10 Movies You Didn’t Know Benedict Cumberbatch Starred In

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Benedict Cumberbatch is undoubtedly one of the best known British actors in the world today. He has starred in many notable works such as The imitation gamethe strange doctor franchise, and his infamous role as a genius detective, sherlock holmes.

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However, there are some movies that might be lesser known throughout his career compared to the blockbusters he starred in. Van Gogh: painted with words for Burlesque fairy talesthere are movies you (probably) didn’t know were involved Benedict Cumberbatch.

“The Fifth Estate” (2013)

Based on the real events of the WikiLeaks non-profit organization, The fifth state is a dramatic thriller that follows the pursuit to expose a corrupt world and transform an internet social climber into one of the most talked about organizations of the generation.

Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) formed an alliance. They created an online platform for anyone to leak secret data anonymously and expose high profile crimes. Things quickly escalate when they gain access to the largest collection of classified documents in US history.

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‘Hawking’ (2004)

Despite Eddie Redmaynethe best-known portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the 2014 biographical drama The theory of everything, Benedict Cumberbatch has, in 2004, portrayed Stephen Hawking in the eponymous BBC television film, Peddling. The film won acclaim for his performance as Stephen Hawking and earned him his first nomination for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor and Best Single Drama.

In an interview with The Independent, Eddie Redmayne chose not to watch Cumberbatch’s performance in Peddling upon hearing how “mind blowing” it was and that if he looked at it he would “try to steal little bits and pieces from it”.

“The Grinch” (2018)

Many will know the 2018 the grinch movie, adapted from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! But what many may not know is that Benedict Cumberbatch was the voice of the Grinch. In an interview with TODAYhe admits to not liking how the Grinch is portrayed in Dr. Seuss’ book as “growling and angry” and decides to settle for a happier tone of “the joy he takes in being the Grinch”.

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The film received nominations for numerous awards, including the Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Animated Feature, and Cumberbatch was nominated for Favorite Male Voice in an Animated Feature at the Kids’ Choice Awards.

‘Starter for 10’ (2006)

One of his earliest acting roles was in the 2006 comedy-drama film, Admission for 10which follows a college student, Brian Jackson (james mcavoy), who secures a spot on the college challenge quiz team. For those unfamiliar with the premise of University Challenge, it is a British quiz program that has been on the air since 1962. It chooses students from different universities across the UK to compete against each other until only one university wins.

In this film, Benedict Cumberbatch shows his comedic side as an actor by playing the captain of the quiz team (and remains captain despite never making it on the show). He always supports the whole team with a stuck up attitude and demeanor and is very competitive. His competitive side comes through when he utters his famous line, “Let’s get those mothers out.” He also describes himself as a “floating Renaissance man”.

“August: Osage County” (2013)

The 2013 tragicomedy film tells the story of three sisters (julia robert, Juliet Lewis, and Julianne Nicholson) who end up at their mother Violet (Meryl Streep) upon the death of their father. August: Land of the Osages is based on Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of the same name.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of “Little Charles”, the cousin of the three girls. One of the girls, Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), falls in love with “Little Charles”. The mother of “little Charles”, Mattie Fae (Margo Martindale), later admits to having an affair with Violet’s husband, Beverly (Sam Shepard), which makes “Little Charles” not only Ivy’s cousin but also her half-brother.

‘Stuart: A Life Turned Upside Down’ (2007)

Based on the author’s true story Alexander Masters‘ friend Stuart Clive shorter who was a prisoner and career criminal. The book explores the life of Stuart, who was mentally unstable and became violent and eventually homeless on the streets of Cambridge.

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Masters’ interview with The Guardian reveals that Stuart suggested the format of the book be written backwards: “How could I be like this? What killed the little boy that I was? Cumberbatch starred as author Alexander Masters alongside Tom Hardy like Stuart Shorter.

‘Van Gogh: painted with words’ (2010)

Van Gogh: painted with words is a documentary-drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of Vincent Van Gogh. Every dialogue spoken in the docu-fiction is taken directly from the artist’s letters to his brother. The film focuses on the famous Dutch painter’s personal life and has won awards for its unique storytelling and for providing in-depth insight into his life.

The project is situated between reality and fiction. It is a drama and a documentary; Cumberbatch breaks the fourth wall by recognizing the camera, but the subject is not Van Gogh himself. It is also very dramatized and shot like a movie.


‘Burlesque Fairy Tales’ (2009)

This British thriller offers audiences a surreal experience at the fictional Chapel Theater in the 1930s. When the audience arrives, the doors close, and suddenly none of the audience knows how they got there in the first place; they are trapped inside. The film progresses in real time and the scene plays out five fairy tales, with each fairy tale conveying an important message to the audience.

The film uses the stage, animation, and giant physical sets played inside the theater to create an authentic, one-of-a-kind approach to storytelling. The audience wonders how to escape the theatre. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the father, Henry Clark. The film was shot in 19 days (but spread over two years) at Pinewood Studios.

“Creation” (2009)

In this 2009 British biographical film, Paul Bettany plays the role of biologist Charles Darwin. The film focuses on his relationship with his wife Emma Darwin (Jennifer Connelly) and her daughter Annie (Martha West) and his struggles to write his groundbreaking book About the origin of species. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly are a real couple. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Joseph Dalton Hookerwho was Charles Darwin’s closest friend and a British botanist and explorer.

‘Third Star’ (2010)

A young man, James (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is terminally ill with cancer, sets off on one last adventure to one of his favorite places – Barafundle Bay. He leaves for his last trip with his three best friends, Davy, Miles and Bill (Tom Burk, DD fieldand adam robertson). They experience a few setbacks and accidents along the way, such as James’ random outbursts at his friends, the loss of his medicine and supplies, and his special cart, which he needs due to his declining health.

They tell each other secrets in their last journey (unknown to them) from the bottom of the heart shared between four friends. The heartbreaking ending shows the struggles of those diagnosed with a terminal illness and what friendship means. Cynthia Lemon Santa Monica Daily Press calls the film “an absorbing, moving and captivating experience.”

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