Benedict is this sort of beautiful, exotic creature. He’s never going to play an ordinary man, ‘cause he couldn’t. That’s not what he’s like, but he will tell the stories of great men.
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is a British stage, film, television, and voice actor with an awesome name. Despite being in the entertainment business for ten years, he only recently skyrocketed into international stardom with his BAFTA nominated portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Now among most sought-after actors in showbiz, some critics hail him as one of the best in his generation.
Cumberbatch is well known for his ridiculously perfect cheekbones, remarkable intellect, and velvet-smooth baritone voice. The Times has described his voice as a 'jaguar hiding in a cello', and the Jaguar marketing team agrees with this. An unlikely sex symbol, he landed the #1 spot on The Sun's 2012 "Sexiest Man Alive" list (in which he "hadn't taken anything less serious in all his life") by a landslide thanks to his devoted fanbase. It looks like "brainy is the new sexy" after all!
He is secretly a ginger.
Notable works include:
- Atonement as Paul Marshall, an Upperclass Twit and rapist.
- Starter for 10 as Patrick Watts, an Upper Class Wit and University Challenge team captain
- Sherlock as Sherlock Holmes
- To the Ends of the Earth as Upperclass Twit Edmund Talbot
- Hawking as Stephen Hawking
- Seems to be the go-to guy for Stephen Hawking. He also did Professor Hawking's narration on a documentary.
- The Last Enemy as Stephen Ezard, a socially inept mathematician with OCD.
- Nathan Barley as Robin
- Amazing Grace as William Pitt
- The Other Boleyn Girl as William Carey (Scarlett Johansson's husband)
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as Peter Guillam
- War Horse as Major Jamie Stewart
- The Hobbit, as the motion capture for the dragon Smaug and the voice of the Necromancer (reuniting with Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman).
- Cabin Pressure as Captain Martin Crieff, an
- Third Star as James Kimberly Griffith, a dying man who doesn't want to die yet.
- J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel as an unconfirmed villain.
Exhibits Examples of:
- Adorkable: As demonstrated in this interview.
- Awesome McCoolname: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. Doesn't half roll off the tongue.
- J.J. Abrams jokingly admitted that his name was largely the reason he was cast in the Star Trek sequel.
- Although he did admit being teased a lot about it. He said once that the first response was always to call him "Cucumber Patch," and that it would usually go downhill from there. Apparently his best nickname was "Bendy-dick Cum-on-my-baps.". (To explain the joke to the more leftpondian among us, "baps" is a British slang term for breasts.)
- Blue Eyes: Has a rather startlingly pale pair. Combines with What Beautiful Eyes!, since every single director working with him finds a way to worship his eyes with side-lightning and close-ups.
- Sometimes almost green, see this image.
- They're called Glasz eyes. Depending on the lighting and other factors, they can look virtually any color eyes can possibly look. Just watch a few seconds of Sherlock, for example, and you can see them go from ice blue to silver to dark brown. That's just to name a few shades. Proof here.
- Chick Magnet: Just listen to all the screaming when he comes onto the stage during the PBS Q&A (you might not want to use headphones for the first 20 seconds). Jaguar Magazine's photoshoot even poked fun at the ordeal.
- According to at least one troper on the Sherlock page, Benedict also has the power to make lesbians jump ship.
- Covers Always Lie: The DVD of the Mini Series To The Ends Of The Earth pushed Benedict (who was the star) off of the cover in favor of Sam Neill, even though he plays a very minor character.
- Deadpan Snarker: Certainly came across this way when he hosted Have I Got News for You, but then again, that is the norm for host on that show.
- In real life he can be so deadpan that he's frequently misinterpreted as being serious, especially when his quotes are in print. These remarks are usually delivered in a gentlemanly fashion.
- Description Porn: Oh yes. If he is to write an article, chances are it will end up having this. Just take a look at the recount of his diving trip, or his thoughts on classical music. He also seems to delve into this trope when he's given enough time during interviews.
