Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock & Star Trek Into Darkness' Khan
A British Gentleman, Perfect as Both Hero and Villain
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of Britain's top actors.
He is becoming more well-known in the United States this year for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in which he stars with The Hobbit's Martin Freeman. The show was aired on PBS in Summer 2012.
Benedict Cumberbatch is soon to be seen in the new Star Trek movie, Into Darkness as a villain. He certainly looks the part!
A brief glimpse of the villain has been seen in the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer released in December 2012 and Star Trek fans are already speculating if Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the ultimate villain, Khan.
But there is much more to Benedict Cumberbatch than Sherlock Holmes and sci-fi villains.
He is an amazingly good actor and has proved himself to be just the man for a good period drama, playing Captain Stewart in War Horse and Christopher Tietjens in the BBC Edwardian drama, Parade's End.
He will soon be heard rather than seen as both the Smaug and the character, Necromancer in the Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit.
This article takes a look at all of Benedict Cumberbatch's wonderful acting roles.
Benedict Cumberbatch - Star Trek Into Darkness Villain
Trekkies are already salivating over the latest teaser/trailer released last week in anticipation of full release of the latest Star Trek movie, Into Darkness.
As expected, Into Darkness is taking full advantage of some contemporary talent and as with so many American movies, a Brit is playing one of the biggest villains.
Benedict Cumberbatch is keeping schtum about just who this villain might be but Star Trek fans are already suggesting that he may be playing Khan because Khan is referred to in some of the trailer dialogiue.
However, that could be a red herring.
In any event, it will be great to see Benedict Cumberbatch getting some more exposure over in the USA on the movie screen, rather than just on TV.
He has the most steely blue eyes, almost cat-like and has the kind of face which lends itself well to prosthetic enhancement for some reason.
Whilst he may be 'acting' in Star Trek, Benedict will be featured as only a 'voice talent' in The Hobbit movie, but his fans are still looking forward to it.
Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock
When Steven Moffett and Mark Gatiss played around with the idea of bringing Sherlock Holmes into the 21st century, for a while all they did was talked about it.
Then Moffett's wife, producer Sue Vertue warned them that if they didn't develop the idea, someone else would!
That was the spark which led to them writing the first series of Sherlock, shown in Britain and then the rest of the world in 2010. A Sherlock for the modern age, using texts, a laptop and GPS. He also gives up his pipe for nicotine patches.
Benedict Cumberbatch was always the #1 choice to play Sherlock Holmes after Moffett and Gatiss enjoyed his performance in Atonement as Paul Marshall, the rather duplicitous character in Lola's life.
Benedict Cumberbatch does not disappoint as Sherlock and the on-screen chemistry with Martin Freeman in perfectly pitched.
Cumberbatch possessed one of the most wonderful voices in English acting at the moment - he is using it to full effect in Sherlock where his dialogue is deliberately modulated to be faster that everyone else's because Sherlock thinks more quickly than most other people and his reasoning is razor sharp, so he speaks the words more quickly.
Sherlock has been nominated for BAFTAs and Emmys among other awards.
As well as being a dramatic success for Benedict Cumberbatch; for a short while he was also something of a fashion icon with an increase in sales of trench coasts and colourful men's scarves.
The third series of Sherlock begins filming in March 2013.
Benedict Cumberbatch in Period Drama
Benedict Cumberbatch was a privately educated young man and possesses perfect diction.
He seems to fit in perfectly in period drama roles and seems to be able to reinvent himself really well once he is dressed in the right clothes.
I saw him in Tipping The Velvet, the BBC's rather raunchy drama in 2003 as Freddy, Nan Astley's thwarted suitor and he was good in what was a fairly small role.
He played the role of Paul Marshall in Atonement to perfection, looking quite the part in his cocktail jacket and sporting a spiffing, line thin moustache.
His latest role as Christopher Tietjens in Parade's End saw Benedict Cumberbatch wearing a uniform for most of the role and he did not disappoint as the rather thoughtful World War One soldier trapped between two very different women.
Parade's End was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and looks luxuriant with no expense spared on costumes, settings and indeed, actors; Rebecca Hall, recently a BAFTA Best Actress winner and also an acclaimed stage actress plays his flighty unfaithful wife Sylvia.
Parade's End had somewhat muted success in the UK, probably because it was not shown in a prime time slot. I think it may do better on repeat.
Benedict Cumberbatch has also appeared in Dr Who and is fast gaining a reputation as an excellent character actor.
Benedict Cumberbatch - A Star of the Future?
I think Benedict Cumberbatch has all of the talent to be a huge star of the future.
He is not traditionally handsome but has an interesting face which is rather angular and has steely eyes and a quiet intensity.
I would like to see him do more of the comedy suggested at fleetingly in Sherlock but especially would like to see him as a romantic lead, I think he shines in these types of roles.
His abilities in period drama have already shown him to be a sensitive actor who simply exists in the role he is playing. He can be a modern Sherlock or a WWI soldier equally as well.
I am not a sci-fi fan but hope he achieves some fame from his villainous role in Star Trek Into Darkness and will certainly enjoy hearing him in The Hobbit, in not one but two separate roles.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of Britain's most talented actors and I think the best is yet to come.
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