Which British independent school did Benedict Cumberbatch attend?
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.
Which British physicist did Benedict Cumberbatch play in a 2004 television movie produced by the BBC?
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.
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.
Benedict Cumberbatch was once abducted by armed gunmen.
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."
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."
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the voice of which dragon in "The Hobbit" trilogy?
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."
Benedict Cumberbatch plays real-life cryptanalyst and mathematician Alan Turing in which feature film?
"The Theory of Everything"
"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.
In a stage production of "Frankenstein," Benedict Cumberbatch played Victor Frankenstein and his monster on alternating nights.
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.
Which award-winning television series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as an eccentric detective?
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.
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.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the spy Peter Guillam in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," which is based on a book by which author?
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."
Which character does Benedict Cumberbatch voice in the 2014 animated feature film "Penguins of Madagascar?"
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.
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.
Which character does Benedict Cumberbatch play in the Academy Award-winning film "12 Years a Slave?"
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.
Benedict Cumberbatch's grandfather was a decorated officer of the Royal Air Force.
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.