Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch
is an English actor. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting. He first performed at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in Shakespearean productions and made his West End debut in Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler
in 2005. Since then, he has starred in the Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance
(2010) and Frankenstein
(2011). In 2015, he played the title role in Hamlet
at the Barbican Theatre.