The Benedict Cumberbatch Quiz

By: Laurie L. Dove

The Benedict Cumberbatch Quiz
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Are you a Benedict Cumberbatch super-fan? Take this Cumberquiz and test your skills.
What year was actor Benedict Cumberbatch born?
1974
1976
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was born July 19, 1976, to Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham in London, England.
1978

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Which British independent school did Benedict Cumberbatch attend?
Bedford School
Eton College
Harrow School
Benedict Cumberbatch attended Harrow School in London. The all-boys school was granted a royal charter in 1572 by Elizabeth I. Harrow School alumni include seven British prime ministers and the poet Lord Byron.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's parents, Timothy Carlton and Wandan Ventham, are both veteran actors.
TRUE
Both of Benedict Cumberbatch's parents are veteran actors. In fact, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham have appeared as his character's parents in the "Sherlock" television series.
FALSE

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Where did Benedict Cumberbatch spend a year volunteering as an English teacher?
India
Benedict Cumberbatch spent a year in Darjeeling, India, teaching English in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
South Africa
Thailand

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Which character from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" did Benedict Cumberbatch play as one of his first acting roles?
Puck
Demetrius
Titania
Benedict Cumberbatch played Titania in a school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as one of his first roles.

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Which British physicist did Benedict Cumberbatch play in a 2004 television movie produced by the BBC?
Freeman Dyson
Stephen Hawking
In the 2004 television movie "Hawking," Benedict Cumberbatch played the British physicist Stephen Hawking. In preparation for his role Cumberbatch met with Stephen Hawking several times and subsequently provided the voice of the physicist in two Discovery Channel specials.
Peter Higgs

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What is the first feature film Benedict Cumberbatch appears in?
"Starter for 10"
Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in his first feature film "Starter for 10" in 2006. Cumberbatch would later appear with "Starter for 10" co-stars James McAvoy, Alice Eve and Rebecca Hall in separate films.
"Atonement"
"The Other Boleyn Girl"

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On Nov. 10, 2015, Benedict Cumberbatch was honored with the title CBE, which is an acronym for what term?
Community of British Entertainers
Cooperative of Bold Englishmen
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Benedict Cumberbatch was awarded the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on Nov. 10, 2015.

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Benedict Cumberbatch was once abducted by armed gunmen.
TRUE
While filming the miniseries "To the Ends of the Earth" on location in South Africa, Benedict Cumberbatch and two friends were abducted at gunpoint. Cumberbatch and his friends were released the next day without explanation. In a 2012 interview Cumberbatch says, "It's made me want to live a life slightly less ordinary."
FALSE

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Which character does Benedict Cumberbatch play in the British television series "Fortysomething?"
Paul Slippery
Rory Slippery
Benedict Cumberbatch plays character Rory Slippery in the British television series "Fortysomething." Actor Hugh Laurie stars in the series as Paul Slippery, the father of Cumberbatch's character.
Daniel Slippery

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Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in which 2007 film co-starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley?
"Atonement"
Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in "Atonement" in 2007 with co-stars James McAvoy and Keira Knightley. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Drama.
"Amazing Grace"
"Inseparable"

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Where did Benedict Cumberbatch attend college?
Oxford University
Cambridge University
Manchester University
Benedict Cumberbatch studied drama at the University of Manchester. In a 2010 interview, Cumberbatch says of his time at University, "I wanted something a bit more racy, a bit more different, a bit more egalitarian. I had a thoroughly healthy, and unhealthy, mix of friends."

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In the comedy radio series "Cabin Pressure," Benedict Cumberbatch plays Martin Crieff. What is Crieff's profession?
Flight attendant
Aircraft mechanic
Pilot
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Capt. Martin Crieff, an airline pilot in the radio series "Cabin Pressure."

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the voice of which dragon in "The Hobbit" trilogy?
Smaug
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the voice of the dragon Smaug in "The Hobbit" trilogy. To promote the final film of the trilogy, Cumberbatch provided the voice of Smaug for a mock interview on the Dec. 11, 2014, episode of "The Colbert Report."
Draco
Saphira

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays real-life cryptanalyst and mathematician Alan Turing in which feature film?
"The Theory of Everything"
"Enigma"
"The Imitation Game"
"The Imitation Game" stars Benedict Cumberbatch as real-life mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing. Turing and several associates were responsible for breaking the German Enigma code during World War II. The film won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay in 2015.

