After close to two decades working as an actor, Benedict Cumberbatch—one of our favorite English entertainers—is turning "the big 4-0." Today, we're celebrating his birthday milestone by recognizing his many accomplishments. During his career, he's not only landed many impressive theater, film, and TV roles, but he's also known for being an extremely charitable guy. To honor Cumberbatch on his birthday, we rounded up 9 of his most special life moments. Scroll down to see how he's blowing everyone away.
1. He’s received praise directly from his Marvel Comics character
Now, that's a first. For his upcoming role in Marvel's Doctor Strange (out Nov. 2016), Cumberbatch earned praise and a thumbs up from...Doctor Strange himself.
2. He's a professionally trained actor
Before his acting career really took off, Cumberbatch learned from some of the best acting coaches when he earned his Masters of Arts in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
3. He’s taking on an American classic
Even though the film is delayed, Cumberbatch has landed the part as The Grinch in the next movie adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas. We can't wait to see Cumberbatch's Christmas-stealing abilities.
4. He’s earned much critical acclaim for his craft
During his career, Cumberbatch has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and, for The Imitation Game, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In addition to these honors, he's won six British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and two Golden Globe Award nominations.
5. He's a man of many talents
Besides his many TV and movie parts, Cumberbatch's reach as an actor also spans theater, radio, and narration. After getting his footing as a young theater performer in London, he went on to land roles in more prestigious productions like After the Dance, Frankenstein, and Hamlet. Also a big fan of radio, Cumberbatch has done a number of productions for BBC and he's narrated several documentaries for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.
6. He’s a dad!
As of last summer, Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter, had their first child. Their baby boy, Christopher Cumberbatch, was born on June 1, 2015, and if he’s anything like dad, he’ll surely be a multi-talented little tyke in no time.
7. He’s a charitable guy
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in June, 2015, for his services to the performing arts and to charity.
8. He can play almost any role
As big fans of the actor, we cannot get enough of Cumberbatch's captivating, on-screen performances. Since getting his footing in Hollywood, he's landed all kinds of impressive parts, including (through voice and motion capture) the characters Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit film series. Additionally, Cumberbatch has been in loads of other iconic films like Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years A Slave, and soon, we'll see the actor bring his incredible acting skills to life as Dr. Stephen Strange in the aforementioned Marvel Comics film, Doctor Strange.
9. He can rock a suit like none other
Finally, we can't forget to compliment Cumberbatch on his superbly chic red carpet style. Despite his busy schedule and being a dad, the actor never fails to look put-together when in the public eye. Below, we've rounded up three of his best looks to date, in honor of his birthday.