His most acclaimed roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking (2004), Victor Frankenstein and his creature in Danny Boyle's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (2011) at the Royal National Theatre, Sherlock Holmes in the BBC/PBSseries Sherlock, Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Christopher Tietjens in the BBC/HBO miniseries Parade's End(2013), Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (2013). Cumberbatch stars in the upcoming historical drama film, The Imitation Game (2014) as wartime cryptographer Alan Turing.
He has earned an Olivier Award, four BAFTA nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination among others. In September 2013, he was honoured by BAFTA Los Angeles with a Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year for his "masterful performances in television, film and theatre." He ranked No. 1 in Empire magazine's worldwide poll of 100 Sexiest Movie Stars of 2013.