Is Benedict Cumberbatch from a wealthy family?

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has just been voted Sexiest Man Alive by Glamour Magazine in February 2022, and we couldn’t agree more!

To make things even spicier, he’s been voted the sexiest man of the year in 2012, 2013, and 2017.

Other than being handsome, let’s dive into Benedict Cumberbatch’s life and career.

Benedict Cumberbatch on TV

Benedict’s acting career started at a very young age around 15, when he decided to join the local theater.

Very soon at 18 years old, Benedict landed a couple of minor TV roles.

His first major TV appearance was in 2003 in a TV mini-series called “Fortysomething”, after which he immediately gained fame and another major role of Stephen Hawking in the movie “Hawking” (2004).

From 2005 to 2010, Cumberbatch had minor TV appearances in TV shows “To the Ends of the Earth”, “Broken News”, “The Last Enemy”, as well as in movies “Amazing Grace”, “Starter for 10”, “Atonement”, and “Creation”.


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It’s interesting to mention how Benedict’s passion for science and art has come through in his TV roles, as he also portrays Vincent Van Gogh in the 2010 movie documentary called “Van Gogh: Painted With Words”.

In 2010, Benedict also returned as Stephen Hawking in the marvelous documentary “Stephen Hawking’s Universe”.

We might as well mark the year 2010 as the first peak of Benedict’s acting career, as he portrayed main characters in TV shows “Parade’s End” and “Sherlock”.

The famous British actor gained even more fame after his portrayal in the 2014 movie called “The Imitation Game”.

However, we can put all of these achievements and movie roles aside when it comes to Benedict’s most famous movies because this title belongs to his portrayal of Doctor Strange.

He portrayed Doctor Stephen Strange in several movies so far, including “Doctor Strange”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and the most recent Marvel movie “Spiderman: No Way Home”. 

He is set to return as Doctor Strange in the upcoming movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”.

The Cumberbatch Family

The amazing actor Benedict Cumberbatch is not the only famous Cumberbatch. 

Benedict started his career using the surname Carlton, which is the surname his father Timothy uses, but he quickly switched to Cumberbatch, which is his ancestors’ surname.

The Cumberbatch family ancestors were known for slave trading, and this is the reason Benedict did not wish to be known as Cumberbatch.

His father Timothy, who is also a renowned English actor, spoke about this, jokingly saying he is trying to compensate for his family’s past through acting.

The surname Timothy uses on stage, Carlton, is connected to their ancestors from Barbados.

Benedict’s mother Wanda is also an actress.

Moreover, Timothy and Wanda met at a filming set of “A Family At War” from 1970 and the two eventually got together.

Looking at what successful careers Benedict’s parents and grandparents had, The Cumberbatch family had a strong predisposition to become quite a wealthy family, and the family did exactly this.

This enabled Benedict to have a prestigious, creative childhood and teenage years spent in traveling around the world and in private boarding schools.

Benedict tied the knot with the gorgeous Sophie Hunter in 2015, and the two have had 2 sons since then.

Cumberbatch spoke about his parents’ reaction to him deciding to pursue a career in acting, saying his father was skeptical but his mother was on his side from the very first moment.

Let’s hope he thrives to support his children as his parents supported him!

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Mother Inspired Him to Pursue Acting | W Magazine – YouTube