Sunday, March 15, 2015

VIDEO: He sings, plays piano and wears dodgy trunks - Our top 9 Benedict Cumberbatch clips

Stefan Kyriazis
March 15, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Enjoy a much deserved treat of Benedict Cumberbatch's best moments on screen from Sherlock to The Imitation Game, Atonement to Starter For Ten

Since becoming a household name with his star-making turn as the iconic Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch has notched up an astoundingly impressive resume of film and TV roles.

Considered one of the greatest actors of his generation, he’s demonstrated a remarkable range, and gained a hugely loyal fan-base in the process.

Often cited for having a startling aptitude for playing geniuses, his latest character is no exception, as he takes on the role of war hero Alan Turing.

To celebrate the home entertainment release of The Imitation Game on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download we take a look back at some of his most memorable roles.

August: Osage County (2013)

Based on the play by Tracy Letts, this darkly comic look at a family in turmoil boasts a star-studded cast, including Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Meryl Street, Julia Roberts, Ewan Macgregor and Margo Martindale.

Cumberbatch plays the shy, awkward Little Charles, summoned home by his grandmother (Streep) after his grandfather (Sam Shepard) goes missing.

As the ensuing crisis unearths long-buried secrets and resentments the poor lad is struggling with his own secret love.

This gorgeous clip of Little Charles wooing Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) is even more heart-breaking if you know how this tragic love story ultimately unfolds.

Starter for Ten (2006)

Based on the novel by David Nicholls, this British comedy follows the trials and tribulations of student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy), a working class student in 1985 who finds himself navigating the campus of Bristol University.

He attempts to impress the object of his affections, Alice (Alice Eve), while finally succeeding in his lifelong ambition to win University Challenge.

Cumberbatch steals every scene he’s in, demonstrating a brilliant knack for comedy as the socially inept and uptight captain of the team, Patrick Watts.

Sherlock (2010-2016)

Widely considered to be his breakout role, this BBC series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss catapulted Cumberbatch into the mainstream, winning him legions of fans and launching him into the A-list.

Taking on the titular role, he’s joined by an equally brilliant Martin Freeman as the consulting detective’s best friend and colleague, Dr John Watson, with supporting turns from Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey and Andrew Scott.

Critically acclaimed and adored, Cumberbatch has won countless praise for his unique, fresh and pitch-perfect portrayal of the beloved literary character, and the show picked up three Emmys in 2014: leading actor for Cumberbatch, supporting actor for Freeman and writing for a miniseries for Moffat.

It's impossible to pick simply one clip, so we have found a wonderful compilation of Sherlock's most withering insults.


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