Shumona Sharmin Sharna
He has become the most iconic figure among the young generation and Hollywood's most wanted man. Benedict Cumberbatch, the brainy British actor with profound voice is best known as the sarcastic genius of Baker Street on the BBC series Sherlock. Recently after two years disappearance Sherlock season 3 has aired at the first of January 2014. The third series has become the UK's most watched drama series since 2001. Sherlock has been sold to over 200 territories.
Sherlock season 3 will be the end of this series, the rumour escalated tensions among Sherlock fans. However, there is good news for them. BBC is planning a season four and five for the Sherlock fans. Yes, Sherlock season 4 and 5 is happening.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has appeared many times in film media, sometimes as drama, movie or television series. But the British television's 'Sherlock' that plays Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson's adventure in 21st century context has become the most watched drama throughout the world. Along with UK, Sherlock has been sold to over 200 territories.
Benedict Cumberbatch was born in London in 1976. Hailing from London, Benedict Cumberbatch was born with theatre in his blood. His parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham were also well known television actors. Though they were successful, they sent young Benedict to Harrow public school, away from the stage. But, theatre was always in Benedict's mind.
His first role was as Titania, Queen of the Feries in the William Shakespear play A Midsummer's Night Dream. Since then, he was determined to follow his parent's path. He returned to England after spending a year teaching English in Tibet. As soon he gets to England, he enrolled himself at the University of Manchester to study drama. After graduation, he spent a year at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Cumberbatch studied classical drama and he started his career with classic plays as well. He grabbed attention from the first when he was nominated in British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for playing young Stephen Hawking coping with the early stages of motor neuron disease.
In 2010, the BBC aired a modern adaptation of the story of Sherlock Holmes, which won widespread praise and granted stardom to Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock. Martin Freeman plays Holmes's sidekick, Dr. Watson.
In 2011, Cumberbatch seemed locked in a Hollywood trajectory with roles in the Cold War thriller 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and Steven Spielberg's World War I drama, 'War Horse'. But he continued to appear on the London stage, this time in Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein'. The role required him to alternate playing Victor Frankenstein and playing his monster on opposite nights, and earned him an Olivier Award for Best Actor jointly with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller.
In the 2012 film 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', Cumberbatch provided the voice for the Necromancer, and the dragon, Smaug. He also played the villain in J.J. Abrams's Star Trek sequel, 'Star Trek: Into the Darkness' (2013). Cumberbatch's film career continued to thrive in 2013 with such films as Steve McQueen's true life drama '12 Years a Slave'. He also stars in 'The Fifth Estate' (2013), playing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
This year, Benedict came back with Sherlock season 3 and already Sherlock fever has spread the world. After a fake death and two years of disappearance Sherlock came back and the series says "The Game is On". Well, the game will be on for the next two seasons as well. The news became a great relief for the Sherlock fan as Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have confirmed that two more seasons of "Sherlock" are in the offing. "It will continue until Benedict gets too famous," Moffat, the creator of Sherlock series told The Hollywood Reporter.
Courtesy from 'The Guardian' and 'The Hollywood Reporter'