Benedict Cumberbatch There are few actors who can communicate genius-level abstraction with as much believability as Benedict Cumberbatch. The Londoner has IQ-ed up everything from the BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ and ‘The Current War’ to ‘The Imitiation Game’ and ‘Doctor Strange’. But his range extends far beyond playing brainboxes, as his visceral turn in Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ amply demonstrates. He’s magnetic as the dissolute ‘Patrick Melrose’ in Showtime’s limited series, too. Like Sherlock himself, there’s not much he can’t wrap his head around.
Years active: 2002 to now Key films: ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘The Power of the Dog’,
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It’s interesting because they forgot people like Daniel Day Lewis, the Redgraves, Richard Burton, Maggie Smith or, of the “new talents”, Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne!
I guess it’s a nice list of British celebrities, old and new, that are still remembered/considered cool by wide audiences. At least, the summary about BC is nice, that’s not the case with everyone (Sean Bean is celebrated because he frequently dies in his films!)
Thanks for posting this! I‘m really glad BC made that list!
Why on earth did they leave out Daniel Day Lewis? He is considered the greatest movie actor of all time by many. After all, he gave us 2 of the best villains ever (in Gangs of NY and There Will Be Blood). I also love his other work, e.g. Lincoln and so on and on. His different accents are always spot on. To be honest, I‘ve been a huge fan of his … until BC took over, lol!
It‘s a pity, Sir Daniel is already retired… Do we know what BC thinks of his work? I read, There Will Be Blood is one of his all time favourites…
I cannot believe they left out DDL as well! What a regrettable oversight. He is so brilliant and one of my favs, too. I first saw him as the hilariously prissy Cecil in A Room With a View in the 80s and was nearly struck dumb by how good he was. He and Maggie Smith really stole that movie. Well, I’m sure he doesn’t need some silly list to know how admired and talented he is.
You‘re right, queenzod! DDL absolutely doesn‘t need such a list! He has been and is going to inspire generations of actors. All of his movies are considered classics by now. I just cannot get over his decision to not continue working anymore….