Who is Benedict Cumberbatch? [Biography and Facts]

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is a famous British actor. He is most known as Benedict Cumberbatch. He was born on July 19, 1976, in London, England and he spent his childhood years there. 

Early Life:

He is the second child of Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton couple. His parents Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton are both actors. Benedict has a sister and her name is “Tracy Peacock”

He spent his childhood years in London and he attended the boarding school when he was 8.

At the age of 12, he had his first stage experience with the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. He studied theater at the University of Manchester. He then continued his education as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He had a master’s degree in classical acting there.

Soon after graduating from Harrow, the actor voluntarily taught English at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling in India for a year.


He made the beginning of his acting career in theater plays, which he started to take part in 2001. The famous actor played in many theaters plays between 2001-2011. The actor also acted in many Tv series and movies during these years.

Benedict’s first professional acting experience was with the role of “The Man” in the movie “Hills Like White Elephants”, which was released in 2002.

The famous actor, who entered the Tv series and movie industry in 2002, has been in dozens of Tv series and movies since then.

Benedict Cumberbatch has also done voice-over in radio theaters and television, as well as in theater plays, movies, and Tv series. In the work of cinema, he gained a lot of acclaim with his voice-over “Smaug” in the “Hobbit” movie series.

Even though the actor has been involved in many successful productions throughout his career, he is mostly known all over the world by mini tv series called “Sherlock Holmes”. Until this time he was famous in Great Britain but not outside of the UK. That is why Sherlock Holmes was a breakthrough moment for Benedict’s acting career. 

Benedict Cumberbatch starred as “Sherlock” in the famous television series “Sherlock Holmes”. It is a modern adaptation of the fictional detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes stories are milestones in the field of crime fiction. Sherlock is described as the only person who can solve the mysterious crime cases in London. There is a Doctor Watson next to him who is his only friend. Sherlock lives in Same Baker Street.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who took part in this very enjoyable, entertaining, and exciting production, has become a worldwide famous actor. Currently, he is very popular all over the world.

Personal Life:

Benedict Cumberbatch has been together with “Olivia Poulet”, whom he met during his university years, for 12 years between 1999-2011. However, the couple, who had disagreements at the end of this long process in the relationship, decided to separate at the end of 2011.

The famous British actor has been in love with the famous painter “Anna James” shortly after he broke up with Olivia Poulet. However, this relationship ended after a very short time.

Lastly, Benedict started a relationship with her friend of 17 years, “Sophie Hunter”, and they got married. The couple got married in 2015 at the “St. Peter and St. Paul” church in England on February 14, which is a special day both for them and for lovers around the world.

The couple had children in the first year of their marriage (in 2015). Their first child is named “Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch”. Then, in 2017, the couple’s second son “Hal Auden Cumberbatch” and in 2019 their third son “Finn Cumberbatch” was born.

Theatre Productions of Benedict Cumberbatch:

  • 2001 – Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • 2001 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 2002 – As You Like It
  • 2002 – Romeo and Juliet
  • 2002 – Oh, What a Lovely War!
  • 2004 – The Lady from the Sea
  • 2005 – Hedda Gabler
  • 2006 – Period of Adjustment
  • 2007 – Rhinoceros
  • 2007 – The Arsonists
  • 2008 – The City
  • 2010 – After the Dance
  • 2011 – Frankenstein

Movies and Tv series of Benedict Cumberbatch:

  • 2002 – Hills Like White Elephants (Movie)
  • 2002 – Fields of Gold (TV series)
  • 2002 – Tipping the Velvet (TV series)
  • 2002 – Silent Witness (TV series)
  • 2003 – To Kill a King (Movie)
  • 2003 – Cambridge Spies (TV series)
  • 2003 – Spooks (TV series)
  • 2003 – Fortysomething (TV series)
  • 2004 – Dunkirk (TV series)
  • 2004 – Hawking (Movie)
  • 2005 – To the Ends of the Earth (TV series)
  • 2005 – Broken News(TV series)
  • 2005 – Nathan Barley (TV series)
  • 2006 – Starter for 10 (Movie)
  • 2006 – Amazing Grace (Movie)
  • 2007 – Inseparable (Movie)
  • 2007 – Atonement (Movie)
  • 2007 – Stuart: A Life Backwards (TV series)
  • 2008 – Boleyn Girl (Movie)
  • 2008 – Burlesque Fairytales (Movie)
  • 2008 – The Last Enemy (TV series)
  • 2009 – Creation (Movie)
  • 2009 – Marple: Murder Is Easy (TV series)
  • 2009 – Small Island (TV series)
  • 2010 – Four Lions (Movie)
  • 2010 – Third Star (Movie)
  • 2010 – The Whistleblower (Movie)
  • 2010 – Wreckers (Movie)
  • 2010 – Van Gogh: Painted with Words (TV series)
  • 2010 – Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (Documentary)
  • 2010 – The Rattigan Enigma by Benedict Cumberbatch (Documentary)
  • 2010 – Sherlock (Movie)
  • 2010-2014 – Sherlock (TV series)
  • 2011 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Movie)
  • 2012 – The Hobbit (Movie)
  • 2012 – Parade’s End (TV series)
  • 2013 – Star Trek Into Darkness (Movie)
  • 2013 – The Fifth Estate (Movie)
  • 2014 – The Penguins of Madagascar (Movie)
  • 2014 – The Lost City of Z (Movie)
  • 2014 – The Imitation Game (Movie)
  • 2014 – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Movie)
  • 2014 – Flying Horse (Movie)
  • 2014 – Black Mass (Movie)

Social Media Accounts:

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the rare famous names who resist using social media. He does not have any social media accounts.

In a statement he made in 2019, the famous actor said; He stated that he stayed away from Twitter because the character limit.

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