'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain': 5 things to know about Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of artist Louis Wain, whose unique style led to artwork that lives on


                            'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain': 5 things to know about Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

If it's still too early for you to start streaming Christmas movies just yet, then 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain' will prove to be just what you've been looking for. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch the movie follows the life of artist Louis Wain "whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever."

If you're looking for other movie titles to check out, you might want to consider -- 'Electric Jesus', 'Home Sweet Home Alone' and 'Apex'. For now, let's take a look at the spectacular cast of 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain'.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch's full name is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch and he was born on 19 July 1976 in the London district of Hammersmith. His parents Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham are also actors. 

Cumberbatch has a rather interesting family history, seeing that his grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer of both World Wars, whereas his great-grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch was a diplomat who served as consul in Turkey and Lebanon. His great-great-grandfather, Robert William Cumberbatch also served as a diplomat in Turkey and the Russian Empire.

With regards to his education, he was an arts scholar at Harrow School and was a member of The Rattigan Society, Harrow's principal club for the dramatic arts. After studying at Harrow, he took a gap year and taught English at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India.

Cumberbatch was appointed a CBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2015 Birthday Honours for his services to the performing arts and to charity.

Cumberbatch's most recent works include 'What If...?', 'The Power of the Dog', 'Sleep Sound - The Legend of Drizzt', 'The Mauritanian', 'The Courier', 'Good Omens', 'Avengers: Endgame', 'Brexit', 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' and 'The Grinch'.

Benedict Cumberbatch attends "The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain" Premiere during the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images).

Claire Foy

Claire Elizabeth Foy is an actress. She has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, among other accolades. Her recent works include 'The Crown', 'The Girl in the Spider's Web', 'First Man' and 'Unsane'.

Actress Claire Foy attends a For Your Consideration event for Netflix's "The Crown" at Saban Media Center (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough is an actress whose recent works include 'Here Before', 'Actress', 'Dirty Diana', 'ZeroZeroZero', 'Luxor' and 'Possessor'.

Sharon Rooney

Sharon Rooney is an actress whose works include 'Jerk', 'McDonald & Dodds', 'Finding Alice', 'Do No Harm', 'The Capture', 'Dumbo', 'Zapped', 'No Offence', 'The Tunnel' and 'Two Doors Down'.



 

 

Aimee Lou Wood

Aimee Lou Wood is a BAFTA Award-winning actress whose works include' On the Edge', 'Sex Education', 'Uncle Vanya' and 'Hen'. 



 

Hayley Squires

Hayley Squires is an actress and playwright. Her works include 'In the Earth', 'Adult Material', 'Giantland', 'Happy New Year, Colin Burstead', 'In Fabric', 'Collateral', 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' and 'The Miniaturist'.



 

Stacy Martin

Stacy Martin is an actress, her works include 'Lovers', 'Archive', 'The Evening Hour', 'The Night House', 'Salt Wound', 'Casanova, Last Love', '3 Way Junction', 'Vox Lux', 'Amanda', 'Leading Lady Parts', 'Rosy' and 'Treat Me Like Fire'.



 

Phoebe Nicholls

Phoebe Sarah Nicholls is a film, television, and stage actress. Her works include 'The Empty Man', 'Sticks and Stones', 'Traitors', 'Mari', 'Finding Your Feet', 'Transformers: The Last Knight', 'Endeavour', 'Chubby Funny' and 'Starfish'.

Adeel Akhtar

Adeel Akhtar is an award-winning star, having won the British Academy Television Award in 2017. His works include 'Back to Life', 'Ali & Ava', 'Sweet Tooth', 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie', 'Enola Holmes', 'The Nest', 'Murder Mystery' and 'Killing Eve'.



 

 

Asim Chaudhry

Asim Chaudhry is an award-winning comedian, writer, director. His works include 'People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan', 'Wonder Woman 1984', 'Hitmen', 'Greed', 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch', 'Click & Collect', 'People Just Do Nothing', 'The Jonathan Ross Show' and 'Happy New Year' and 'Colin Burstead'.

Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is a film and television director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and comedian. He has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Grammy Award, among others. His works include 'Reservation Dogs', 'Wellington Paranormal', 'What We Do in the Shadows' and 'Jojo Rabbit'.



 

 

Crystal Clarke

Clarke is an actress whose work includes 'Roadkill', 'Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar', 'Black Mirror', 'Ordeal by Innocence', 'A Woman of No Importance', 'Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi', 'The Verge', 'Assassin's Creed' and 'Star Ocean: Anamnesis'.

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is an actor, broadcaster, comedian, director and writer. His recent works include 'The Souvenir: Part II', '22 vs. Earth', 'Disenchantment', 'The Mandalorian', 'Soul', 'Apple & Onion', 'Moominvalley', 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part', 'The Souvenir' and 'Neo Yokio'.

Richard Ayoade attends Chivas Venture 2018 (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Chivas Brothers)

Daniel Rigby

Daniel Rigby is an actor and comedian. His recent works 'Jack and the Beanstalk: After Ever After', 'Defending the Guilty', 'Timewasters', 'Watership Down', 'Sick Note', 'Flowers', 'Teletubbies', 'Careful How You Go' and 'Plebs'. 


You can watch 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain' on November 5, 2021 onwards on Amazon Prime Video.