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Benedict Cumberbatch, CBE (born 19 July 1976; age 48) is an English actor who played Khan Noonien Singh (aka "John Harrison") in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Cumberbatch appeared on two cards of the 2013 virtual collectible card battle game Star Trek: Rivals, card #105 titled Commander J. Harrison and card #111 titled Human Augment Khan.

Cumberbatch is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, Sherlock Holmes on the BBC drama program Sherlock from 2010 to 2017. 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 Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and an MTV Movie Award nomination in the category Best Villain for his work on Into Darkness. [1] [2]

Cumberbatch is married to theater director Sophie Hunter with who he has two sons, Christopher Carlton and Finn Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch was honored by Queen Elizabeth and named Commander of the Order of the British Empire. [3]

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 Alice Eve. He and Eve again appeared together in Starter for 10 (2006). Cumberbatch also gave a critically-acclaimed performance as William Pitt in Amazing Grace (2006).

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 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011). Cumberbatch also appeared with Eric Bana in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Cumberbatch's other film credits include Atonement (2007) and War Horse (2011). 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. Cumberbatch began working on The Hobbit after starting filming on Star Trek Into Darkness: a body scan of Cumberbatch created for Star Trek was given to Weta Digital to make the motion capture mask he wore for his roles in The Hobbit. [4] 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." [5]

Also that year Cumberbatch appeared in August: Osage County and had a principal role in 12 Years a Slave (2013, co-starring Alfre Woodard). Cumberbatch also starred in The Fifth Estate (2013, with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Alexander Siddig).

Cumberbatch provided the voices of actor Alan Rickman and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 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.

In 2014, Cumberbatch portrayed Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and lent his voice to The Penguins of Madagascar as well as voicing Smaug for the final time in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

In 2016, he played the lead role in Doctor Strange. He reprised the role in Thor: Ragnarok (2017, starring Chris Hemsworth, featuring Idris Elba and Karl Urban), Avengers: Infinity War (2018, with Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana), Avengers: Endgame (2019, with Chris Hensworth, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022, with Patrick Stewart and Anson Mount).

He starred as Colonel Mackenzie in 2019's 1917, Grenville Wynne in 2020's The Courier, Stuart Couch in 2021's The Mauritanian, Phill Burbank in 2021's Power of the Dog, and as Louis Whain in 2021's The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. Cumberbatch later starred as the titular character in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (2023).

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