Born Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch in London to parents Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham – two television show actors. His first theatrical appearance was in elementary school when he played Titania, queen of the fairies, in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
My parents wanted the best for me. […] I wasn’t sent to the school my dad went to. My prep school was heaven. It was like being in an extended holiday camp full of baby brothers. Suddenly I had this family of boys. It was a riot. I had so much fun. My parents saw I was happy, so I went off to board at Harrow.
I was happy as an only child, but I’ve always wanted to be part of a bigger family.