Benedict Cumberbatch

BATD ON Jul 26, 2010 AT 1:19 pm

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

We are all raving about British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock homes in the new mini-series Sherlock, a modern day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic which premiered on the BBC last night. Basically it was either team Sherlock or team Watson last night on twitter, Sunday nights in just got exciting!

This is an exciting role for the up and coming Cumberbatch, who made his major breakthrough in 2004 in the BBC2 drama Hawking, a film about physicist Stephen Hawking.  Cumberbatch’s excellent portrayal of Hawking earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the 2005 British Academy TV awards.  He was also nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his role as Tesman in the play Hedda Gabler, which ran at both the Almeida Theatre and the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2005.

The son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, Cumberbatch attended Harrow public school in his early years and went on to study drama at Manchester University.  He also took a one-year course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the BBC's Sherlock Holmes

The 34-year-old UK native recently appeared in the 2008 film The Other Boleyn Girl as Scarlett Johansson’s husband, and he also nabbed a small role in the 2007 hit Atonement.

There have been recent rumors that Cumberbatch and long-term girlfriend Olivia Poulet, who also has a role in Sherlock, are contemplating children, though Cumberbatch may have his hands tied for a while with roles in the Canadian drama The Whistleblower, starring the lovely Rachel Weisz, and the Steven Spielberg film War Horse.

Feast your eyes on the talented Cumberbatch Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on BBC One.  And if you missed the first episode, watch it online HERE.  I’ll certainly be glued to the set for the next few Sundays!

Click here to read about his co-star, Martin Freeman, here…

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