Benedict Cumberbatch was born in a family of British actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventem. He also has a half-sister. Her name is Tracy Peacock and her older Benedict for 18 years. His childhood was spent in West Sussex, where he began his studies at the primary school. Later, Benedict and his family moved to London, where he continued his studies at the prestigious school for boys Harrow.
After graduation Cumberbatch did not immediately went to get higher education. During the year before to go to the University of Manchester and start exploring the theatrical skill he taught English in a Tibetan monastery. Later, after graduation, to improve their acting skills, he enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he received a Master of Arts with a degree in classical theater actor.
The first serious professional steps Cumberbatch did on the stage of British theater. For the excellent work the young actor was nominated for the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in the play "Hedda Gabler." Later, in 2010 and 2011, he took part in two major theatrical projects Danny Boyle: productions of "Children's monologues" and "Frankenstein." Last show gained enormous popularity, and to work in it the actor was awarded the highest theater prize of Great Britain.
Benedict Cumberbatch many filmed for television. So, perhaps, the loudest project was a young actor in the film "Hawking" in 2004, where he played Stephen Hawking - famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist of our time. For this role, he was nominated for the BAFTA TV Awards in the category "Best Actor".
In 2009, he was again nominated for this award, but as a Best Supporting Actor - expert jury praised his participation in the TV show "Little Island". But the real fame and adulation he has brought the role of Sherlock Holmes in the television series BBC "Sherlock" which was released in 2010. By the way, she was nominated for numerous awards, including - "Emmy" and "Golden Globe".
During his career Benedict Cumberbatch has already played in 69 films. Among them are "The Other Boleyn Girl," "War Horse," Steven Spielberg's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Star Trek Into Darkness". One of Britain's most high-profile roles - the role of Julian Assange in the drama "The Fifth Estate".
Until 2011, Benedict Cumberbatch met Olivia Poulet, which met in the University of Manchester. Their affair lasted more than 12 years. Now the actor is free.