Larysa Kondracki and the second one is a dark comedy movie “Four Lions” by Chris Morris. Also in the same year, Cumberbatch played the lead role of Vincent Van Gogh in the movie “Van Gogh: Painted with Words”. The movie was a huge success and his performance received critical acclaims saying it was the best portrayal of the artist.
Also in 2010, Cumberbatch was cast as Sherlock Holmes in the TV series “Sherlock”. The series was a huge success and was critically acclaimed. However, one season of the series contained only 3 episodes. The second season of the series was aired in 2012 and the third season was aired in 2014. Cumberbatch was also the part of the play “The Children’s Monologues” by Danny Boyles. The following year, he was the part of the stage production of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. In 2012, Cumberbatch was cast in the miniseries “Parade’s End” which was co-produced by HBO and BBC. Later, he did both voice-over and motion-capture for the characters Necromancer and the dragon Smaug for the first part of the Hobbits movie series titled “An Unexpected Journey”. He also reprised his work for the second and third installment titled “Desolation of Smaug” in 2013 and “The Battle of Five Armies” in 2014.
Also, in 2013, Cumberbatch was cast as the antagonist in the movie “Star Trek Into Darkness”. Initially, Cumberbatch signed up for the movie without knowing what his role was and discovered it a week after he was cast. The following year, Cumberbatch starred in a historical drama movie “Imitation Game”. In the movie, he played the role of a British cryptographer named Alan Turning who stops a world war from staring by creating a machine that decrypts encrypted messages. In the same year, he also did the voice-over of a character in the movie “Penguin of Madagascar”. He also did the voice-over of the character Shere Khan in the movie adaptation of the classic “The Jungle Book” in 2014.
In 2016, Cumberbatch was cast as Doctor Stephen Strange in the Marvel superhero movie “Dr. Strange”. The movie was a huge success at the box-office. Later, Cumberbatch was cast as Thomas Edition in the movie “The Current War” which was released on September 9, 2017. He is currently working on the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in which he is going to be portraying the Grinch.
Benedict Cumberbatch Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Benedict Cumberbatch’s total net worth is estimated to be 30 million dollars. Cumberbatch owns a luxury Apartment in London and currently lives in a luxury house in Los Angeles worth 5 million dollars. He also owns a number of luxury cars including a Giulia, Jaguar F, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes S Class.
Benedict Cumberbatch Relationship
Back in 1999, Benedict Cumberbatch used to date the British actress Olivia Poulet before they were famous. The pair dated for an entire decade and were almost like married couples. Sadly, the two broke up in 2011. According to sources, Olivia was the one to end their relationship as she didn’t want children and Cumberbatch wanted to have a child. After the two got separated, Cumberbatch started dating Anna Jones who is a fashion designer. The two first met in at the University of Manchester and quickly connected. However, the two later split up after dating for a year.
Later, there were rumors that Cumberbatch was dating the British actress Charlotte Asprey. The two were spotted together on Cumberbatch’s 37 birthday party. However, they were never seen together after the day. In an interview, Cumberbatch said that he thinks a woman who is intelligent is sexy. Later in 2014, Cumberbatch started dating Sophie Hunter who is a British Theatre Director. The two first met in 2009 while shooting for the movie “Burlesque Fairytale” and became good friends. However, at the time, Cumberbatch was still dating Olivia. Later in 2013, the two were first spotted in a Hay festival with each other. However, the became an official couple in 2014. Cumberbatch also took Sophie as his date to his friend James Rhodes wedding.
After dating for a year, in 2015, it was announced that couple is now engaged to each other. Later on February 14, 2015, the two finally got married at the at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on the Isle of Wight followed by a reception at Mottistone Manor. After 4 months of marriage, on June 1, 2015, Sophie gave birth to their first child, a baby boy named Christopher Carlton. Also, on March 3, 2017, Sophie gave birth to their second son named Hal Auden Cumberbatch.