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He also played Peter Guillam, one of the pivotal roles in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
He also starred as Christopher Tietjens in the BBC/HBO co-produced miniseries, Parade’s End, which first aired August 2012.
After graduating, Cumberbatch continued his training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
His grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a decorated submarine officer of both World Wars and a prominent figure of London high society.
Cumberbatch is also a distant cousin of astronaut Chris Hadfield, through shared British ancestry.
In film, Cumberbatch has starred in Amazing Grace (2006) as William Pitt the Younger, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) as Khan, 12 Years a Slave (2013) as William Prince Ford, The Fifth Estate (2013) as Julian Assange and The Imitation Game (2014) as Alan Turing.
From 2012 to 2014, through voice and motion capture, he played the characters of Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit film series.