Classic Cumberbatch! Benedict on screen before Sherlock

A look back at some of Mr C's earliest roles in television and film - from Heartbeat to Hawking, Silent Witness to Starter for 10, and beyond...

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Watched and re-watched Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliant performances as Sherlock Holmes? Seen him as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness and as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate? Waiting desperately for your next Cumberfix in The Imitation Game? 

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Well never fear, help is at hand for the terminally Cumberbatched.

We’ve trawled the archives for some classic performances from his early career. It hasn’t always been primetime BBC1 and Hollywood for Mr C, as you’ll discover…

Heartbeat (2000)

BC plays Charles

Fields of Gold (2002)

BC plays Jeremy

Tipping the Velvet (2002)

BC plays Freddy

Silent Witness (2002)

BC plays Warren Reid

The Cambridge Spies (2003)

BC plays Edward Hands

Spooks (2003)

BC plays Jim North

Fortysomething (2003)

BC plays Rory Slippery

Dunkirk (2004)

BC plays Lt Jimmy Langley

Hawking (2004)

BC plays Stephen Hawking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnvFjeD9GGM

Nathan Barley (2005)

BC plays Robin

To the Ends of the Earth (2005)

BC plays Edmund Talbot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL3nIOZJDTs

Broken News (2005)

BC plays Will Parker

Starter for 10 (2006)

BC plays Patrick Watts

Amazing Grace (2006)

BC plays William Pitt

Inseparable (2007)

BC plays Joe/ Charlie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se_9195O9QA

Attonement (2007)

BC plays Paul Marshall

Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)

BC plays Alexander Masters

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

BC plays William Carey

The Last Enemy (2008)

BC plays Spehen Ezard

Marple: Murder is Easy (2008)

BC plays Luke Fitzwilliam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y0ebKVQfOI

Creation (2009)

BC plays Joseph Hooker

Small Island (2009)

BC plays Bernard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_A1S_clu8c

Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010)

BC plays Vincent Van Gogh

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And then there was a little show called Sherlock…