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Benedict Cumberbatch, 40, is one of the UK's best-known actors thanks to his title role in BBC drama Sherlock and his turn as Doctor Strange in 2016 Marvel blockbuster.

In 2004, after working exclusively in television, Benedict was widely praised for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in the TV biopoc Hawking.

Until that point, he had featured in short-lived series Fortysomething, in one episode of Tipping the Velvet and in a story arc on Silent Witness.

He continued to work in TV until 2006's Starter for 10, and then the Oscar-nominated film Atonement as the creepy Paul Marshall.

As a result, Benedict was already an established growing talent before landing the leading role in Sherlock in 2010.

Starring as the famed detective opposite Martin Freeman as Watson, the show has run for four series to date- each three episodes long.

Due to the series he has been recognised for his work across the globe - and propelled him into widely recognised films including The Imitation Game, 12 Years a Slave, Star Trek Into Darkness and Zoolander 2.

Between these, Benedict has worked alongside the National Theatre, and has appeared in plays including a modern retelling of Hamlet, and Frankenstein.

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