Benedict Cumberbatch, more famously known as Sherlock Holmes, isn’t what I would call sexy. Although in this glitzy world of show business, you kinda have to be a sexy hunk of meat to catch people’s attention, this isn’t always the case. Perfect example? Benedict Cumberbatch. The 40-year-old actor managed to carve out a niche for himself, (and a nice piece of dough) playing detective, Frankenstein and Doctor Strange. Which in Cumberbatch’s own words are essentially “asexual, intellectual sociopaths.”
Moral of the story: you don’t have to look like a DiCaprio to feel like a million bucks. “Asexual, intellectual, sociopaths” become millionaires too.
Benedict Cumberbatch Net Worth as of 2019: $17 Million
Benedict Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976. His parents were both actors but they did everything they could to keep their children out of acting. To no avail, though. Cumberbatch graduated from the University of Manchester and continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting.
2006 – 2010
Even though he appeared as early as 2003 in the film To Kill a King, he didn’t land a major role until the 2006 film Amazing Grace, where he starred as William Pitt the Younger. Since then, he went on to collaborate with Keira Knightly for the first time in the 2007 film Atonement, and then again in The Imitation Game in 2014.
In 2007, Cumberbatch appeared in the comedy Starter for Ten produced by Tom Hanks and received a $246, 000 paycheck for the role.
Though he may not have known it, 2009 was a pivotal year for Cumberbatch. The actor starred in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Marple: Murder Is Easy. He played Luke Fitzwilliam, the ex-policeman/novice investigator who figures out the killer, but almost too late. Perhaps it was his novice detective prowess that eventually led to his casting as Sherlock Holmes, where everything that was supposed to happen, happened…
2010 – 2013
Ten years into the game, Cumberbatch had appeared in numerous shows, plays, films, but to the general public, he was still relatively unknown. In 2010, everything changed. His portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the joint BBC/PBS television series Sherlock became both a commercial and critical success. For the third episode of the third series of Sherlock, His Las Vow, Cumberbatch won an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. In April 2015, he was nominated for his sixth British Academy Television Award for Best Leading Actor for the third series of Sherlock. In 2016, he was once again nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, this time for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.
The actor received $525,134 per season for playing detective.
2013 – 2017
“This century’s Olivier,” as Benedict Cumberbatch is called in mass media, earns approximately $1 million per movie, where he’s the leading act. In 2013, he played William Prince Ford in 12 Years a Slave, earning $230,000 for the role.
In the following year, he starred in The Imitation Game as British cryptographer Alan Turing, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and $1.2 million in pocket change.
In May 2014, he joined the cast of the film Black Mass opposite Johnny Depp which was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures worldwide and earned $946,000 for his performance.
Aside from his salary as an actor, he brings in roughly $300,000 from endorsements, guest appearances on shows and photo shoots for various magazines.
In 2015, Cumberbatch allegedly bought himself a huge mansion in Hidden Hills, California, a Tuscan villa with seven bedrooms, swimming pool and a hefty price tag of $14.2 million. When he’s not swimming in his villa, you might find him cheering in the stadium at Wimbledon or driving his infamous car, looking just as witty as Sherlock Holmes.
Up next for Cumberbatch, is a reprisal of his role as Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange in Thor: Ragnarok, which is scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017.
Based on the novel of the same name, Patrick Melrose will be seen adapted as a television mini-series in 2018 and ably led by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s television drama film Brexit: The Uncivil War has released this January and getting the best reviews so far.