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Coincidentally, Miller was cast as Sherlock Holmes in Elementary (2012) and Cumberbatch has been playing the legendary detective in Sherlock (2010) since July 2010.
During his gap year, before studying Drama in Manchester University, he spent some time volunteering as an English teacher at a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling, India. In 2012, he won a Laurence Olivier Award, London Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Award for his performance in Danny Boyle's stage production National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011) at the Royal National Theatre wherein he played Victor Frankenstein and his Creature in alternating nights.
He played Stephen Hawking, who had previously played himself on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
He shares the role of Sherlock Holmes with both Leonard Nimoy and Christopher Plummer.
Has central heterochromia as well as sectoral heterochromia, the "groovy" but harmless genetic mutation that his friend James Mc Avoy describes in X-Men: First Class (2011).
Lost a notable amount of weight for his role as Sherlock Holmes, his goal being to portray Holmes as a character with such high intelligence that it manifests itself in a physical, "mind-over-matter" sort of way.
Good friends with Jonny Lee Miller, with whom he shared the central roles of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature in Danny Boyle's stage production National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011).
He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch CMG.
Cumberbatch attended Brambletye School and Harrow School.