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Benedict Cumberbatch is a British actor, born on 19th July 1976 in London, England. Benedict is the son of actors Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch and Wanda Ventham. He is most famous for playing the lead role in 'Sherlock'. Benedict also stars in 'The Imitation Game', 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' and 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' as Khan.
Benedict is featured on the front and interviewed in Square Mile magazine for the Evening Standard. Here is an excerpt from the interview below:
When asked what he does in his private time, he replied: “None of your business. And I certainly don’t talk about it to journalists. Sorry I didn’t mean that as aggressively as it came out. That was supposed to be a joke! But yeah, it’s private – and I enjoy that, you know.”
The full interview is out now in the December issue and you can read it online if you subscribe, which is free. Cumberbum Tumbler already have it available to read and I have put it in our gallery for you to view.
‘I’m so lucky to have such supportive and generous fans. Nothing would make me happier though than for their love, time, effort and money to be channelled towards people who are really in need at Christmas. Homeless charities, humanitarian organisations and human rights charities all deserve our support. If that seems too impersonal for you or you don’t have any money to give please just do someone a favour who needs it or who you love as that’s the best Christmas present I could ever think of having. Goodwill to all! Thank you again to all those that did this for my birthday I was soo moved by the money raised and all your ‘Batch Of Kindness’ stories… As I think it was called… Silly names aside the deeds were marvellous, imaginative and so generous. Thank you Bx’
The New York Times magazine has also released this video called ‘Benedict Cumberbatch Hates Internet Speak’, you can listen to some interesting clips from Benedict in between hearing the journalist talk.
While making the rounds on Monday morning to talk about The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch was repeatedly congratulated on recently getting engaged to theater director Sophie Hunter.
However, while on Live! With Kelly and Michael, Kelly Ripa noted many women were sad to hear about his upcoming nuptials. “One girl wasn’t!” he said smiling. “I’m very happy. I’m a very happy man. I have a great population of fans as well — they’re smart, they’ll get around to the idea. … Your ovaries do still have use, let me tell you!”
The actor made the announcement with a newspaper ad earlier this month, because “it’s kind of the way I would have done it if I wasn’t in this exalted, weird position of being famous for being an actor. It’s the way we do things back at home in Blighty. … And it’s what I did to try and normalize the situation, rather than some grainy photography of some wedding ring.”
So did he propose the old-fashioned way too? “Sort of, but that’s for me to know and no one else to find out, but yes,” he noted while on Good Morning America. And of whether or not his mother is already asking for Cumberbabies, he responded, “I definitely don’t think my mum would use that term, but yeah, there are people out there who seem to create collective nouns for everything to do with the first part of my name.”
The photos of Benedict from the Penguins Of Madagascar New York Premiere (16th) are in the gallery. Also on the official Dreamworks Animation blog you can see the transcript from the Q & A Benedict did with fans yesterday. Definitely worth a read!
Sherlock and 12 Years A Slave star Benedict Cumberbatch is to be honoured at the British Independent Film Awards.
He will receive the Variety award at the London ceremony on 7 December for helping “focus the international spotlight on the UK”.
The award coincides with the release of his latest film, The Imitation Game, in which he plays codebreaker Alan Turing.
The drama is up for four awards at the Bifa ceremony and has also been mooted as a potential Oscar contender.
“I am delighted to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank Variety and The Moet British Independent Film Awards for this incredible honour,” the actor said in a statement.
“It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year’s nominations, a film I am very proud to be a part of.”
Cumberbatch’s roles include Atonement, War Horse, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Hobbit, in which he plays the role of Smaug, a dragon.
He studied drama at Manchester University before training at The London Academy of Dramatic Art, and first received acclaim for his portrayal of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in the 2004 BBC drama Hawking.
That role earned him his first Bafta Award, and he has also been rewarded for his roles in TV drama Small Island and, on the stage, Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, in which he alternated the roles of creature and Dr Frankenstein.
Other previous winners of Bifa’s Variety Award include Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.
Last year, it went to director Paul Greengrass, who recently confirmed he would return to the Bourne movie franchise with Matt Damon.
The Bifas celebrate British films made for less than £20m. This year’s winners will be decided by a jury chaired by Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech.
The contenders for best film are:
The Imitation Game
In the best actor category, Cumberbatch will go head-to-head with Timothy Spall, who is nominated for his portrayal of JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s film.
The most nominated film is ’71, about life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, which is shortlisted nine times.
A complete list of this year’s nominations can be found on the official Bifa website.
2014 | The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies … Smaug/The Necromancer
The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? In Cinemas 12th December 2014
2014 | The Penguins of Madagascar … Classified (The Wolf)
The film will see Classified and the quartet of troublesome penguins going up against evil eight-limbed antagonist Octavius Brine, an octopus. In cinemas 5th December.
2014 | Poppy Field's … (Voice)
The show follows the story of Poppy, a well meaning but eccentric man who owns an old fashioned retirement home in rural England. When he’s about to go broke, he must count on the assistance of miscreants he may have been better off without. Pre-production.
2015 | Hamlet (Theatre) … Hamlet
The main protagonist is Prince Hamlet, the son of King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude. When the play opens, King Hamlet has recently died. Claudius, King Hamlet's brother, has been crowned the new King and has married Gertrude. Shortly after his mother's marriage, Prince Hamlet meets his father's spirit. Announced.
? | The Yellow Birds … Iraq Soldier
Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment. Pre-production.
2016 | The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses … Richard III
The Wars Of The Roses – the follow-up to the original Bafta-winning series will consist of three films, starting with Henry VI parts 1 and 2 followed by Richard III. Filming.
2016 | Magik … Lewis (Voice)
Lewis Clark is a brilliant author who stumbles upon a world of Magic after the disappearance of his two young children. He begins a quest to try to stop the insidious evil that threatens to destroy both his new world and his old one. Post production.