15Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

Okay, so Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate didn’t exactly set the awards season alight like many expected, but it still wasn’t the abject failure that its dismal box office figures suggested either. And it’s the only notable blot on a career which has seen Benedict Cumberbatch emerge as

one of the quintessential British actors of the 21st Century.

Indeed, name a recent big hit from across the pond and it’s likely that the classically-trained actor has played a part in it somewhere – from Atonement and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to War Horse and The Imitation Game, not forgetting his masterful portrayal of everyone’s favorite detective Sherlock Holmes, of course. But Cumberbatch has been just as impressive when he’s ventured into Hollywood territory, whether it’s playing Khan Noonien Singh in the Star Trek reboot, Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy or real life Democrat William Bulger in Black Mass.

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