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'''Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch''' {{born|19|July|1976}} is an English actor who played {{alt|Khan Noonien Singh}} (a.k.a. "John Harrison") in {{film|12}}. In February 2012, several images and video from the filming of the climactic fight scene between Cumberbatch's Khan and [[Zachary Quinto]]'s {{alt|Spock}} appeared on the web. [http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=604]
 
'''Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch''' {{born|19|July|1976}} is an English actor who played {{alt|Khan Noonien Singh}} (a.k.a. "John Harrison") in {{film|12}}. In February 2012, several images and video from the filming of the climactic fight scene between Cumberbatch's Khan and [[Zachary Quinto]]'s {{alt|Spock}} appeared on the web. [http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=604]
   
Cumberbatch is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC drama program ''Sherlock'', which premiered in 2010 and has as of 2014 ten episodes. Cumberbatch received a [[Britannia Award]] at the 2013 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards as British Artist of the Year, honoring his work on ''Star Trek Into Darkness'', ''Twelve Years a Slave'', ''The Fifth Estate'', ''August: Osage County'', and ''The Hobbitt: The Desolation of Smaug''.
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Cumberbatch is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC drama program ''Sherlock'', which premiered in 2010 and has as of 2014 ten episodes. Cumberbatch received a [[Britannia Award]] at the 2013 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards as British Artist of the Year, honoring his work on ''Star Trek Into Darkness'', ''12 Years a Slave'', ''The Fifth Estate'', ''August: Osage County'', and ''The Hobbitt: The Desolation of Smaug''.
   
 
== Early life and career ==
 
== Early life and career ==
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Five months after his appearance in ''Star Trek Into Darkness'', Cumberbatch appeared on the cover of ''{{w|Time (magazine)|Time}}'' magazine. The shoot came about after photographer Paola Kudacki took her nephews to see the film, and one of them commented "''He has such an interesting face.''" [http://lightbox.time.com/2013/10/17/go-behind-the-scenes-with-benedict-cumberbatch/]
 
Five months after his appearance in ''Star Trek Into Darkness'', Cumberbatch appeared on the cover of ''{{w|Time (magazine)|Time}}'' magazine. The shoot came about after photographer Paola Kudacki took her nephews to see the film, and one of them commented "''He has such an interesting face.''" [http://lightbox.time.com/2013/10/17/go-behind-the-scenes-with-benedict-cumberbatch/]
   
Cumberbatch had a principal role in the film adaptation of Solomon Northup's memoir ''Twelve Years a Slave'' (2013), which also co-stars [[Alfre Woodard]]. He also played Julian Assange, the controversial founder of {{w|WikiLeaks}}, in the biographical drama ''The Fifth Estate'' (2013), and is part of the ensemble cast of the film version of Tracy Letts' play ''August: Osage County'' (2013). Also in 2013, he completed the short thriller ''Little Favour'' in which he portrayed the leading character and worked on as producer and executive producer. Another 2013 project was voice work as voice of {{w|Alan Rickman}} and the Prime Minister in ''The Simpsons'' episode "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing".
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In addition to ''Star Trek Into Darkness'', Cumberbatch appeared in several other high-profile films released in 2013. He is part of the ensemble cast of the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' play ''August: Osage County'' and has a principal role in ''12 Years a Slave'' (based on {{w|Twelve Years a Slave|Solomon Northup's memoir}}), which co-stars [[Alfre Woodard]]. Cumberbatch also starred as controversial {{w|WikiLeaks}} founder {{w|Julian Assange}} in the dramatic thriller ''The Fifth Estate'', in which former [[DS9]] star [[Alexander Siddig]] has a supporting role.
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Cumberbatch provided the voices of actor {{w|Alan Rickman}} and the Prime Minister of England in the Feb. 10, 2013 episode of ''The Simpsons'' titled "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing." He also produced and starred in a short film called ''Little Favour''.
   
