London-born actor Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes on the popular BBC show, will portray the villain in the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" film. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)Link
Cumberbatch played young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot in the 2005 miniseries "To the Ends of the Earth." The series was nominated for several BAFTA awards. (BBC)Link
Cumberbatch, third from left, joined James McAvoy, Alice Eve and Elaine Tan in the 2006 film "Starter for 10," about students at Bristol University. (Giles Keyte/Picturehouse)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch played Paul Marshall in "Atonement," a 2007 movie based on the novel by Ian McEwan. The film won an Oscar, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA awards. (Universal Pictures)Link
In another period piece, Cumberbatch played William Carey, husband to Scarlett Johansson's Mary Boleyn, in 2008's "The Other Boleyn Girl." (Sony Pictures)Link
Cumberbatch and Anamaria Marinca starred in the 2008 miniseries thriller "The Last Enemy." (Box TV/BBC/PBS)Link
In 2010, Cumberbatch acted in "The Whistleblower," a drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, who served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia and exposed a sex scandal. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)Link
Cumberbatch's performance as the Baker Street sleuth alongside Martin Freeman's Dr. Watson in the "Sherlock" TV series has catapulted him into the public eye and earned him several awards nods, including BAFTA and Emmy nominations. (BBC/PBS)Link
English actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the TV series "Sherlock." (PBS)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Victor Frankenstein opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Creature in Danny Boyle's National Theatre Live production of "Frankenstein" in 2011. The two actors took turns portraying the monster and his creator. (Catherine Ashmore)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, played Maj. Jamie Stewart alongside Patrick Kennedy and Tom Hiddleston in the 2011 movie "War Horse." (David Appleby/DreamWorks)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch discusses a shot with director Steven Spielberg on the set of the 2011 film "War Horse." (David Appleby/DreamWorks)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Peter Guillam in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (Jack English/Focus Features)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch played opposite Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (Jack English/Focus Features)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch attends the British Independent Film Awards in London in 2011. (Joel Ryan / Associated Press)Link
Benedict Cumberbatch. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)Link
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres might have taken down Twitter with the star-studded selfie she snapped during Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast, but earlier in the evening, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch crafted one special impromptu photograph of his own.
Cumberbatch has a way of setting Internet hearts aflame even on an average day, but the actor, who had a role in Sunday’s best picture Oscar winner, “12 Years a Slave,” managed yet another “meme-orable” turn on the Academy Awards’ red carpet, leaping into frame as venerable rock band U2 was posing for a group photo.
Hands raised, with a silly expression, Cumberbatch might now rank as the most amusing celebrity photobomber of all time.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 3, 2014
He did turn up in other ways during the Oscar show too — two of the 2013 films starring the actor, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” were nominated in the visual effects category, though both lost out to Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama “Gravity,” which took home a total of seven statuettes Sunday.
He also appeared last year on screen opposite Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County,” and he starred as Julian Assange in the fact-based drama “The Fifth Estate” from director Bill Condon.
On television, Cumberbatch continues to star in the third season of “Sherlock,” the series that initially helped catapult the actor into the spotlight.
Click through the gallery above for a more detailed look at Cumberbatch’s early career, and let us know your thoughts on his Oscar prank in the comments section below.
-– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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