[PHOTOS] Benedict Cumberbatch through the years: The ‘Doctor Strange’ star’s best roles

Doctor Strange” opened November 4 starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. It’s the latest in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, and with strong reviews and high box office expectations it appears to be the latest in a string of successes for the actor, who in just 10 years time has become one of the world’s biggest stars thanks to roles on film and TV, in big-budget extravaganzas and intimate character studies. Scroll through the photos above for a look back at Cumberbatch’s impressive career to date.

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Before he was a household name Cumberbatch played a sinister supporting role in the Oscar nominated film “Atonement” (2007) as a sexual predator whose actions set the story in motion. But it was really the TV series “Sherlock” that put him on the map. Starting in 2010, “Sherlock” updates the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories to 21st century London, and in the title role Cumberbatch won an Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Actor in addition to nominations at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. The series returns for its fourth (and possibly final) season in January.

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That role put Cumberbatch on Hollywood’s radar, leading to blockbuster roles in “Star Trek Into Darkness” (as villainous Khan) and the “Hobbit” trilogy (voicing both the Necromancer and the dragon Smaug), as well as a starring role in the 2014 biopic “The Imitation Game” as persecuted scientist and code-breaker Alan Turing. That performance earned Cumberbatch an Oscar nomination for Best Actor — he lost to Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), but the way things are going it looks likely that Cumberbatch will have more chances to go for the gold.

What is your favorite Benedict Cumberbatch role? Scroll through our gallery above and discuss this and more in our movie forum.

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