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Pitt the Younger
played by Benedict Cumberbatch


William Pitt the Younger played by Benedict Cumberbatch

Meet William Pitt the Younger

Elected as Prime Minister at the age of 24, William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) can be credited with encouraging Wilberforce to lead the abolitionist movement through political means. In addition to acting as his political ally, Pitt also maintained a close friendship with Wilberforce throughout most of their careers. A brief rift in their friendship occurred in 1793 when France declared war on England. At this point, Pitt fell under the abolitionist movement to focus on the war. Wilberforce, however, disagreed and thought it beneficial to attempt peace with France. The pair reconciled within a few months and remained friends until Pitt's death in 1806, just one year before the slave trade was abolished.

About Benedict Cumberbatch

A relative newcomer to film, Benedict Cumberbatch quickly established his reputation on television. For his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in the television biopic Hawking he was nominated for a BAFTA® and won the Golden Nymph Award at Montecarlo Television Festival. He recently played a leading role in the television adaptation of William Golding's novel To The Ends of the Earth. The son of two actors, Benedict studied drama at LAMDA.

Benedict recently completed work on Tom Vaughan's feature Starter For Ten, and Joe Wright's feature adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement, starring alongside Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and co-star Romola Garai.