Benedict Timothy Cumberbatch CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), is a renowned British Actor who has made a notable mark in Hollywood as well as the British entertainment industry. He has succeeded in building a flourishing acting career over the past years. More so, he leaped into stardom as a result of his iconic role as Sherlock Holmes in the popular TV series, Sherlock.
However, his incredible acting skills have landed him so many awards and nominations. As a result of the intriguing role he played in Sherlock, Benedict won Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a movie. Above all, in June 2015, Queen Elizabeth II decorated him with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. This was conferred on him because of his excellent performing act and philanthropic services. Learn more about the talented actor below.
Benedict Cumberbatch Biography (Age)
The highly talented British actor was born at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, West London’s Hammersmith and Fulham borough district. He was born into the family of movie stars and his parents are Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. Actually, they didn’t want their son to pursue a career in theatre art, but no one can cheat destiny.
While growing up, Cumberbatch gained an art scholarship to study at Harrow School. He had a passion for painting and rugby when he was in school but eventually ended up pursuing a career in theatre art. Also, he was a member of The Rattigan Society; his school’s drama club.
After graduating from Harrow, he first worked as an English teacher at Tibetan Monastery, India. He taught for a period of one year before he left to further his education. Then he studied Drama at Victoria University of Manchester which is now known as the University of Manchester. He also attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) where he obtained a Master of Art (MA) degree in Classical Acting.
The renowned actor made his acting debut when he was 12, in a William Shakespeare playlet. There, he played the character of Titania, Queen of the Fairies in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. After that, Martin Tyrell – Benedict Cumberbatch’s drama teacher was marveled at the talent deposited in this young schoolboy. He stated that the little man was the best schoolboy actor he has ever met.
Cumberbatch kicked off his professional acting career in 2001; he played distinctive roles in quite a number of classic plays. Acting as George Tesman in Hedda Gabler playlet, he displayed an outstanding performance, of which he was highly acclaimed by many. As a result of this, he got an Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role.
In addition, Benedict Cumberbatch has made numerous appearances on and off the screen. He has featured both on television shows and in movies, as well as, radio and animated series. Some of his television shows include Silent Witness (2002), Hawking (2004), Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007); in which he featured alongside Tom Hardy, Sherlock (2010), Parade’s End (2012), and Patrick Melrose (2018).
The highlight of his notable movies includes Amazing Grace (2006), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), Doctor Strange (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He has played voice roles in animated series such as An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit series (2012 to 2013), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), among others.
His Net Worth
Benedict Cumberbatch has appeared in a good number of movies as well as TV series. He has made huge wealth for himself and is currently living a luxury lifestyle. The actor currently has an estimated net worth of $30million. In addition to his acting prowess, Benedict was named among Time Magazine’s 2014 list of most influential people in the world.
Is He Gay?
In 2014, the LGBT community praised Benedict Cumberbatch for telling the whole world about his sexuality experimentation. He admitted that he had explored his sexuality while attending Brambleyte boarding school. However, he made this revelation during an interview section with Out Magazine. Also, he affirmed that it’s equally cool to be gay or straight and that he would fight anti-gay extremist to death. Nevertheless, he is yet to declare publicly if he is gay or not.
Family: Mum, Wife, and Kids
Just like we mentioned earlier, the British movie star came from a lineage of actors; his parents are also professional actors. His mum, Wanda Ventham is an English actress, who is popularly known for her role as Colonel Virginia Lake in the 1970 sci-fi series, UFO. Notably, his parents appeared in the fourth season of Sherlock where they portrayed his title character’s parents.
Cumberbatch is married to an English theatre director named Sophie Hunter. Prior to their engagement, the couple had been a good friend for a very long time. They finally announced their engagement on 5th November 2014. The following year, they tied the knot in a lavish wedding held on 14th February 2015. Their wedding took place at the 12th-century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Mottistone. Shortly after their wedding, the couple welcomed their first son, Christopher Carlton in June 2015. Two years later, Sophie gave birth to their second son, Hal Auden.