Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch
One of Britain’s biggest stars at the moment happens to be starring on a London stage and with that in mind we felt it was about time we celebrated the career of this talented performer.
Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his role in Sherlock, continues to take on the title role in the hit Barbican Theatre production of Hamlet, with Lindsey Turner directing him alongside Sian Brooke and others.
The acclaimed actor was born in London in 1976 and performance has been a part of his life from an early age. Not only are his parents actors he has also been appearing on the stage since he was in school. As a result it is no wonder he has emerged as an acclaimed actor in his own right in adulthood, with an array of stand-out performances under his belt.
Over ten years ago Cumberbatch began to make his mark, appearing on the stage and screen in various roles. Back then you might have picked up theatre tickets to see him in the likes of Hedda Gabler at the Duke of York’s Theatre (his West End debut). He also made an impression on television viewers with appearances in shows like Tipping The Velvet and Heartbeat.
But it is perhaps Sherlock for which he will forever be known. He took on the role of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth in 2010 alongside Martin Freeman, which updated the Victorian setting to the modern day. The huge success of the show catapulted him to stardom and he has since appeared in numerous films and television shows from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Atonement to 12 Years A Slave and The Imitation Game, amongst others. He also appeared in the blockbuster movies Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit films (voice).
As for the stage, audiences have enjoyed his performances in After The Dance and Frankenstein, both at the National Theatre (rotating the role of Dr Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Monster with Jonny Lee Miller).
Now it is Hamlet that received his acclaimed touch as he portrays the Danish King at the Barbican Theatre in London. The show runs at the venue until Saturday 31st October 2015.