Benedict Cumberbatch
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There is a large group of avid people out there who identify as “Cumberbitches” — as in, rabid fans of Cumberbatch who have been swooning over the actor since his breakout performance as the title character in BBC’s “Sherlock,” an Emmy winner. The object of their affection is one of the industry’s most respected performers, able to move with ease between theater, film and TV. He has become a regular high-profile presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both in solo films — “Doctor Strange” — and team-ups such as “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” At the same time, Cum-berbatch continues to win accolades on TV with such projects as “Patrick Melrose,” the Showtime five-part series he starred in and exec-produced.




  • Victoria University of Manchester (UK)
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
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Edward Berger to Direct Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal in Thriller 'Rio'

Edward Berger to Direct Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal in Thriller 'Rio'

"Patrick Melrose" director Edward Berger is re-teaming with Benedict Cumberbatch for the thriller "Rio" with Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal producing and starring.“Call Me by Your Name” helmer Luca Guadagnino had been attached last year to direct "Rio," but fell out due to scheduling commitments. Production companies Studiocanal, Sunnymarch, and Nine Stories confirmed the attachments of Berger, Cumberbatch, and Gyllenhaal on Friday.Producers on "Rio" are Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland through SunnyMarch, and Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker through Nine Stories. Ron Halpern and Shana Eddy are...


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