Born: London, England, United Kingdom
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born on the 19th of July 1976 in London, England, UK. He was involved in numerous Shakespearean works in school and made his acting debut as Titania Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was 12. Benedict has worked in theatre, television, film and radio. His breakthrough on the big screen came in 2004 when he portrayed Stephen Hawking in the television movie Hawking (2004). He was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actor for his performance. In 2010, he became a household name as Sherlock Holmes in the British television series Sherlock (2010); receiving his third BAFTA nomination. In 2011, he appeared in two Oscar-nominated films War Horse (2011) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Considered to be one of his top success stories was appearance as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). He then took on one more evil role to play, as Smaug in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (2013). Cumberbatch has received numerous awards and nominations for acting including three Laurence Olivier Award nominations, winning Best Actor in a Play for Frankenstein. He has also received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Sherlock. His performance in The Imitation Game earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In addition, he has received six British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations among others.
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