Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Highest Rated: 100% The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019)

Lowest Rated: 22% Zoolander No. 2 (2016)

Birthday: Jul 19, 1976

Birthplace: London, England, UK

One of the most well-respected British thespians of his generation, Benedict Cumberbatch may have taken the classic route to acting fame: spouting off Shakespeare at drama school, followed by BBC roles and eventually films, but his type of fame is decidedly 21st century. Cumberbatch is beloved by a very devoted cadre of fans, who line the stranger corners of the internet with all sorts of fan art and memes dedicated to their favorite actor. From Oscar nominated prestige dramas to Marvel superhero tentpole blockbusters, there was no limit to Cumberbatch's range, one might even call him a leading man disguised as an eccentric character actor. Born on July 19. 1976 in London to actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, Cumberbatch came from literal royalty: his third cousin sixteen times removed was Richard III. While away at boarding school, Cumberbatch became interested in acting. He made his stage debut at the age of 12, playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in a school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Before university, Cumberbatch took a gap year to teach English at a Tibetan monastery, which began a lifetime of studying Buddhist philosophy. After earning his masters in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Cumberbatch began working on the stage. His breakthrough in the UK came when he was cast as Stephen Hawking in the miniseries "Hawking" (BBC, 2004), soon followed by an acclaimed role in the film "Amazing Grace" (2006). Cumberbatch next earned his first lead role, in the miniseries "The Last Enemy" (BBC, 2008), before landing the part that would make him a cause celebrae on both sides of the pond: Sherlock Holmes. "Sherlock" (BBC/PBS, 2012-) was a thoroughly modern take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic sleuth: Cumberbatch's Holmes was acerbic and dangerous, and with Martin Freeman's Watson as his foil, Cumberbatch got to delightfully chew the scenery. His performance in the third season netted him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Speaking of movies, Cumberbatch's next big role was as a lovesick closeted spy hunting down a mole in Tomas Alfredsson's acclaimed take on the John le Careé classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011). Thanks to his growing online fandom, Cumberbatch soon found himself on the radar of major filmmakers casting big tentpole projects: for Peter Jackson he lended his voice to the villainous dragon Smaug across three films: "The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey" (2012), "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013), and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (2014), while also taking on the role of the legendary sci-fi heavy, Khan, for JJ Abrams's "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013). For his turn as Alan Turing, inventor of the modern computer who was tormented by British law for his homosexuality, in the drama "The Imitation Game" (2014), Cumberbatch received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. This also lead to Cumberbatch signing an open letter, published in The Guardian on January 31, 2015, asking the British government to pardon all gay and bisexual men who were convicted under the same defunct "indecency" laws as Alan Turing. Cumberbatch was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015 for his services on behalf of the arts and charity. For his next role, Cumberbatch took on the titular role of "Doctor Strange" (2016) in Marvel's most psychedelic superhero adventure yet. He would reprise the role for "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) and "Avengers: Endgame" (2019). Cumberbatch earned another Emmy nomination for his lead role in the miniseries "Patrick Melrose" (HBO, 2018), before taking things full circle to the beginning of his career by taking the job of president of LAMDA, his old alma mater. Cumberbatch could next be seen in Sam Mendes' World War I drama "1917" (2019).

Highest rated movies

12 Years a Slave The Power of the Dog Avengers: Endgame Spider-Man: No Way Home Thor: Ragnarok
Starter for 10
Doctor Strange




