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Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England, UK. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch attended Brambletye School and Harrow School. Whilst at Harrow, he had an arts scholarship and painted large oil canvases. It's also where he began acting. After he finished school, he took a year off to teach English in a Tibetan monastery. On his return, he studied drama at Manchester University. He continued his training with a one-year course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. By the time he had completed his studies, he already had an agent.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. 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; receiving his third BAFTA nomination. In 2011, he appeared in two Oscar-nominated films - War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He followed this up with acclaimed roles in the science fiction action film Star Trek Into Darkness and the dramas 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, and August: Osage County, as well as starring as Alan Turing in 2014's The Imitation Game.  See full bio on IMDb »

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