I first fell for today’s crush’s name without ever knowing anything about him. When a friend finally sat me down and forced me (it really wasn’t as tough as it sounds) to watch Sherlock – well it was all over. Today we’re all about Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch has the most British name ever, but we really love him for his acting work. He is best known in geek circles for his role as a modernized Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock. If you want to learn more about the Holmes fandom, check out Rosalind’s introduction!
Outside of Sherlock, Cumberbatch has or will appear in many other geeky roles and shows. He played the famous scientist Stephen Hawking in a BBC drama Hawking, Smaug’s voice and the motion capture for the Necromancer in the new reboot of The Hobbit, and will play the antagonist in J.J. Abram’s new Star Trek movie and Julian Assange in a flick about WikiLeaks, both scheduled for 2013.
If that rundown of his roles isn’t enough to get you going, let’s talk a little about the actor’s life off-screen. He’s a total theater geek, having been in many Shakespearean productions during his schooling. In addition, his acting career continued on the stage, where he played both Victor Frankenstein and his monster in production of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.
Although one of his characters is a sociopath, The North London native is active in charity. Once, he took a year off from school to teach English in a Tibetan monastery. In addition, he is an ambassador of The Prince’s Trust, which helps UK’s disadvantaged youth. He also supports Dramatic Need, another organization which helps underprivileged communities.
Digging a little deeper, Cumberbatch has said that if he weren’t an actor, he would liked to have been a neurosurgeon (Oh, that’s why I like him so much!). In addition, he’s just as socially awkward as your average geek. He’s claimed that he’s not comfortable in social situations and on women finding him attractive he’s said,
“I do find it funny. I look in a mirror and I see all the faults I’ve lived with for 35 years and yet people go kind of nuts for certain things about me. It’s not me being humble. I just think it’s weird.”
So what do you think? Do you go ga-ga for this Brit? Let us know all your favorite things about Benedict Cumberbatch!