1. History’s first “batch” of Benedict begins with The Other Boleyn Girl in 1520.
2. Fast forward 262 years to 1782, influencing freedom among the British slave trade as William Pitt in Amazing Grace.
3. Next, time hops to 1850 and Benedict is playing Joseph Hooker in Creation, encouraging his pal Charles Darwin to publish his scientific theories.
So you did one amazing thing for British history? It’s far from the last. This dabble into science will foreshadow even more shape-shifted roles in the future.
4. What do you know? It’s World War I and our boy Benedict is leading the charge in 1912 as Major Jamie Stewart in War Horse.
5. But not while playing a romantic noble at the same exact time! He has to escape a brutal love triangle first as Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End.
6. A break from war in 1939 allows for more time among high society, and the dark secrets among it, as Benedict does bad things playing Paul Marshall in Atonement.