When Benedict Cumberbatch Played Stephen Hawking: It’s All on YouTube

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TORONTO — Eddie Redmayne got the awards universe buzzing here on Sunday night with his astounding physical transformation from a vivacious, sprightly Stephen Hawking into the wheelchair-bound form we’ve come to know him by in The Theory of Everything. But he wasn’t the first actor to play the cosmologist — that distinction belongs to Benedict Cumberbatch.

In 2004, a few years before a small role in Atonement helped kick off his film career, Cumberbatch played Hawking in the 90-minute made-for-television movie Hawking, which ran on the BBC.

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