Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the London stage in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre, directed by Lyndsey Turner.
Cumberbatch studied Drama at Manchester University before training at The London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Benedict’s stage work includes: two seasons in Regents Park with The New Shakespeare Co, Linsrand in Trevor Nunn’s production of Lady from the Sea, George in Tenessee William’s Period of Adjustment , Teesman in Richard Eyre’s West End ensemble production of Hedda Gabbler, for which he received Olivier and Ian Charleston Award nominations, Berenger in Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, The Arsonists and The City at The Royal Court, and in 2010, he took the role of David Scott Fowler in Thea Sharrock’s National Theatre, award winning Rattigan revival After the Dance.
In 2011 Cumberbatch returned to The National Theatre, alternating the roles of The Creature and Dr Frankenstein in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein, earning him an Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.
His TV work includes: Early TV roles included Tipping the Velvet, Silent Witness, Nathan Barley, Spooks, Dunkirk, To the Ends of the Earth and The Last Enemy.
His powerful portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC’s acclaimed drama Hawking bought him to the attention of an international audience and earned him his first BAFTA nomination. His second BAFTA nomination came in 2010 for his portrayal of Bernard in the BBC adaptation of Small Island.
Benedict is best known for playing the title role of Sherlock Holmes in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ adaption of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books. It is a role that has earned him international acclaim and several awards including two BAFTA nominations, a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for Best Actor. Cumberbatch has recently starred in the BBC/HBO drama Parade’s End.
Forthcoming TV work includes a third series of Sherlock.
Cumberbatch’s film work includes: STARTER FOR TEN, AMAZING GRACE, THIRD STAR, WRECKERS, STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and the dastardly Herburt Marshall in Joe Wright’s Oscar-nominated ATONEMENT.
Other roles include Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of WAR HORSE and the part of Peter Guillam alongside Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth in Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.
Recent roles include as the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT, as the villain in JJ Abram’s STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, as Julian Assange in THE FIFTH ESTATE, as Charles Aiken in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY alongside Meryl Streep and in Steve McQueen’s Oscar winning movie 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
Forthcoming movies include Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, and as Bletchley codebreaker Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME.