Benedict Cumberbatch


  • Birth name
  • Birthdate
  • Birthplace
  • Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
  • 1976-07-19
  • London, England, UK

Benedict was born and raised in London, UK. His parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, are both actors. He 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 TV 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 TV series "Sherlock"; receiving his third BAFTA nomination. In 2011, he has appeared in two Oscar-nominated films - "War Horse" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".