Monday, January 13, 2014

What Benedict Cumberbatch Did in 2013

As we come down to the last three cast members of Star Trek Into Darkness, we come to the villain, "Khan" portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.  This man is having one hell of a good year.  I hope I got all the information right.  As always, mistakes and omissions are mine and the photos are not.

Benedict had a busy year.  Besides playing the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness (as Khan), he voiced Smaug (and the Necromancer) in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and played Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television production Sherlock.  He provided voice talent on a The Simpsons episode and starred in the film short Little Favor (for which he also served as Executive Producer and Producer).  He also co-starred in 12 Years a Slave (which is receiving rave reviews),starred in The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County.  He starred in The Imitation Game, which will be released in 2014, and in The Hobbit: There and Back Again as the Necromancer.  He is currently filming as voice talentThe Penguins of Madagascar and Majik.  He also narrated the documentaryJerusalem.  He participated in the Royal National Theatre’s event for its 50th Anniversary in November. 
 He has The Lost City of Z and Everest (as George Mallory) in preproduction, with Flying Horse a possibility. 
Branching out to radio, he played the Angel Islington in the 2013 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.  He also did the BBC Radio 3 adaptation of Michael Frayn’s play Copenhagen (as Werner Heisenberg).  He also turned out to read at a charity event for The Reading Agency (earning my respect due to his mad skills, and my envy since he got to hang out with the glorious and wicked Gillian Anderson); check it out at
Benedict was nominated for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie at the 70thAnnual Golden Globe Awards (for Sherlock), for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (for Parade’s End), for a Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor (for Parade’s End), and in November 2013 he was honored by BAFTA Los Angeles with a Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.He also won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor (for Sherlock and Parade’s End). Not too shabby.
Benedict appeared on Janela Indiscreta, Made In Hollywood, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Graham Norton Show, Top Gear, Alaska Y Mario, Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Daybreak  and Parade’s End: Featurette.  He recorded a song called “Can’t Keep It Inside” for the official soundtrack of August: Osage County.  In addition, there are dozens of interviews online on YouTube.
Good heavens, I’m tired just writing all that out.  When does this man sleep?  Some of his many magazine covers are here and here
I do not think Benedict has an official website, but while doing this research I came across this site which seemed nicely put together.    He does not appear to use Twitter or any other social media publically.  Get online, Ben!  There is a really fun article at  Long live Benedict!