17 Facts About Benedict Cumberbatch

1. From 2012 to 2014, through voice and motion capture, Benedict Cumberbatch played Smaug and Sauron in The Hobbit film series.

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2. In June 2010, Benedict Cumberbatch led the revival of Sir Terence Rattigan's After the Dance directed by Thea Sharrock at the Royal National Theatre.

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3. In February 2011, Benedict Cumberbatch began playing, on alternate nights, both Victor Frankenstein and his creature, opposite Jonny Lee Miller, in Boyle's stage production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at the Royal National Theatre.

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4. In 2005, Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed protagonist Edmund Talbot in the miniseries To the Ends of the Earth, based on Sir William Golding's trilogy; during filming he experienced a terrifying carjacking in South Africa, managing to escape.

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5. In 2008, Benedict Cumberbatch played the lead character in the BBC miniseries drama The Last Enemy, earning a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film.

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6. In 2010, Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Vincent van Gogh in Van Gogh: Painted with Words.

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7. In February 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared with Sesame Street characters Murray and Count von Count for PBS.

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8. In 2019 Benedict Cumberbatch appeared as British political strategist Dominic Cummings in HBO and Channel 4's television film Brexit: The Uncivil War.

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9. In 2021, Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the drama The Power of the Dog, written and directed by Jane Campion.

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10. In 2013, Benedict Cumberbatch narrated the documentary film Jerusalem about the ancient city.

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11. On 28 September 2016, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on stage with Pink Floyd member David Gilmour during one of the musician's shows in London held at the Royal Albert Hall.

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12. Adept at impersonating others, Benedict Cumberbatch was referred to as the "New King of Celebrity Impressionists" by Vulture magazine.

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13. In 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch was included in The Sunday Times "100 Makers of the 21st Century", cited as this generation's Laurence Olivier.

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14. Together with Prince Philip, Benedict Cumberbatch presented 85 young people with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at St James's Palace on 19 March 2014.

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15. In February 2016, Benedict Cumberbatch was appointed visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

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16. In 2003, Benedict Cumberbatch joined the Stop the War Coalition protest in London against the Iraq War.

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17. In 2016, Benedict Cumberbatch was one of over 280 figures from the arts world who backed a vote for the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union with regard to the June 2016 referendum on that issue.

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