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Benedict Cumberbatch: 25 Must Know Facts

attends the "Sherlock" panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2016 in San Diego, California.

25 facts you probably didn’t know about Benedict Cumberbatch – the actor playing Doctor Strange and Sherlock Holmes, who won a Golden Globe for Imitation Game and doesn’t know how to pronounce the word penguins.

  1. Benedict Cumberbatch is a British actor who was raised in London by the family of actors.
  2. He attended Harrow, one of the most respected male boarding schools
  3. Studied Classical Acting in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  4. Cumberbatch spent a year in India teaching English to the monks.
  5. Benedict Cumberbatch wanted to study law but realized that it was too competitive and pursued acting.
  6. Benedict became a household name after playing Sherlock Holmes.
  7. Check out the video to find out how he prepares for the role
  8. Benedict Cumberbatch usually plays very intelligent characters like Sherlock Holmes, Stephen Hawking, Doctor Strange.
  9. The role of Alan Turing in the Imitation Game won him a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and the Oscar nomination.
  10. Benedict likes working on radio and hosted productions for National Geographic, BBC and Discovery channel.
  11. In one of the narrations, turned out Cumberbatch doesn’t know how to pronounce the word – penguin.
  12. He also got a role on The Simpsons accidentally as he visited Fox studios for a different appointment.
  13. Benedict Cumberbatch is an amazing impressionist
  14. Cumberbatch does great magic tricks
  15. He also cares for water and it’s preservation
  16. When visiting South Africa, Benedict Cumberbatch was abducted and his response to the experience was:

    “It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It’s made me want to live a life slightly less ordinary.”

  17. He is married to the opera director Sophie Hunter and they have a son together.
  18. Cumberbatch likes quiet nights staying home by the fire, drinking whiskey and watching movies or reading a book. He says that: “Reading a good book is the most nourishing thing you can do.”
  19. His fans are called – “Cumberbitches”, “Cumbercollective”, “Cumberpeople”.
  20. Even Bostonians have a name for him.
  21. Check out the video to see how Benedict Cumberbatch spells out his name
  22. In 2013, he was ranked one of the “Most Fascinating People in Britain”
  23. Benedict does a lot of charity and fundraising work
  24. In 2015, Benedict Cumberbatch was was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the performing arts and to charity.
  25. Benedict is interested in Buddhism and practices mindfulness and meditation.

    “Looking for happiness is a sure way to sadness, I think. You have to take each moment as it comes”

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