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  Benedict Cumberbatch Appreciation
 Posted: 05/21/13 16:00
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Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English film, television, and theatre actor. His most acclaimed roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking (2004); William Pitt in the historical film Amazing Grace (2006); the protagonist Stephen Ezard in the miniseries thriller The Last Enemy (2008); Paul Marshall in Atonement (2007); Bernard in Small Island (2009); and Sherlock Holmes in the modern BBC adaptation series Sherlock (2010). He will also be the voices of both Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Early life and education

Cumberbatch was born in London, England, the son of actors Timothy Carlton (birth name Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham.

Cumberbatch was educated at two independent schools, Brambletye School in West Sussex and Harrow School in northwest London, where he began performing as an actor. After school, he took a gap year to teach English in a Tibet monastery. He then attended the University of Manchester, where he studied drama. After graduating, Cumberbatch continued his training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to be Honored at 2013 Britannia Awards

BAFTA L.A.'s annual awards event will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be honored at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The 37-year-old British actor, whose credits include BBC's Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness and War Horse, will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

The award pays tribute to a British artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship. Previous recipients include Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen and Rachel Weisz.

Cumberbatch has several films set for release. He'll play Julian Assange in the upcoming WikiLeaks story The Fifth Estate, and he'll also appear in Steve McQueen's buzzy awards film 12 Years a Slave. He also voices the dragon Smaug in the final two Hobbit films.

As previously announced, George Clooney will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film; Kathryn Bigelow will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing; and Sir Ben Kingsley will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.

The show will be broadcast on BBC America on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/b ... -at-622274


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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Being Abducted in Africa 8 Years Ago

Benedict Cumberbatch had his own brush with darkness and lived to tell the tale.

In an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Star Trek Into Darkness actor opened up about an experience which is seared into his memory to this day—the time he found himself facing a foreboding fate after being abducted at gunpoint in South Africa.

Cumberbatch told the trade he was with two friends driving north of Durban on the way back to the set of the 2005 miniseries To the End of the Earth when their car had a flat.

"It was cold, and it was dark. I felt rotten. We were wary because that's a notoriously dangerous place to drive. Then, poof, the front-right tire blows," said the 37-year-old Brit. "So we got the spare, but that meant getting all of our luggage out. We were like sitting ducks, adverts for—not prosperity, necessarily, but materialism."

Unfortunately, his fears were proven justified as a group of six armed men came out of nowhere and buttonholed them.

"They were like: 'Look down! Look down! Put your hands on your head! Look at the floor! And they started frisking us and said: 'Where's your money? Where's your drugs?" recounted Cumberbatch. "And at that point, this adrenaline of fight or flight just exploded in my body. I was like, 'Oh f--k, we're f--ked."

Choking up, the thespian recalled how the men put them in a car and drove off with them and—after he complained that his bindings were too tight and he was losing feeling in his limbs—they then stuffed him in the trunk.

After some time, the vehicle stopped and his assailants dumped him on the ground, at which point Cumberbatch admitted to being his most terrified.

"I was scared, really scared. I said: 'What are you going to do with us? Are you going to kill us?' I was really worried that I was going to get raped or molested or just tortured or toyed with in some way, some act of control and savagery."

Fortunately, the kidnappers let him go and went on their way and he was eventually rescued by a stranger.

"I looked into this black man's face, and I cried with gratitude," remembered the Sherlock star, who also confessed his ordeal had a profound affect on him for the better.

"It really, really enriches your values in life," he remarked. "It's incredibly important."

Cumberbatch, meanwhile, is having a banner year career-wise.

Aside from his villainous turn in the latest Star Trek sequel and his role as The Necromancer and providing the voice of Smaug in the next Hobbit movie, he's also garnering buzz for two award season entries: August: Osage County opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and The Fifth Estate, a thriller which finds him playing embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Source: http://www.eonline.com/news/458094/bene ... topstories


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