Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is an award-winning actor working in theatre, television, film and radio. He is also a co-producer of Letters Live, and performs at our shows regularly.

Benedict rose to fame as the star of the BBC’s Sherlock in 2010. He went on to appear in Hollywood films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Hobbit trilogy.


In 2014, he portrayed Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which earned him a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.


Cumberbatch was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the performing arts and to charity.


Benedict is one of the co-Producers of Letters Live, formed in 2013.


“Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind the letters read and the circumstances of their origin. The relationship between the audience, reader and writer on a Letters Live night helps deepen our understanding of these inspiring artefacts of the human condition. They are windows into the love, beauty, pain, and humour of their creators and recipients. It’s a privilege to read this most ancient of communications live to an audience. A truly inspiring event.”  Benedict Cumberbatch, 2016

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