Benedict Cumberbatch honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Benedict has been awarded his CBE for services to the performing arts and to charity.

Also honoured were Chiwetel Ejiofor (CBE), Eddie Redmayne (OBE) and Sherlock co-creator and writer Steven Moffat (OBE).

Congratulations Commander Cumberbatch!

Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Doctor Strange and Cumberbatch film season at the Barbican

Flaunt-ThumbDeadline reports that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian) has joined Doctor Strange as possible chief villain Baron Mordo. Chiwetel joins Benedict Cumberbatch (who stars as Doctor Stephen Strange) in the film which is set to begin principal photography later this year. Chiwetel and Benedict previously worked together on 12 Years a Slave for which Chiwetel was Oscar nominated. Tilda Swinton is also reportedly set to appear as The Ancient One. The film is due to be released in the US on 4 November 2016.

To tie in with Hamlet (which stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role) the Barbican will be screening a season of films starring Benedict Cumberbatch. These include recent Hollywood hits Star Trek Into Darkness and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as well as rare screenings of Hawking and Stuart:A Life Backwards which also stars Tom Hardy. The Barbican will also be screening the entire of Parade’s End (in which Benedict starred as Christopher Tietjens opposite Rebecca Hall as Sylvia in Sir Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novels) and will be screening the cliffhangers to all 3 Sherlock series (The Great Game, The Reichenbach Fall and His Last Vow) in a single sitting. Tickets are on sale from 12 June at 10:00 a.m.

Hamlet £10 Ticket Ballot Now Open

HamletThe ballot for £10 tickets to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Centre is now open.

Anyone who wants £10 tickets can apply from now until 16 June. On 16 June (10 am) the ballot will close and winners will be notified on 19 June 2015. You can book 2 £10 tickets in total. A £3 transaction fee applies and it is one application per household. If you were lucky enough to buy your full allocation of tickets for Hamlet previously (6 tickets were permitted per membership) you may not enter the ballot.

60 tickets for every performance will be available to be pre-booked through the ballot. A further 30 day seats will be available to every performance. These will be available on the day and will require anyone wanting to purchase them to queue. The final 10 seats for each show will be sold to charities.

Do also keep an eye on the production site where a handful of tickets may be released in the future.

Sherlock wins the BAFTA Radio Times Audience Award

SherlockCongratulations to Team Sherlock and Hartswood Films on Sherlock’s BAFTA win at the weekend! The show picked up the Radio Times Audience Award at the BAFTA’s which were presented last Sunday evening. The award is voted for by the public and they voted in their thousands.

The show had previously won 2 BAFTAs at the BAFTA Craft Awards.

Congratulations to all of the team and thank you to each and every person who voted!

Sherlocked Coverage

ThumbCumberbatchweb spent an amazing (and exhausting!) weekend last weekend at Sherlocked – the first official Sherlock convention organised by Massive Events in partnership with Hartswood Films. We’re still organising our content but to start things off we’ve added a transcript of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Q&A to the site along with some photos of him at the event (with more to come).

You can find plenty of photos and quotes on our tumblr page and we’ve added Benedict’s introduction to A Scandal in Belgravia to our youtube channel.

More to come…

On another note the first trailer for Black Mass has been released and you can see it on our videos page.

Cumberbatchweb at Sherlocked

Sherlocked3Sherlocked – the official Sherlock convention takes place next weekend from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April at the EXcel Centre in London. Benedict Cumberbatch will be in attendance (Saturday only) alongside a raft of Sherlock cast & crew including Andrew Scott, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Sue Vertue, Steven Moffat & Louise Brealey. We’ll be in attendance as part of their Fanlocked Team & will be proving full coverage of the event (phone signal permitting!) including live tweeting as many of the panels as possible & lots and lots of photos.

Cumberbatchweb will also be hosting a talk with Claire Pritchard Jones, award winning hair and make up designer on Sherlock on the second stage on Sunday at 10:30 am. The talk is free to attend. Do come & ask lots of questions!

We’ve put together some tips on surviving the convention here.

Looking forward to seeing you all next weekend!

