Born: July 19, 1976 in Hammersmith, London, England, UK
“Worst thing about my profession? The press, obviously. Don’t write that, eh?”
Did You Know?
Cumberbatch became a household name shortly after landing the role of Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s “Sherlock” TV Series (which launched in 2010). Since then, he’s not only gained a reputation for phenomenal acting in critically-acclaimed films (see the ‘Did You Know’ section above), but has also become a favorite among ‘geek fans’ everywhere for his roles in Star Trek, The Hobbit, and the upcoming Doctor Strange (coming in 2016). Plus, he’s looking to make a big impact in family-friendly fare as he takes on the iconic role of ‘Shere Khan’ in 2017’s Live-Action adventure film Jungle Book: Origins.
Breakout Role (according to the masses): Sherlock
Breakout Role (according to Leo Craven): Star Trek: Into Darkness
– I don’t watch BBC or PBS so my first real introduction to Cumberbatch was Star Trek. And, while I think he did a great job with the role of Khan (and Smaug for that matter), I’m really looking forward to seeing him carry a movie on his own as Dr. Stephen Strange.
Box Office Status: Rising Star
Next Project to Look Out for: Black Mass (In theaters September 18th)
Most Famous Scene (“My Name is Khan” in Star Trek: Into Darkness):
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Academy Awards) in 2015 for “The Imitation Game”
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Golden Globe Awards) in 2013 for “Sherlock”
ONE LAST THING:
Cumberbatch’s portrayal and voice for the infamous dragon ‘Smaug’ is captured perfectly here in this short “Behind the Scenes” video”
AND ONE MORE THING:
Cumberbatch is well known for his voices and impersonations, on display here in this great clip on the Graham Norton Show along with his hilarious inability to say the word ‘penguins’ correctly…this is particularly ironic since Cumberbatch lent his voice to the animated feature “Penguins of Madagascar” (which was WAY funnier than anyone seems to be giving the film credit for):