Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition: New Biography Hits the Bestseller Lists (MX Publishing, London)

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In early June a detailed performance biography of Benedict Cumberbatch comes out to the delight of his millions of fans around the world – and it’s already top of the Sherlock Holmes bestseller lists. The star of BBC Sherlock, Star Trek, The Hobbit trilogy and dozens of other hits has an incredible following, and one look at the contents of this book gives an idea of why.

Benedict Cumberbatch In Transition an new performance biography

Benedict Cumberbatch In Transition

Cumberbatch is having a remarkable career. This performance biography is an analysis of a man in transition from working actor to multimedia star.

In early June a detailed performance biography of Benedict Cumberbatch comes out to the delight of his millions of fans around the world – and it’s already top of the Sherlock Holmes bestseller lists. The star of BBC Sherlock, Star Trek, The Hobbit trilogy and dozens of other hits has an incredible following, and one look at the contents of this book gives an idea of why. For most actors, these stellar cinematic, theatrical, and television events would be the highlights of a lifetime’s work. On Benedict Cumberbatch’s résumé they are only a few of many entries.

His performances have garnered a plethora of best actor awards, both in the theatre (Evening Standard Theatre Award, Critics Circle Theatre Award, and Olivier Award), by playing the dual roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein, and on television (Broadcasting Press Guild Award, Critics Choice Television Award, Crime Thriller Award, and TV Choice Award), by starring as the titular Holmes in the BBC’s Sherlock. Add these and other recent accolades to nearly a decade’s nominations and awards (such as the Golden Nymph as best actor in Hawking), and it’s easy to see why Benedict Cumberbatch is often hailed as the actor of his generation.

The book is described as a ‘performance biography’ and focuses on his career. Written by Lynnette Porter, who has more than a dozen such detailed research works under her belt, it is a must have for Cumberbatch fans. The foreword for the book has been written by leading independent Sherlock website Sherlockology.

This performance biography is an analysis of a man in transition from working actor to multimedia star, as well as the balance between actor and celebrity. It looks at what makes this actor so well suited to play one of popular culture’s iconic characters, Sherlock Holmes, and how Sherlock is so well suited to propel Cumberbatch toward greater global fame.

Cumberbatch is in the middle of filming BBC Sherlock Series 3, and the film sets have already seen legions of fans camping out to catch a glimpse, despite the show’s producers pleading with the fans to stay away so that the tough filming schedule can stay on track.

Cumberbatch is having a remarkable career, especially since 2010. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, The Hobbit, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Parade’s End—not a bad list, especially within a scant few years. BAFTA-winning Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (best British film of the year) and Academy Award-nominated War Horse started 2012 on the red carpet. Next came roles in two of the biggest franchises ever—Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films, building on the cinematic legacy of The Lord of the Rings, and J. J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek.

As the Star Trek movie opens worldwide, we’re sure that the millions of fans, nicknamed the Cumberbabes (the term suggested by the actor, and adopted by the fans), will be out in force.

As the author comments on why the actor is so alluring: “He often shares an intriguing perspective on his profession, as evidenced in sometimes controversial interviews. He has become so much in demand that online box offices crash when tickets for his performances go on sale, and, before a Cheltenham Literature Festival Q&A session, fans overwhelmed Twitter when so many responded immediately to a call for questions. Cumberbatch consistently is a top name on lists ranging from sex appeal to global influence. In 2012 he beat David Beckham in the former and U.S. President Barack Obama in the latter.”

Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition is out on 10th June through bookstores worldwide from MX Publishing and soon will be available through translation in several languages.

Book Depository is offering free delivery worldwide.

ISBN 781780924366, £12.99, €14.99, $18.95. Review copies and interviews with the author on request from steve(at)mxpublishing(dot)co(dot)uk

Fans can ask questions from the author at the Facebook Page.

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