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for a BAFTA Award

sherlockBenedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for a BAFTA Award for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. He is up for best actor alongside James Nesbitt (The Missing), Toby Jones (Marvellous) and Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies). This is Benedict’s third BAFTA nomination for Sherlock and his 6th BAFTA nomination overall.

Sherlock has been nominated for 4 BAFTA’s including the Radio Times Audience Award which is determined by public vote so please do vote!

The BAFTAs are announced on 10 May 2015.

Hamlet Cast Announced

Hamlet2The cast for Hamlet at the Barbican centre has been announced. Joining Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet will be Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, Rome, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Claudius, Anastasia Hille as Gertrude, Sian Brooke as Ophelia, Leo Bill as Horatio, Kobna Holdbrook Smith as Laertes and Jim Norton as Polonious.

Hamlet is directed by Olivier Award winning director Lyndsey Turner with design by ES Devlin. The piece will be scored by Jon Hopkins.

The production starts its run at the Barbican in August and is completely sold out. £10 tickets for every performance will be released nearer to the play opening. Hamlet will also be broadcast as part of NT Live and participating cinemas are on sale now.

In other news just in time for Easter a giant Benedict Cumberbatch has been made out of chocolate courtesy of UK TV Play!

Finally if you want to get a photo of yourself with Benedict Cumberbatch at Sherlocked its your last chance. Photos of Benedict on the 221B set and a group shot featuring Benedict, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott and Louise Brealey are the only remaining photos and now on-sale (Note that gold packages and above include a photo with Benedict).

Benedict Cumberbatch – News Round Up

9684a468-737f-4f5c-86d0-62a52e22ab09Benedict Cumberbatch appears at Letters Live next week. The event at Freemasons Hall in London runs from 31 March to 4 April 2015. Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing every night (alongside Sherlock co-star Louise Brealey). Also set to appear are Andrew Scott (Moriarty), Dominic West, Olivia Colman and many others. There are still some great seats left on the Friday and Saturday if you hurry! Letters Live have released some videos of Benedict reading letters from Alan Turing which you can see here.

It was announced yesterday that Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey have recorded a series of letters from My Dear Bessie for BBC Radio 4. The letters (between Chris Barker and Bessie Moore) first featured in Simon Garfield’s To the Letter and have gained immense popularity after being read aloud by Benedict and Louise at the Letters Live events. Broadcast details have not yet been announced.

Benedict is off to Shanghai on the 15th April to present the Laureus World Sport Awards – this is his second year presenting.

The guest list for Sherlocked keeps on growing. Joining Benedict (who is appearing on the Saturday of the event) is Rupert Graves (Lestrade), Andrew Scott (Moriarty), Una Stubbs (Mrs Hudson), Louise Brealey (Molly), Lara Pulver (Irene Adler), Lars Mikkelsen (Magnussen), Alistair Petrie (Major Sholto) and Jonathan Aris (Anderson). Co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat and executive producer Sue Vertue will also be in attendance. Benedict’s photo and talk are currently sold out but gold (and higher) packages are still available to buy.

Benedict appeared today at the re-burial of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. Benedict will be playing Richard III in the upcoming Hollow Crown series for the BBC and is a distant cousin of the king. At the service he read the poem Richard by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy which you can watch here.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey to appear in Letters Live

LLLetters Live returns to London for an ambitious 5 night residency at the beautiful Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden from 31 March to 4 April 2015.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey will be performing every night reading letters alongside a diverse array of world class performers, including luminaries from the stage, screen, music, art and literary worlds. The performers will not be announced in advance and every night will be unique!

Inspired by Letters of Note, the bestselling anthology compiled by Shaun Usher, and To the Letter by Simon Garfield, Letters Live is a series of curated, live events that celebrate the enduring power of literary correspondence.

You can buy tickets for Letters Live from Ticketmaster

You may recall Benedict has taken part in Letters Live events previously appearing at the first event in 2013 and more recently at the Hay Festival. You can see our videos from that event here.

Letters Live supports the literacy charities The Reading Agency, First Story and Ministry of Stories.

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