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Watch: In Conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch

20 February 2014

Watch as Benedict Cumberbatch discuss his life and career in the first of BAFTA New York's “In Conversation" interviews, presented in partnership with Standard Talks.

Amidst a blustering snowstorm BAFTA New York kicked off its new interview series, “In Conversation” with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness) at The Standard High Line on February 13, 2014. In front of the SRO crowd comprised of fans, New York luminaries and BAFTA New York members, Cumberbatch regaled the audience with stories about his career that ranged from seeking acting advice from Meryl Streep during August: Osage County to the challenges of playing Smaug in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug to how he almost didn’t audition for the role of Sherlock Holmes. Luke Parker Bowles, BAFTA New York Chairman Film & Events, was the emcee and The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg led the spirited, entertaining chat. Among the guests in attendance were British Consul General Danny Lopez and his wife Susan, and Alina Cho, Editor at Large, Ballantine Bantam Dell. British Airways sponsored “In Conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch.”

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“In Conversation,” is an exclusive interview series that explores the career achievements and recollections of an array of British actors, directors, screenwriters, and practitioners in all areas of film and television. “In Conversation” is in partnership with The Standard and is part of their “Standard Talks” program, a series of conversations and talks that will take place across all The Standard Hotels in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

Cumberbatch, who recently won the National TV Award, is a Golden Globe® nominee and a four-time BAFTA nominee, is one of the most sought-after actors working today. He has received worldwide acclaim and numerous accolades for his starring role in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s Sherlock, the stunning TV adaption of the book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Cumberbatch also recently starred in the BBC/HBO drama Parade’s End, earning an Emmy® nomination for best actor. Last year, he played the role of the dragon Smaug and The Necromancer in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and the villain in J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Currently, Cumberbatch is featured as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate,“Little Charles” Aiken in August: Osage County alongside Meryl Streep, and William Ford in 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen.

More than 3000 fans followed “In Conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch” at #BAFTANYTalk on Twitter and clips from the event can be found on the BAFTA New York Facebook page