The unknown side of Cumberbatch: he speaks five languages, loves extreme sports and is a philanthropist

The unknown side of Cumberbatch: he speaks five languages, loves extreme sports and is a philanthropist

Benedict Cumberbatch posing for the American Film Institute March this year in Beverly Hills, Calif.) REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

British actor Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch has a name as original as his life. The actor who brought Doctor Strange to life since 2016, now with the premiere of the second installment, the multiverse of madness, It is on the lips of many moviegoers. The film is a great success in Argentina. It outperformed the rest of the movies released that year at the box office.

At 45, and at the height of his career, little is known about his private life. He is quite reserved. Her elegant look is not just a posture. He is a descendant of diplomats and also received a high quality education. His great-grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, was the British Consul General to Turkey. His grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch was a submarine officer who was decorated during both world wars, as well as being a figure in London high society.

Benedict was born in Hammersmith, a suburb of London. Son of actors Timothy Carlton (who did not use the second surname for his career) and Wanda Ventham appeared in magazines with a few months of life. His prestigious schools were paid for by his grandmother, first at Brambletye School in West Sussex, then at Harrow School in North West London, where he majored in art. During these years he participated in several works of Shakespeare. He made his acting debut at the age of 12, playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in a A Midsummer Night’s Dreama comedy in five acts written in 1595.

An image that has traveled the world, Benedict Cumberbatch came running to the Los Angeles premiere of the film he stars in, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)
An image that has traveled the world, Benedict Cumberbatch came running to the Los Angeles premiere of the film he stars in, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

After completing his studies, Benedict, a Buddhist, took a year off to teach English in a Tibetan monastery. Since then, he learned to meditate and never stopped doing it. Later, he went to the University of Manchester, where he majored in drama and continued his acting education at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Few know it, but languages ​​are another of Cumberbatch’s unsung talents. He’s a real polyglot. He is fluent in five languages: Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese and Greek. It is strange that he has not yet been called upon to film in other languages.

For his talent and perfectionism throughout his acting career has won several awards. One is a Laurence Olivier from FrankensteinMary Shelley’s classic novel which she presented at the National Theater in London in 2011. Alongside Jonny Lee Miller, the roles were swapped between the Dr and his monstrous creation. The play adapted by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) was filmed and screened in cinemas around the world, where it caused a stir. It had more than 800 thousand spectators.

Of the adaptation he won the award with, he said: “It’s creature-centric, in the sense that it tells the extraordinary journey of a man who is resurrected after dying in his mid-thirties. and must relearn how to be human.” And also – he added – he deals with the dangers of “a male ego loose in the world”.

Alongside Jonny Lee Miller, the roles were swapped between Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation.  It was a play that ended up being shown in theaters
Alongside Jonny Lee Miller, the roles were swapped between Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation. It was a play that ended up being shown in theaters

For the quality of his acting in the series Sherlock (2010-2017), he received numerous awards: Emmy, Bafta, Critics Choice. The BBC series elevated him to mega star status and was a stepping stone to becoming Dr. Strange in the world of Marvel. A curiosity of this series is that he had the pleasure of working with his parents Timothy and Wanda, who played his character’s parents. Arthur Conan Doyle’s work is a successful reinterpretation that transports the famous detective and his friend Watson (Martin Freeman) into the spirit of the times. Many consider the series to be addictive.

It should also be noted how Cumberbatch put the body to the detective, since he did action scenes without using doubles. Like, for example, jumping on the back of a crane to show a spectacular fall. Fear has not. He is passionate about extreme sports, including skydiving, diving and snowboarding. At the start of the series, Sherlock’s creators thought the shape of his nose didn’t suit the detective’s style. The actor countered this “bad image” with a vengeance.

Dr. Strange has superpowers due to his psychic resources. The actor has other less spectacular but valuable talents that set him apart from the others: his strong social commitment. In 2015, he received a medal from Queen Elizabeth II as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services “to acting and philanthropy” at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. One of the reasons has to do with his great portrayal of the character of Alan Turing, the mathematician who cracked the Nazi codes during World War II and who tragically lost his life a few years after being prosecuted for homosexuality, in 1952.

Cumberbatch, in 2015, displays the medal given to him by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to art and philanthropy.  That year he also became a father for the first time (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Cumberbatch, in 2015, displays the medal given to him by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to art and philanthropy. That year he also became a father for the first time (Photo by Anthony Devlin – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Benoît is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community. In 2013, he officiated at the wedding of two of his friends in Ibiza. He also supports gender equality with much more than rhetoric. He assured that he would not work in films in which his co-star earns less than him. Among other actions, he participated in the short film help is on the wayintended to raise funds for Syrian refugee children by reciting a heartbreaking poem: “No one leaves their home unless they live in the mouth of a shark…you have to understand that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

the body that served to give life to characters as intelligent as the astrophysicist Hawking, the mathematician Turing and the computer scientist Julian Assange, had to be completely transformed to embody Dr Strange. Now, this man, who is 1.83 meters tall, can be seen with marked muscles. Has a female fan club that calls itself the Cumberbitches (Cumberbitches). To his great regret, because he is a true gentleman. Dr. Strange co-star Rachel McAdams told Ellen DeGeneres on her show what the actor thinks of his fan club name. “Oh, that’s very flattering, but I wish they were called something more respectable like bulky humans. Too much fun,” he replied to his casting partner. DeGeneres was quick to point out that her suggestion didn’t fit the final lot. “He understands that? That’s the goal,” concluded the American comedian.

Official trailer for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Her personal life protects her. He had a 12-year relationship with actress Olivia Poulet, whom he met at the University of Manchester. They ended in 2011. His current partner and mother of his three children is Sophie Hunter, actress, singer and director of opera and theater. They had met in 2009 while filming Burlesque Fairytales, a film set in the 1930s. But at the time, he was with Poulet. Four years later, they saw each other again and he had no more engagements.

It is said that Benoît asked for the hand of his fiancée, with all the formalities. They tied the knot in 2015 on Valentine’s Day in an intimate ceremony on the Isle of Wight in southern England. On June 1, their first child, Christopher Carlton, was born. In 2017, they had a second son, Hal Auden. And in 2019 came the third, Finn.

Alongside his wife and mother of his children, Sophie Hunter at the BAFTA awards ceremony in March 2022 (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
Alongside his wife and mother of his children, Sophie Hunter at the BAFTA awards ceremony in March 2022 (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

Everything seems to be going well in his life, however, he experienced an extreme situation that marked him forever. When I was shooting in 2005 in Saint Lucia, South Africa, I was shooting the series To the end of the earth, he was kidnapped. I was walking with two colleagues on a quiet road until a tire burst. When they got off, about 6 men held them back. Benedict’s hands were tied with shoelaces and he was placed inside the trunk. In an interview with the Daily Star, he recounted in detail: “I argued my escape.” I told them, “If you leave me here, it’s not because of the lack of air, but because of the small space. I have a problem with my heart and my brain. I will die, maybe have a seizure and it will be a problem for you. I’ll be a dead Englishman in your car. Nothing good,” he said. The man closed the trunk, argued, then pulled it out.”It taught me that you come into the world as you left it, on your own. It made me want to have a less ordinary life.

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