London-born Benedict Cumberbatch's addition to the cast of “Star Trek 2013” is just the latest in a busy year for the rising star, known best as the star of the BBC’s modern-era Sherlock series. But movies audiences also saw him in 2011’s Oscar-worthy hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse.
That one-year resume points up how Cumberbatch is already making a career out of wildly diverse roles and looks. Born Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch in 1976 to actor parents, he has become a regular but not same-styled face to British TV audiences, including the title genius of the BBC’s Hawking movie—one of his three British BAFTA award nominations, along with Sherlock. More recently he can be seen on the big screen in Wreckers, The Whistleblower, The Other Boleyn Girl, Atonement—and Starter for 10, alongside his Star Trek co-star Alice Eve.