ByAlya Stationwala, writer at Creators.co
Alya Stationwala

June 19th 1976 marked the birth of the acting genius who has made his mark on the entertainment industry as one of the most explosive British actors of our time, Benedict Cumberbatch. While having one of the most easily butchered name is Hollywood, the English heartthrob has earned many titles throughout his rise to fame from England's biggest Sex Symbol to Photobomb King. Now, freshly in his 40s, we take a look back at everything his 30s offered that shaped his career into the success it is today.

2006 was quite the beginning for Cumberbatch. Going from roles in TV Movies and in small TV series such as Stephen Hawking in Hawking (2004) and Will Parker in Broken News (2005), the actor earned one of his first roles in a motion picture. Playing alongside actors such as James McAvoy in Starter for 10 and Ioan Gruffudd in Amazing Grace Benedict Cumberbatch began a foundation for a solid career in film.

William Pitt (Cumberbatch), Amazing Grace
William Pitt (Cumberbatch), Amazing Grace

Through 2009, Benedict Cumberbatch continued to land secondary roles in films such as Atonement (2007), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Creation (2009), maintaining a clear interest in period pieces and theatrical performance.

2010 changed the life of the British artist when he landed the role of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC mini-series Sherlock. While only displaying a 3 episode story of a modern day consulting detective, the series spawned a huge interest which brought Benedict Cumberbatch to an internationally praising audience. After being a part of the creation of one of the most beloved and talked about portrayals of the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character, the actor raised out of the shadows and became a popular casting choice amongst a variety of genres.

Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch), BBC Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch), BBC Sherlock

Earning roles in National Theatre productions such as Frankenstein (2010) and major motion pictures such as Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy (2012-2014), Benedict Cumberbatch became one of the biggest breakthrough actors of a generation.

From then, Cumberbatch continued to show up everywhere. At the 2014 Oscars, he not only appeared in three Oscar nominated movies, but also became one of the most talked about names of the show despite not even being nominated himself. Also, after 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he began landing roles in famous movie series much as Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), "Pengwings" of Madagascar (2014), and Zoolander 2 (2016), all while continuing to reprise his role as Sherlock Holmes in 2012, 2014, and now 2016.

Spreading through all the available genres from dramas to sci-fi, Benedict Cumberbatch continues to grow his Cumbercollective fan base.

Benedict Cumberbatch, TIFF 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch, TIFF 2014

This 2016 to 2017, the now 40 year old actor has another decade of exciting and memorable characters to share with the world. Currently in production, Marvel's Doctor Strange and BBC's Sherlock season 4 are set to be released November 2016 and early January 2017 respectively. In addition, Andy Serkis' The Jungle Book: Origins and an updated How the Grinch Stole Christmas animated movie are set to be released in late 2018.

Here's to more great film seasons for the birthday boy, Benedict Cumberbatch!