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People in Film | Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted October 14, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Benedict Cumberbatch"

From school plays to playing Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch has combined a shrewd intelligence with a sense of wonder and enthusiasm. These two qualities come together perfectly in his performance in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY.

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Benedict Cumberbatch | Small-Screen Sherlock

Cumberbatch in the BBC hit series Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch was so in demand as a stage actor that he could easily have made a career of playing Shakespeare, Ibsen and Eugene O'Neill in the West End; however, that was not to be his fate. In 2004, he was chosen to play Stephen Hawking in the BBC's small-screen biopic of the physics genius, Hawking, and gave a brilliant performance that won him a Best Actor nomination at the BAFTA Awards. A number of other TV roles followed (including playing opposite fellow TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY star Tom Hardy in STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS in 2007) before he found even greater success playing another brilliant British brain, Sherlock Holmes, in Sherlock, the smash hit BBC series that transposes Arthur Conan Doyle's mysteries to the present day. “There's a great charge you get from playing him, because of the volume of words in your head and the speed of thought – you really have to make your connections incredibly fast,” Cumberbatch told The Guardian about playing Holmes. “He is one step ahead of the audience, and of anyone around him with normal intellect.”