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Benedict Cumberbatch (Joseph Hooker)

Benedict Cumberbatch trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). On stage his performances include Tesman in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the Almeida Theatre under the direction of Richard Eyre, for which he received Olivier and Ian Charleson award nominations. He also starred at the Almeida in Period of Adjustment for Howard Davis and Lady From The Sea for Trevor Nunn. Amongst his other theatre performances are The City for director Katie Mitchell, The Arsonists for director Rahmin Gray, and Rhinoceros directed by Dominic Cook, all staged at the Royal Court.

His feature film credits include Justin Chadwick’s The Other Boleyn Girl with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, Joe Wright’s multi-award winning Atonement with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace for which he received a London Critics Circle award nomination for Best British Breakthrough, and Tom Vaughan’s Starter For Ten.

His leading television credits include To The Ends of The Earth for the BBC for which he was awarded a Golden Nymph award for Best Performance by an Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. He received a BAFTA nomination and a Golden Nymph award for Best Performance by an Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival for his title role in the BBC television drama Hawking based on the life of physicist Stephen Hawking. His other leading television roles include Stuart: A Life Backwards and The Last Enemy. Other forthcoming TV projects include the lead role in a Sherlock Holmes pilot for ITV directed by Coky Giedroc, and the BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island.

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