LA Times Photo Session

I’ve added the photo session from the Los Angeles Times to the gallery!

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“Sherlock” Series 2 Airs Tonight on Masterpiece PBS

Just a reminder for all US fans, “Sherlock” series 2 will be airing tonight (6 May) through the 20th. Be sure to check your local listings to find out exactly what time it’ll be on near you.

Benedict Cumberbatch: Holmes at Last

Before “Sherlock” and “Star Trek” and the silver jaguar, Cumberbatch, who trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, toiled in the trenches of film, TV, theater and radio playing slump-shouldered losers (“Fortysomething”) and germphobic neurotics (“The Last Enemy”).

“He was always a weirdo elder brother or the rapist,” says “Sherlock” co-creator Steven Moffat, who knew the minute that he met Cumberbatch that he’d found his dashing oddball of a leading man. “[Benedict] will go on and do lots of magnificent things but people will always remember ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ It’s a glorious bit of casting, one of those great moments — like when Connery played Bond. This is his hero role. It’s the part that made him sexy.”

When asked about his sex appeal, Cumberbatch gets a nervous look on his face. “I look at photographs, the ones that people ask me to sign sometimes, and think, ‘What are people seeing?’ I have had this face for 35 years. I’m never going to change it. But I wouldn’t desire me. I can see beauty in other men. Ryan Gosling? F- – k. George Clooney? Wow. But you can see the enigma in those kind of faces. But I can’t see it in myself at all.”

If you asked his actor parents — Timothy Carlton (nee Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham — they’d probably tell you that their only child’s road to unconventional stardom began at age 3 when he headlined as Joseph in a nursery school Christmas play.

“Mary was taking a hell of a long time with her lines so I pushed her out of the way,” says Cumberbatch. “All the parents were laughing but Mum and Dad were mortified.”

Hollywood has noticed his high cheekbones, distinctively feline eyes and dramatic versatility. Last year, Cumberbatch excelled with small but memorable parts in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “War Horse.” Director Peter Jackson cast Cumberbatch in two high-profile parts in his fantasy epic, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”: he’s the voice of the necromancer and a talking dragon.

Read the full article at NYPost.com

Benedict Cumberbatch on NPR: “Sherlock”, Smaug And Spying

Information that could ruin the British monarchy locked in a smartphone. A crime scene surveyed through the video camera of a laptop. A blogging Dr. Watson.

This is the world Sherlock Holmes inhabits in the BBC series Sherlock, a modern spin on the classic tales by Arthur Conan Doyle that reached American audiences in the fall of 2010. That’s also when a lot of us were introduced to Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays Sherlock — and the purveyor of many an intense stare and quick calculation in that role.

Now he’s back: Sherlock’s second season begins Sunday on Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. Cumberbatch, who has since made appearances in the Oscar-nominated films War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, says that for a time, acting wasn’t his intended career path.

“My mum and dad had worked incredibly hard to afford me an education,” Cumberbatch tells NPR’s David Greene. “I had the privilege of being able to choose, or at least have the opportunity to work at, being anything but an actor.”

Cumberbatch says his parents, actors themselves, were living proof of the vagaries of the profession, and while they made a living, that’s not the case for many. Cumberbatch initially was on a path to be a lawyer.

“As I was learning to be a barrister,” Cumberbatch says, “and choosing my levels around potentially doing Oxbridge and … all the rest of it, I just encountered loads of other people on the same course who said it’s so much down to chance and luck. And I thought, ‘Well, why am I giving up on my primary dream to work doubly hard to do something as an alternative to what I really still want to do?’ “

Read the full article & listen to the interview at NPR

Benedict Cumberbatch Flattered By Racy ‘Sherlock’ Fanfic

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is so hot right now. He is almost literally in everything, including last year’s awards-season favorites “War Horse” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” the hit BBC/PBS revival of “Sherlock” and two highly anticipated future blockbusters “Star Trek 2” and “The Hobbit.”

Cumberbatch fans should be excited to see him reprise his role as the quirky and slightly sociopathic Sherlock Holmes when the second season premieres this Sunday (May 6) on PBS’s Masterpiece. MTV News recently caught up with the very busy and talented actor, who attributes the show’s success to its “extraordinary” and “very intelligent, very loyal” fans and promised that they won’t be disappointed with the action that unfolds in the second season.

Read the full article at MTV

VH1 Big Morning Buzz

Benedict appears on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz talking about “Sherlock”, Smaug, “Star Trek” and more!

Backstage at “End of The Rainbow”

Yesterday, Benedict made an appearance backstage at the hit Broadway play “End of The Rainbow” at The Belasco Theater in New York City. Along with him were his parents and “Sherlock” co-creator Steven Moffat. Images have been added to the gallery.

