Ten years before “Theory,” Cumberbatch played Hawking


This year’s Oscar race may include two men who have played Steven Hawking, the physicist with ALS.

In “The Theory of Everything,” he is played by Eddie Redmayne who may get an nomination for the role.

But in 2004, Benedict Cumberbatch played him in “Hawking” a similarly-themed drama about the physicist’s early life at Cambridge, and his relationship with his wife Jane. The 90 minute made forTV movie aired on the BBC.

You can stream it on Amazon and iTunes.  Cumberbatch is in this year’s Oscar discussion for “The Imitation Game,” another biopic, this one about mathematician Alan Turing, who broke the Nazi Enigma code during World War II.

Watch Cumberbatch’s turn as Hawking below, to the Peter Gabriel song “My Body Is A Cage.”

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