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VIDEO: Benedict Cumberbatch Talks New Film, Recent Engagement on GMA

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Benedict Cumberbatch stopped by this morning's GOOD MORNING AMERICA on ABC to discuss his role in the new film 'Imitation Game' and how recently he popped the question to his fiance! Check out the appearance below!

Benedict has recently portrayed Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of WAR HORSE and the part of Peter Guillam alongside Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth in Tomas Alfredson's TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.

In 2011 Benedict returned to The National Theatre, alternating the roles of creature and Dr. Frankenstein in Danny Boyle's production of FRANKENSTEIN, earning him a Laurence Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.

Cumberbatch's incredibly powerful portrayal of Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge Cosmologist in the BBC's highly acclaimed drama HAWKING bought him to the attention of an international audience and earned him his first BAFTA nomination. His second BAFTA nomination came in 2010 for his portrayal of Bernard in the BBC adaptation of SMALL ISLAND.

His film work includes STARTER FOR TEN, AMAZING GRACE, THIRD STAR, WRECKERS, STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and the role of the dastardly Herburt Marshall In Joe Wright's Oscar-nominated ATONEMENT

Cumberbatch studied Drama at Manchester University before training at The London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Early TV roles included TIPPING THE VELVET, SILENT WITNESS, NATHAN BARLEY, SPOOKS, DUNKIRK, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH and THE LAST ENEMY. On stage there have been two seasons in Regents Park with The New Shakespeare Co., Linsrand in Trevor Nunn's production of LADY FROM THE SEA; George in Tennessee Williams' PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT; Teesman in Richard Eyre's stunning West End ensemble production of HEDDA GABLER, for which he received Olivier and Ian Charleston Award nominations; Berenger in Ionesco's RHINOCERUS; plus THE ARSONISTS and THE CITY at the Royal Court. In 2010 he took the role of David Scott Fowler in Thea Sharrock's, National Theatre, award-winning Rattigan revival AFTER THE DANCE.

Recently Benedict starred in the BBC/HBO drama PARADES END earning himself an Emmy nomination for Best Actor. Last year he played the role of the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT, Khan in JJ Abrams' huge blockbuster STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, Julian Assange in THE FIFTH ESTATE, Charles Aiiken inAUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning 12 YEARS A SLAVE. A third series of SHERLOCK aired earlier this year to record-breaking audiences.

Benedict is currently filming THE HOLLOW CROWN II for BBC and Neal Street Productions, in which he plays the legendary Richard III for director Dominic Cooper and alongside Dame Judi Dench. Next he will shoot LOST CITY OF Z based on David Grann's novel for director James Gray, where he will play British explorer Percy Fawcett who set out to discover the City of Z in the Amazon in the 1920s.

[Bio courtesy of bifa.org.uk]



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