Who is Benedict Cumberbatch?
- Benedict Cumberbatch turns 46 today, July 19
- He was appointed as the CBE at Buckingham Palace in 2015
- His wax statue was placed at Madame Tussauds London in 2014
Benedict Timothy Cumberbatch is an English actor. He was born on July 19, 1976, in the London district of Hammersmith. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential personalities in the world in 2014. He was appointed as the CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to the performing arts and to charity in 2015.
Benedict Cumberbatch was born to actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. He grew up in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He has a half-sister, Tracy Peacock, from his mother’s first marriage. His grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer in both the World Wars and is a prominent figure in London high society.
He did his schooling at Brambletye School in West Sussex and Harrow School. He graduated from the University of Manchester and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
His TV appearances include shows like ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Cambridge Spies’, and ‘Fortysomething’. He bagged the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for playing the role of Stephen Hawking in the BBC TV movie ‘Hawking’. He received international recognition with the first series of ‘Sherlock’ in 2010. He received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding lead actor in a Miniseries or a movie in 2014 (for what?). The series returned with a second season in 2012 and the third season in 2014.
In 2014, his portrayal of Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’ earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the American superhero film ‘Doctor Strange’. In 2019 he was part of ‘Avengers: Endgame’. His 2021 projects included ‘The Courier’ and ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’.
In 2013, he was ranked fifth in Tatler’s “Most Fascinating People in Britain” list. He was ranked higher than the Duchess of Cambridge and just below Queen Elizabeth II. A wax statue of Cumberbatch has been placed at Madame Tussauds London since October 2014. He was declared by PETA in 2018 as the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebs of 2018.