35 Benedict Cumberbatch Quotes on His Life, Acting Career and Opinions
Many of us have come to Benedict Cumberbatch on our screens as sarcastic characters such as Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Strange. However, his real personality is rather sweet and amiable. Learn more about the man outside of the character by reading the following 35 quotes.
Benedict Cumberbatch's parents are actors, meaning performing is in his blood. He didn't wait long to pursue his natural talent, studying drama at Manchester University and acting at the London Academy of Music.
He initially stepped into the limelight when he played Stephen Hawking in the 2004 film "Hawking." However, as many fans know, the role that took him to the heights of fame was playing Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock. He has since taken on other well-known roles, such as Doctor Strange, his award-winning performance of Alan Turing, and many more. Read his 35 quotes below.
Benedict Cumberbatch Life Advice Quotes
"Our daily lives are so mundane, we get taken over by what is immediately in front of us, and we don't see beyond that." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“Looking for happiness is a sure way to sadness, I think.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
"Live a life less ordinary." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"You have to sometimes just run with the problem rather than trying to solve it with hi-tech wizardry and lots of planning." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“If you can't fail, you can never get better.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
"If you have an over-preoccupation with perception and trying to please people's expectations, then you can go mad." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“Enjoy the journey of life and not just the endgame.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch Quotes about Himself
"That's something I have to work on: to separate what really matters, to conserve energy by not worrying about what other people think." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"I drive a motorbike, so there is the whiff of the grim reaper round every corner, especially in London." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"I just increasingly enjoy the quiet moments when I can be on my own with my friends and family, or with a book, having a live experience. That's really what I crave, and I always have done." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
"Pull the hair on my head the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“I keep myself amused and others confused.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
"I've been broody since I was 12, but I can't just get anyone pregnant. It has got to be the right person." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“Maybe it's because I was an only child, but I've always wanted kids.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch's Quotes on Acting and His Career
"Every job is incredibly different, and I love it because you're picking up skill sets and experiences. It's the university of life." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"I'm sort of focused on my long-term goal of carving out a career that's for life, rather than being a flash in the pan." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"Lines are very difficult to learn." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"I realized quite early on that, although I wasn't trying to make a career speciality of it, I was playing slightly asexual, sociopathic intellectuals." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“Worst thing about my profession? The press, obviously. Don't write that, eh?" — Benedict Cumberbatch
"One of the best things about being an actor is that it's a meritocracy." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“I have actual acting scars.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
"If people ask, 'Are you Sherlock Holmes?', it's horribly naff, but I say, 'I'm not, I just look a bit like him,' which is how I feel. There are bad attributes of his that I really don't share!" — Benedict Cumberbatch
“Sometimes, as an actor, you're looking for the infinite.“ — Benedict Cumberbatch
"I've always wanted to play a spy, because it is the ultimate acting exercise. You are never what you seem." — Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch's Quotes on His Opinions and Viewpoints
"I think with any characterization, there's a point where you empathize, no matter how much of a deviance his or her actions may be from your understanding of humanity." — Benedict Cumberbatch
"People always want to knock you when you're up." — Benedict Cumberbatch
“Mystique is rare now, isn't it? There aren't that many enigmas in this modern world.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
"Upper class to me means you are either born into wealth or you're Royalty." — Benedict Cumberbatch
Quotes from Some of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Characters
"Protecting your reality, [expletive]." — Doctor Strange
"Dear God, What's it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.” — Sherlock Holmes
“When people talk to each other, they never say what they mean. They say something else and you're expected to just know what they mean.” — Alan Turing
"My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?" — Khan
"Cruelty is the opposite of love, not some inarticulate expression of it." — Patrick Melrose
It turns out that Cumberbatch's dream of having children came true. He and his wife, Sophie Hunter, share three children: Hal Auden Cumberbatch, Finn Cumberbatch, and Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch.
This young boy was already rubbing shoulders with the greats at a young age. His father said he would sometimes bring him to the "Dr. Strange set." This means he could have very well met individuals such as Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, or Benedict Wong.
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