 
== Upcoming projects ==
 
== Upcoming projects ==
In addition to the upcoming ''Hobbit'' sequels ''The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'' (set up for a 2013 release) and ''The Hobbit: There and Back Again'' (set fpr a 2014 release), Cumberbatch will play the lead role in the thriller ''The Imitation Game'' (2014), lend his voice to the animated projects ''The Penguins of Madagascar'' (2015) and ''Magik'' (2015), and play British explorer Percy Fawcett in the bio-pic ''The Lost City of Z'' which is currently in pre-procution. Rumored is, that Cumberbatch will have a leading role in {{w|Gary Oldman}}'s drama ''Flying Horse'', set for a 2014 release.
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In addition to the upcoming ''Hobbit'' sequels ''The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'' (set up for a 2013 release) and ''The Hobbit: There and Back Again'' (arriving in 2014), Cumberbatch will play the lead role in the thriller ''The Imitation Game'' (2014), lend his voice to the animated projects ''The Penguins of Madagascar'' (2015) and ''Magik'' (2015), and play British explorer Percy Fawcett in the biopic ''The Lost City of Z'' which is currently in pre-production.
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==

Revision as of 05:16, October 23, 2013

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Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
Birth name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 19 July 1976
Place of birth: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Roles: Khan Noonien Singh
File:Khan Singh, alternate reality.jpg
... as Khan
... as Khan

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976; age 37) is an English actor who played Khan Noonien Singh (a.k.a. "John Harrison") in Star Trek Into Darkness. In February 2012, several images and video from the filming of the climactic fight scene between Cumberbatch's Khan and Zachary Quinto's Spock appeared on the web. [1]

Cumberbatch is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC drama program Sherlock, which premiered in 2010 and has as of 2014 ten episodes. Cumberbatch received a Britannia Award at the 2013 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards as British Artist of the Year, honoring his work on Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, and The Hobbitt: The Desolation of Smaug.

Early life and career

Born in London, England, Cumberbatch is the son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. Following education at Brambletye School in West Sussex, he received an arts scholarship to Harrow School, where he began performing in school plays. He made his acting debut at age 13, playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in a Harrow production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". He later studied drama at the University of Manchester and continued training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Cumberbarch began his professional acting career on the stage in 2001 and made the transition to television and film a year later. He was lauded for his performance as Stephen Hawking in the 2004 BBC drama Hawking, which featured his future Star Trek Into Darkness co-star, Alice Eve. He and Eve again appeared together in the 2006 feature film Starter for 10. Cumberbatch also gave a critically-acclaimed performance as William Pitt in the 2006 film Amazing Grace.

Film career (2007–present)

Cumberbatch has worked with two other actors who played villains in Star Trek films. He starred opposite Tom Hardy in the 2007 television movie Stuart: A Life Backwards; both actors later appeared in the 2011 adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Cumberbatch also appeared with Eric Bana in the 2008 film The Other Boleyn Girl.

Cumberbatch's other film credits include the 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement and Steven Spielberg's 2011 drama War Horse. He also provided the voices and performance-captures of Smaug the dragon and the Necromancer in the three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, opposite his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman and fellow Star Trek Into Darkness actor Manu Bennett. The first film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was released in 2012.

Five months after his appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch appeared on the cover of Time magazine. The shoot came about after photographer Paola Kudacki took her nephews to see the film, and one of them commented "He has such an interesting face." [2]

In addition to Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch appeared in several other high-profile films released in 2013. He is part of the ensemble cast of the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' play August: Osage County and has a principal role in 12 Years a Slave (based on Solomon Northup's memoir), which co-stars Alfre Woodard. Cumberbatch also starred as controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the dramatic thriller The Fifth Estate, in which former DS9 star Alexander Siddig has a supporting role.

Cumberbatch provided the voices of actor Alan Rickman and the Prime Minister of England in the Feb. 10, 2013 episode of The Simpsons titled "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing." He also produced and starred in a short film called Little Favour.

Upcoming projects

In addition to the upcoming Hobbit sequels The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (set up for a 2013 release) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (arriving in 2014), Cumberbatch will play the lead role in the thriller The Imitation Game (2014), lend his voice to the animated projects The Penguins of Madagascar (2015) and Magik (2015), and play British explorer Percy Fawcett in the biopic The Lost City of Z which is currently in pre-production.

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