Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed the role of Joseph Dalton Hooker in the biographical drama film 'Creation'. Joseph was Charles Darwin's closest friend. The film follows the life of Charles Darwin, his struggles to write his groundbreaking book 'On the Origin of Species', and his relationship with his deeply religious wife, Emma.
26 The Other Boleyn Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as William Carey in the 2008 historical drama 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory and follows the story of Anne Boleyn and her sister Mary, who were two of King Henry VIII's wives. Carey is Anne's husband and a friend of the King, who is caught in the middle of the Boleyn sisters' rivalry for the King's attention and affection.
25 Starter for 10
Benedict Cumberbatch played the role of Patrick Watts in the film 'Starter for 10'. The film stars James McAvoy as Brian Jackson, a working-class student who enters a University Challenge quiz show. Cumberbatch plays the part of Patrick Watts, the upper-class team captain of the opposing team.
24 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the role of Louis Wain in the biopic 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain'. Louis Wain was a British artist whose life changed when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Cumberbatch’s performance was praised for its poignant portrayal of the artist’s mental illness.
23 The Power of the Dog
In the movie 'The Power of the Dog,' Benedict Cumberbatch plays the character Phil Burbank, a complex and enigmatic rancher in 1920s Montana. Cumberbatch's portrayal captures Phil's charismatic yet manipulative nature as he clashes with his brother's new wife and her son.
22 Black Mass
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays William Bulger, an American former Democratic politician, in the movie 'Black Mass'. The movie is a biopic about American mobster Whitey Bulger.
In the movie 'Brexit', Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, main political strategist for Vote Leave. The movie depicts the lead-up to the 2016 referendum that prompted the United Kingdom to exit the European Union.
20 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
In 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Peter Guillam, a former British Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) agent, who is tasked with helping to uncover a mole within the organization.
19 The Whistleblower
In the movie 'The Whistleblower', Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the character of Nick Kaufman. The film is a biographical drama that stars Rachel Weisz as a United Nations peacekeeper uncovering corruption and human trafficking in post-war Bosnia.
18 The Courier
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Greville Wynne in the 2020 historical drama thriller 'The Courier'. The film is based on the true story of Wynne, a British businessman tasked by MI6 and the CIA to deliver secret negotiations to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Cumberbatch delivers a powerful and charismatic performance as Wynne, a man whose life is on the line as he embarks on a dangerous mission to deliver the plans that could potentially end the Cold War.
17 August: Osage County
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the character of Charles Aiken Jr. in the movie 'August: Osage County'
16 War Horse
In the movie 'War Horse', Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the character of Major Jamie Stewart. The film is based on Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel 'War Horse'.
15 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Benedict Cumberbatch reprised his role as Doctor Strange in the movie 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'.
14 Third Star
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as James in the 2010 British drama film 'Third Star'. He plays a terminally ill young man who decides to take one last journey with his three closest friends, to a remote beach on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The film follows the journey as the four friends come to terms with life and death, and the love and friendship between them.
Benedict Cumberbatch starred as Stephen Hawking in the 2004 BBC film, 'Hawking'.
12 Amazing Grace
In the movie 'Amazing Grace,' Benedict Cumberbatch portrays William Pitt the Younger, a British politician who becomes the youngest Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
11 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the charcter of Smaug in the movie 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'. The film is based on the 1937 novel 'The Hobbit' by J. R. R. Tolkien.
10 Doctor Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Stephen Strange, a world-renowned neurosurgeon who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
9 Star Trek Into Darkness
In the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Benedict Cumberbatch plays the character John Harrison, who is later revealed to be Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically enhanced superhuman from Earth's past.
8 Stuart: A Life Backwards
Benedict Cumberbatch played the role of Alexander Masters in the biographical drama film 'Stuart: A Life Backwards'. The film stars Tom Hardy as Stuart Shorter and Benedict Cumberbatch as Alexander Masters, a journalist who wrote a biography of Shorter's life. The film chronicles the life of Shorter, a homeless man and his journey of redemption, as seen through the eyes of Masters.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Paul Marshall, a wealthy British aristocrat who is a suspect in a crime that the protagonist's sister falsely accuses him of.
6 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Smaug, a powerful dragon and the main antagonist of J.R.R Tolkien's "The Hobbit". Smaug is a large, fire-breathing dragon who guards the Lonely Mountain and its vast treasure hoard.
5 Thor: Ragnarok
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the movie 'Thor: Ragnarok' as the character Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange serves as a mentor to Thor in the film, offering him advice and guidance throughout the movie. Doctor Strange is a powerful sorcerer with a vast array of magical abilities, and his powers are essential to helping Thor and the other characters prevent Ragnarok from occurring.
4 The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. The film follows Turing's efforts to crack the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, and his struggles with his own personal and professional life.
3 12 Years a Slave
Benedict Cumberbatch appears in the film '12 Years a Slave' as William Ford, the plantation owner of Solomon Northup, the film’s protagonist. Ford initially treats Northup kindly, but eventually sells him.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Lieutenant-Colonel Mackenzie in the war drama '1917'. The movie, directed by Sam Mendes, follows two British soldiers during the World War I who are tasked with delivering a message deep behind enemy lines. The message, if not delivered, could lead to the deaths of hundreds of British soldiers.
1 Avengers: Infinity War
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange in the 2018 Marvel Studios film Avengers: Infinity War. Doctor Strange is a powerful sorcerer who wields the powerful Eye of Agamotto and uses it to protect the universe from threats like Thanos.