Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (19 July 1976) is an English film, television and theatre actor, voice artist and producer. His first West End theatre performance was in Sir Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler as George Tesman in 2005. Since then, he has had leading roles in Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance (2010) and Danny Boyle's Frankenstein (2011). His first main part on television was as the title character in Hawking in 2004. This was followed by notable television portrayals of Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock since 2010 and Christopher Tietjens in Sir Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Parade's End in 2012.