Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," adapted from Michael Morpurgo's novel, and "Tinker, Tailor, Solidier, Spy" (2011), opposite Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, David Dencik and Colin Firth, as Peter Guillam.

Cumberbatch next begins work on Susanna White's miniseries "Parade's End," adapted by Tom Stoppard from Ford Madox Ford's books, in which he stars opposite Rebecca Hall.

One of the U.K.'s busiest actors, Benedict Cumberbatch continues to garner praise and audience attention in multiple mediums. He studied Drama at Manchester University before training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Currently, Cumberbatch is at work for Peter Jackson playing the dragon Smaug in the two highly anticipated "The Hobbit" movies. His earlier films include Joe Wright's "Atonement"; Justin Chadwick's "The Other Boleyn Girl"; Tom Vaughan's "Starter for 10," adapted by David Nicholls from the latter's novel; Jon Amiel's "Creation"; Christopher Morris' "Four Lions"; Hattie Dalton's "Third Star"; Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace," for which he received a London Critics Circle Film Award nomination; Dictynna Hood's soon-to-be-released "Wreckers"; and Larysa Kondracki's "The Whistleblower."

Cumberbatch's recent stage work includes starring at The National Theatre in Thea Sharrock's award-winning revival of Terence Rattigan's "After the Dance"; and in Danny Boyle's visionary staging of "Frankenstein," for which Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated the roles of The Creature and Dr. Frankenstein. His earlier stage work includes two seasons in Regents Park with The New Shakespeare Company; Trevor Nunn's staging of "Lady from the Sea"; "The City," at the Royal Court; "Rhinoceros"; "Period of Adjustment"; and Richard Eyre's acclaimed West End staging of "Hedda Gabler," for which Cumberbatch received Olivier and Ian Charleston Award nominations.

His performance as cosmologist Stephen Hawking in Philip Martin's highly acclaimed telefilm "Hawking" brought him international attention and his first BAFTA Award nomination. Cumberbatch's second BAFTA nomination came for John Alexander's miniseries "Small Island"; his third came for the recent series of "Sherlock" telefilms, which advanced a contemporized interpretation of Sherlock Holmes with Cumberbatch's portrayal. A new series of Sherlock telefilms, reteaming him and Martin Freeman as Watson, is planned.

Cumberbatch previously teamed with his "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" colleague Tom Hardy in David Attwood's telefilm "Stuart: A Life Backwards." His other miniseries credits include "Tipping the Velvet"; "Cambridge Spies"; "The Last Enemy"; and "To the Ends of the Earth," also directed by David Attwood.




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Age: 40 years old
Birthday: July 19, 1976
Height: 6' 0 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
Birthplace: London, England, UK


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