- Dyeing for Your Art: As previously mentioned, he's naturally a ginger, but dyes his hair dark brown for most of his roles (including Hawking), black for Sherlock and a sort of dishwater-blonde for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He also lost weight for the first series of Sherlock, then gained it back to demonstrate how John has been getting Sherlock to take better care of himself.
- For Star Trek, he's been working out daily and has gone up two suit sizes.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: While not exactly an expert in a specific field, he comes off as very intelligent in his interviews. He actually studied to be a lawyer before he became serious about acting, and spent a gap year teaching English at a Tibetan monastery.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: While filming To the Ends of the Earth, he received some extreme sun damage resulting in what looks like liner around his top lip. This only emphasizes his unique cupid's bow even more.
- He also now sports some scars on his forehead thanks to the Frankenstein makeup. You can see them here, but they just look like freckles.
- The Illegible: "Messy" doesn't even begin to describe his handwriting.
- During the commentary for A Scandal in Belgravia, the following was said about a note written by Sherlock:
Steven Moffat: Now interestingly, Sherlock's handwriting, because he's in a hurry, he's deteriorated here into that of a three year old child.
Benedict Cumberbatch: Thank you very much. That is my handwriting.
- And now you too can write like Benedict with this font!
- Ivy League for Everyone: He attended Harrow, which is essentially the Cambridge to Eton's Oxford, then did his undergrad at the University of Manchester and further dramatic training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. This man has quite the educational pedigree.
- He also describes Harrow as a (very mild) example of a Boarding School of Horrors. In one interview he mentioned that the school's distinctive uniform makes a student "look like a walking knob." He also said that people would fling muck from passing cars and when students would withdraw money from cash machines, people would walk up and put chalk on the back of the blazers to tell others they're carrying cash and could be mugged later.
- Male Frontal Nudity: The National Theatre's 2011 production of Frankenstein had Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller (depending on the night) spending about 20 minutes completely nude as the Monster, as he came to life and learned how to move, walk etc.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Has been cast as a rapist, a high functioning sociopath, and an all round Upperclass Twit. In real life he seems a lot more... human.
- Motor Mouth: Yes and no. He's said that he can talk pretty damn fast when he wants to, but the Sherlock Holmes deductions he has to do are hard even for him. (Mark Gatiss wrote next to his monologue on the Hounds of Baskerville script, "Sorry, Benedict!")
- Older Than They Look: Look at the page image. Okay? He's 35.
- He's ridiculously boyish-looking in Hawking, which was made when he was in his late twenties.
- While talking about Steven Spielberg's films during the UK premiere of War Horse, he asked how old a reporter was because he thought he was about his age. The reporter replied that he was 27, and said Cumberbatch looked even younger than he did.
- One of Us: He is a huge fan of Robert Downey, Jr. In an interview for the LA Times he said that his residence in California is actually right near his office, and one day he should "throw eggs or do something" to get his attention. If they do actually meet, heads are bound to explode.
- Pretty Boy
- Reality Subtext: Sherlock's warm relationship with Mrs Hudson is influenced by Cumberbatch's own real-life relationship with Una Stubbs, as she is a good friend of his mother's and he considers her a mother figure.
- Self-Deprecation: ALWAYS does this when someone mentions his looks. He's described himself as horse-faced and has recently said "maybe in my flat I'm the world's sexiest man because I'm the only guy living there".
- Serkis Folk: To voice as well as provide motion capture for Smaug in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
- Sexy Spectacles: There's footage going around of him in a pair of gold wire-rimmed glasses. Predictably, the fangirls went nuts.
- Said footage is from Stuart: A Life Backwards, where he portrayed Alexander Masters.
- He even managed to look good in the serious Nerd Glasses he wore in Hawking.
- Said footage is from Stuart: A Life Backwards, where he portrayed Alexander Masters.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Seems to be rather fond of his suits, hats, and long coats.
- Speech Impediment: Has a slight lisp, but controls it very well. It's more noticeable in his early roles, and now seems to only come out when he's tired or really comfortable.
- Talking Your Way Out: Managed to do this during a car hijacking in South Africa.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Well, just look at him.
- Upperclass Twit: Very good at getting cast as these, although lately he's been breaking away from that to avoid typecasting.