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In a stage production of "Frankenstein," Benedict Cumberbatch played Victor Frankenstein and his monster on alternating nights.
TRUE
In Danny Boyle's production of "Frankenstein" at the Royal National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch played both Victor Frankenstein and his monster on alternating nights. The roles, which were shared with co-star Jonny Lee Miller, earned the pair an Olivier Award for Best Actor.
FALSE

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Which Impressionist artist did Benedict Cumberbatch play in a 2010 BBC television movie?
Paul Cézanne
Edgar Degas
Vincent van Gogh
Benedict Cumberbatch played impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh in the 2010 BBC television movie "Van Gogh: Painted with Words."

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Which award-winning television series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as an eccentric detective?
"Elementary"
"Sherlock"
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the eccentric Sherlock Holmes in the modernized television series "Sherlock." The show has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries.
"Poirot"

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Benedict Cumberbatch earned a Master of Arts degree in which field of study?
Classical acting
After graduating from the University of Manchester, Benedict Cumberbatch earned a Master of Arts degree in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre directing
Musical directing

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Which 2013 film featured Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?
"Underground: The Julian Assange Story"
"We Steal Secrets"
"The Fifth Estate"
Benedict Cumberbatch played WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the 2013 movie "The Fifth Estate." During pre-production, Julian Assange sent a letter to Cumberbatch and requested he not take part in the film.

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the spy Peter Guillam in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," which is based on a book by which author?
Robert Ludlum
John le Carré
The 2011 movie "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" is based on the book of the same title by author John le Carré. To prepare for his role as Peter Guillam, Benedict Cumberbatch traveled to the same Moroccan city where his character was stationed. Cumberbatch says of the experience, "I was wandering around the streets at night, thinking what it must be like to know that every turn could be my last."
Ian Fleming

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Which character does Benedict Cumberbatch voice in the 2014 animated feature film "Penguins of Madagascar?"
Agent Classified
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the voice of Agent Classified in the 2014 animated movie "Penguins of Madagascar." Filmmakers made Classified left-handed as a nod to the left-handed actor who played his voice.
Rico
Dave

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Which 2011 Steven Spielberg movie featured Benedict Cumberbatch as Maj. Jamie Stewart?
"Tintin"
"War Horse"
In 2011 Benedict Cumberbatch played Maj. Jamie Stewart in the movie "War Horse" directed by Steven Spielberg. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
"Hugo"

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When did Benedict Cumberbatch marry theater director Sophie Hunter?
2013
2014
2015
Benedict Cumberbatch married theater director Sophie Hunter on Feb. 14, 2015. The Valentine's Day ceremony was held at the 12th century St. Peter and St. Paul's Church on the Isle of Wight.

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Which film does Benedict Cumberbatch appear in opposite Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana?
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
In "Star Trek Into Darkness" Benedict Cumberbatch plays the villain Khan opposite Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana. Cumberbatch recorded his screen test for the film in his friend's kitchen using an iPhone.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"
"This Means War"

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Which character does Benedict Cumberbatch play in the Academy Award-winning film "12 Years a Slave?"
Judge Turner
Mr. Moon
William Ford
In the movie "12 Years a Slave" Benedict Cumberbatch plays slave owner William Ford. The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup and won three Oscars in 2014, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.

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In the 2015 film "Black Mass," Benedict Cumberbatch plays the brother of which real-life organized crime boss?
Meyer Lansky
James Bulger
In the 2015 movie "Black Mass" Benedict Cumberbatch plays William Bulger, the brother of Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.
John Gotti

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How many feature films did Benedict Cumberbatch appear in during 2013?
three
four
five
Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in five feature films in 2013, not including a made-for-television movie.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's grandfather was a decorated officer of the Royal Air Force.
TRUE
FALSE
Benedict Cumberbatch's grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a decorated submarine officer of the Royal Navy. The elder Cumberbatch served in the Royal Navy from 1917-1945, spanning both World Wars.

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Which Marvel Comics hero is Benedict Cumberbatch scheduled to play in a 2016 feature film?
Dr. Doom
Dr. Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch will play the lead character in Marvel's "Doctor Strange," slated to open in U.S. theaters Nov. 4, 2016.
Dr. Fate

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