Top 10 Best Benedict Cumberbatch Movie and TV Roles of All Time Benedict Cumberbatch has the most English name ever, and we speak it with respect for these roles.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a trained actor who can disappear into practically any role. After paying his dues in Shakespearean theater, he graduated to film, quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest leading men. He sealed the deal on his infamy when he landed a role in the MCU as one of the most powerful heroes. Check out the filmography of Benedict Cumberbatch.

10. The Fifth Estate

Fifth Estate Cumberbatch Assange

Character: Julian Assange

Julian Assange (Cumberbatch) is the editor-in-chief and founder of Wikileaks in this 2013 biographical thriller. The U.S. government isn’t happy, and Sam Coulson (Anthony Mackie) leads the charge against them.

9. The Grinch

The Grinch

Character: The Grinch

The grumpy Grinch (Cumberbatch) hates the citizens of Whoville and lives outside the village. But his scheme to steal their fun and laughter will soon make him open his heart in this 2018 animated movie.

8. Black Mass

Benedict Cumberbatch Black Mass

Character: Billy Bulger

Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) is a feared hoodlum in 1970s Boston who has no boundaries. His brother (Cumberbatch) is a powerful Massachussetts state Senator, but he’s about to be tied up in an FBI organized crime investigation in this biopic based on real-life events.

7. The Hobbit Series


Character: Smaug/Necromancer

Cumberbatch voices the dragon Smaugh, the main antagonist of the J.R.R. Tolkien Hobbit novels and movie series from Peter Jackson.

6. Hawking

Cumberbatch Hawking

Character: Stephen Hawking

Cumberbatch plays famed physicist Stephen Hawking in this 2004 made-for-TV movie.

5. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli Shere Khan

Character: Shere Khan

Mowgli’s 2018 live-action adaptation by Andy Serkis features Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, a villainous Bengal tiger who wants man cub Mowgli dead. This isn’t the Disney reboot, but a Netflix knockoff of the Disney knockoff.

4. Sherlock

Sherlock and Watson

Character: Sherlock Holmes

Cumberbatch teams with Martin Freeman as the crime-solving duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this popular BBC One series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic characters.

3. The Imitation Game

Imitation Game Cumberbatch Alan Turing

Character: Alan Turing

Cumberbatch plays famed mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, whose theories and concepts became the basis for a Turing machine. This logic formed the basis of modern artificial intelligence, cryptography, and more.

2. Star Trek: Into Darkness

Cumberbatch Khan Star Trek

Character: Khan

Cumberbatch joins the Star Trek reboot franchise as the most deadly villain in the history of the franchise.

1. Marvel Cinematic Universe


Character: Dr. Stephen Strange

Cumberbatch joins the MCU as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. He’s the master of the Time Stone and a key element in Thanos’s plot to destroy half of all life in the universe.


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