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Photoshoot Additions

I’ve added a few photoshoots that were missing in the gallery, including the newest one from the New York Times article.

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Role to Role, From Sherlock to ‘Star Trek’

HOW skilled a secret keeper is Benedict Cumberbatch if he readily confesses the easiest method for extracting secrets from him?

Asked somewhat frivolously for information about one of the many coming projects he cannot talk about, Mr. Cumberbatch, the 35-year-old British actor, offered an equally facetious response.

“You could stick a knife in my thigh, and I wouldn’t tell you,” he said a few weeks ago, relaxing on the deck of the Venice, Calif., home where he was staying. But he added: “Pull the hair on my head the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles.”

Deeper still within his head were numerous vital details that Mr. Cumberbatch’s work required him to keep locked away. There was not much he could say about his dual roles as a necromancer and a talking dragon in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of “The Hobbit,” and even less about the part he was shooting in J. J. Abrams’s sequel to “Star Trek.” (“I’ve got to be a complete and utter tease,” he said, more gleeful than apologetic.)

What Mr. Cumberbatch can confirm is that these high-profile opportunities were made possible by the success of “Sherlock,” the television series that casts him as a cool and contemporary — if brutally rational — upgrade of Sherlock Holmes. It returns on May 6 for a second season on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery!”

In Britain, where “Sherlock” is shown on BBC One, the series has left millions of fans frantic to know the resolution of a season-ending cliffhanger, which American viewers have not yet seen, and transformed Mr. Cumberbatch (who already knows the outcome) from a well-regarded journeyman actor into a superstar.

And he makes no secret of his desire to see “Sherlock” enjoy similar acclaim in the land of “Mad Men” and “Modern Family.”

“I’m desperate for America to really take to this,” he said. “It has taken it into its heart as a cult thing, but I’d love it to hit the mainstream this time. Because I just think it’s of that quality, and it belongs there.”

In person the thin and muscular Mr. Cumberbatch shares the piercing gaze and sonorous, sinister voice of his Holmes but is warmer and more irreverent. He is a self-confessed motormouth and a relentless mimic who, over the course of an hour, adopted the shrieking voice of an admiring Valley girl; the Scottish burr of his friend and colleague James McAvoy; the synthesized speech of Stephen Hawking, whom he portrayed in a British TV movie; and the rapid, adenoidal clip of both Mr. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, who directed him in “War Horse.”

In similarly haphazard fashion Mr. Cumberbatch has spent the past 18 months ricocheting from role to role, in British stage productions like “After the Dance” and “Frankenstein” (for which he shared the Olivier Award this month with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller); a coming television version of “Parade’s End,” adapted by Tom Stoppard from the Ford Madox Ford novels; and films like “The Hobbit,” “War Horse” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

Last December, on vacation in Gloucestershire, England, he got the call that Mr. Abrams wanted him to submit a videotaped audition for “the not-so-good guy” (in Mr. Cumberbatch’s words) in the “Star Trek” sequel — and could not find anyone to film it for him.

“We observe this little Judeo-Christian cult holiday called Christmas,” Mr. Cumberbatch said sarcastically. “Whereas, you know, some kids in this part of town” — he circled his hands in the Los Angeles air — “with their Crackberrys, don’t.”

In a friend’s kitchen late at night, an agitated and weary Mr. Cumberbatch recorded his audition on an iPhone — “I was pretty strung out,” he said, “so that went into the performance” — and sent it to Mr. Abrams, only to be told the director was also on vacation.

Mr. Abrams, who saw the recording a few days later and hired Mr. Cumberbatch, wrote in an e-mail that it was “one of the most compelling audition readings I’d ever seen.”

But Mr. Abrams already knew this from Mr. Cumberbatch’s work on “Sherlock,” whose second season drew around 10 million viewers in Britain for each of three 90-minute episodes shown in January, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board. (By contrast, in the United States, the first season averaged 4.6 million viewers per episode, PBS said.) On Tuesday, Mr. Cumberbatch’s work on the show earned him a Bafta award nomination for best actor.

Read the full two page article at the New York Times

BAFTA Awards 2012 Nominations

Hello again! I’m going to be helping Heather out here at Benedict Cumberbatch Fan for awhile.

Sherlock ended up with 3 nominations, one of them is Benedict for ‘Leading Actor’ congrats! The other two went to co-stars Martin Freeman & Andrew Scott for for ‘Supporting Actor’, congrats to everyone!

Leading actor

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock (BBC1)
Dominic West, Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
John Simm, Exile (BBC1)
Joseph Gilgun, This is England ’88 (Channel 4)

Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott, Sherlock (BBC1)
Joseph Mawle, Birdsong (BBC1)
Martin Freeman, Sherlock (BBC1)
Stephen Rea, The Shadowline (BBC2)

To see the full list of actors visit The Guardian website