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Sherlock to Doctor Strange: Top titles starring Benedict Cumberbatch that must be on your binge-list

Raktim Das

Raktim Das
Jul 19, 2021

Prominent roles of actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is an artist extraordinaire. Having won numerous awards in the last decade, he has delivered some of the most memorable performances that will stay with us forever.

So, today as we celebrate the birthday of the acclaimed actor, OTTplay presents to you a compilation of the best roles portrayed by Benedict, that are worth remembering and can be binged again and again:

1
The Imitation Game
8.4OTTplay Rating
Based on the life of mathematician Alan Turing, the movie shows the brilliant genius, responsible for leading a cryptography team to break Nazi Germany’s Enigma code, turning the tides during World War II, yet was charged with foul charges due to his homosexuality. Playing the central character of Alan, Benedict Cumberbatch nails the multi-layered emotions and depth of the closeted mastermind.
2
Sherlock
9.5OTTplay Rating
The highlight of Cumberbatch’s career, the series is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, and narrates the adventures of detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr Watson, as they untangle mysteries, and bring perpetrators to justice. Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock is a treat to watch, something you will keep coming back to, due to his nuanced acting, restrained emotions and Sherlock-y mannerisms.
3
Hawking
7.6OTTplay Rating
A drama chronicling the story of physicist Stephen Hawking, the movie narrates the early life of the prodigy as a PhD student, his rise to fame with his intellect and his tiff with illness. Hawking is played by Benedict, who manages to capture the highs and lows of the genius’ life, in the most authentic and relatable manner possible.
4
Doctor Strange
7.7OTTplay Rating
A Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) classic, the movie introduces renowned doctor-turned-sorcerer, Stephen Strange. With larger-than-life magic, time control, supernatural elements, an extraterrestrial villain, and the charm of Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange is a must-watch for Marvel and magic lovers.
5
12 Years a Slave
8.6OTTplay Rating
A biopic of Solomon Northup, the movie is a period-drama film, documenting the horrors and oppression that slavery brings with it. Playing the role of the first plantation owner, Benedict essays the kind-hearted nature of Ford, who treats Solomon with respect yet is too afraid to stand up for him.
6
Avengers: Infinity War
8.7OTTplay Rating
The penultimate saga of Phase Three of MCU, the movie sets out the heroes of Earth as they struggle to stop the daunting evil Thanos, from invading and wiping out half of the universe’s population. Reprising his role as Doctor Strange is Benedict Cumberbatch, who later becomes one of the key factors behind Thanos’ defeat.
7
Black Mass
7.1OTTplay Rating
A mafia drama, the movie has often been termed as a comeback for Johnny Depp as gangster Whitey Bulger. However, the show-stealer happens to be Benedict Cumberbatch as Whitey's brother Billy, with a solid Boston accent and his attempt to juggle his role as Massachusetts Senate President with the criminal activities of his brother, giving the movie some required strokes of heat.
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