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Benedict Cumberbatch

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Academy Award Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch is known for playing the title role of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in a role that has earned him international acclaim and several awards including The Primetime Emmy.

In 2015 Benedict portrayed Alan Turing in the multi award winning film The Imitation Game which earned him a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Other big screen performances include the role of the dragon Smaug and the Necromancer in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Khan in JJ Abrams’ blockbuster Star Trek: Into Darkness, Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, Little’ Charles Aiken in August: Osage County, Ford in Steve McQueen’s Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave and Billy Bulger in Black Mass.

Early TV roles included his incredibly powerful performance as Stephen Hawking, in the BBC’s highly acclaimed drama Hawking which earned him his first BAFTA nomination. A second BAFTA nomination came in 2010 for his portrayal of Bernard in the BBC adaptation of Small Island. Benedict also starred as Christopher Tietjens in Tom Stoppard’s BBC/HBO drama Parades End based on the acclaimed novels, also earning him an Emmy nomination.

In 2016 his depiction of Richard III in the BBC’s Hollow Crown series cemented his place as one of the finest actors of his generation earning him another BAFTA nomination. Benedict joined the Marvel Universe as the titular character in 2016’s Doctor Strange, reprising his role as Dr. Strange in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. More recently, Benedict’s performance in David Nicholls’ adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s beloved Patrick Melrose has earned him a BAFTA for Best Actor and Emmy and Golden Globe Best Actor nominations. In 2019, he appeared in the HBO/Channel 4 political drama Brexit: The Uncivil War, filmed the Cold War spy-drama The Courier and a film about the English artist Louis Wain both due for release March 2021. Last year Benedict filmed the Jane Campion film The Power Of The Dog and has just completed filming on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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