Benedict Cumberbatch has proven that having multiple projects on the go doesn’t mean that you can’t excel in all of them.
From his lead role in BBC’s hit TV show Sherlock, to his portrayal of Alan Turing in the Oscar-nominated film The Imitation Game, to his upcoming stage turn as Hamlet in a production at London’s Barbican Theatre, his choice of roles are not only high profile, they also reflect an impressive range of mediums and personas.
Cumberbatch has the skills to tackle nearly any role that comes his way. Look no further than the contrast from his breakout role as a young Stephen Hawking to his voice-over role in Penguins of Madagascar.
“What matters to me is the quality and the variety of the work.” – Benedict Cumberbatch, Telegraph UK
While his rise from an unknown television actor to global phenomenon seems instantaneous, it was far from it. Cumberbatch graduated from his degree at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art at age 24, slowly honing his skills in school productions and small theatres around Europe.
“I’ve always had an eye on longevity; I’ve got loads more goals to achieve. It’s not like I’ve completely conquered the whole thing. That’s a lifetime’s objective, not an overnight thing.” –Benedict Cumberbatch, Independent UK
His balance of practice and preparation, combined with his education and intellect created a formula for success that has allowed him to thrive in an exceptionally broad range of work.
While undeniably in the prime of his career, it’s also clear that Cumberbatch is just getting started. He’s accepted nearly every role that has resonated with him; not only for the big paycheck, but for his love of the craft.
Never limit yourself to the current scope of your work. Never pass up a project that you love. When you’re passionate about your work, you owe it to yourself to see it through.
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