74% 85% Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Doctor Stephen Strange (Character) $409.2M 2022
93% 98% Spider-Man: No Way Home Doctor Strange (Character) $804.4M 2021
94% 76% The Power of the Dog Phil Burbank (Character) - 2021
70% 73% The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Louis Wain (Character) - 2021
75% 84% The Mauritanian Stu Couch (Character),
$832.4K 2021
85% 95% The Courier Greville Wynne (Character) $6.6M 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet There's a Hole in My Bucket Narrator - 2020
88% 88% 1917 Colonel Mackenzie (Character) $159.2M 2019
61% 79% The Current War: Director's Cut Thomas Edison (Character),
Executive Producer
$6.0M 2019
75% 43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange (Character) $858.4M 2019
80% 67% Brexit Dominic Cummings (Character) - 2019
32% No Score Yet The Current War Unknown (Character) - 2019
100% No Score Yet The Tiger Who Came to Tea Unknown (Voice) - 2019
52% 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Shere Khan (Voice) - 2018
59% 51% Dr. Seuss' The Grinch The Grinch (Voice) $270.9M 2018
85% 91% Avengers: Infinity War Dr. Stephen Strange (Character) $678.8M 2018
79% 48% The Child in Time Stephen (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2017
81% 57% Walk With Me Narrator $716.5K 2017
93% 87% Thor: Ragnarok Doctor Strange (Character) $315.0M 2017
89% 86% Doctor Strange Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange (Character) $232.6M 2016
22% 20% Zoolander No. 2 All (Character) $28.8M 2016
73% 68% Black Mass Bill Bulger (Character) $62.6M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Solar Superstorms Narrator - 2015
No Score Yet 76% Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet Narrator - 2014
89% 91% The Imitation Game Alan Turing (Character) $91.1M 2014
74% 63% Penguins of Madagascar Agent Classified (Voice) $83.3M 2014
59% 74% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Smaug (Voice) $255.1M 2014
85% 72% Stephen Hawking Biography Unknown (Character) - 2013
67% 65% August: Osage County Little Charles Aiken (Character) $37.7M 2013
74% 85% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Smaug (Voice) $258.4M 2013
95% 90% 12 Years a Slave William Ford (Character) $56.7M 2013
35% 36% The Fifth Estate Julian Assange (Character) $3.3M 2013
89% 82% Jerusalem Narrator $8.0M 2013
84% 89% Star Trek Into Darkness John Harrison (Character) $228.8M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet Narrator - 2013
92% 54% Wreckers David (Character) - 2011
84% 65% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Peter Guillam (Character) $24.1M 2011
75% 74% War Horse Major Stewart (Character) $79.9M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Frankenstein The Creature / Victor Frankenstein (Character) - 2011
47% 84% Third Star James (Character) - 2010
75% 71% The Whistleblower Nick Phillips (Character) $1.1M 2010
83% 80% Four Lions Ed (Character) $304.1K 2009
47% 49% Creation Joseph Hooker (Character) $340.6K 2009
No Score Yet 56% Burlesque Fairytales Henry Clark (Character) - 2009
43% 62% The Other Boleyn Girl William Carey (Character) $26.8M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: Murder Is Easy Luke Fitzwilliam (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 85% Stuart: A Life Backwards Alexander Masters (Character) - 2007
83% 80% Atonement Paul Marshall (Character) $50.9M 2007
90% 66% Starter for 10 Patrick (Character) $210.1K 2006
67% 85% Amazing Grace William Pitt (Character) $21.2M 2006
No Score Yet 86% Hawking Stephen Hawking (Character) - 2004


No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2016 2022
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016 2018-2019 2021-2022
No Score Yet 43% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014 2016-2018 2021-2022
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2013-2018 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2014 2018 2022
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013 2015-2016 2018-2019 2021
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
94% 94% What If...? Doctor Strange (Voice) 2021
85% 75% The Simpsons Willoughby (Guest Voice) 2013 2021
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2019
90% 44% Patrick Melrose Patrick Melrose (Character),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2015 2018
78% 80% Sherlock Sherlock Holmes (Character) 2010 2012 2014 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character),
2014 2016
98% 81% The Hollow Crown Richard III (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock Holmes (Character) 2010 2014 2016
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2014
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
No Score Yet 57% Top Gear Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Parade's End Christopher Tietjens (Character) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Unknown (Character) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet South Pacific Narrator 2009
No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dunkirk Lieutenant Jimmy Langley (Character) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortysomething Unknown (Character) 2003