It has been announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Richard III in a new BBC TV film to air on BBC 2. The series is by Neal Street Productions who were behind last years Hollow Crown series. Richard III will be directed by Dominic Cooke who had previously directed Benedict in Rhinceros in 2007 at the Royal Court Theatre.
Commenting on his new role Benedict Cumberbatch said: “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life.”
Pippa Harris of Neal Street Productions said: “Neal Street Productions worked with Benedict on both ‘Stuart: A Life Backwards’ for the BBC, and the film ‘Starter for Ten.’ His range and dexterity as an actor make him the perfect choice to bring one of Shakespeare’s towering characters to television.”
Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama, said: “Only BBC drama can provide talent with such a diverse range of quality roles to showcase their work, and I’m thrilled to welcome back Benedict Cumberbatch, who is one of the world’s most brilliant and in-demand actors.”
Richard III will air on BBC Two. We’ve put together a guide to Hamlet (which Benedict is appearing in at the Barbican next year) and Richard III if you’d like to brush up on your Shakespeare.
In other news Benedict is currently appearing in BA Highlife – the magazine free on BA flights. You can download the magazine on ipad here and we’ve also added the magazine and behind the scenes photos to our gallery. Do check out Benedict’s guide to London as well as his favourite places around the world.
Finally please note that Benedict Cumberbatch does not have an official fan club nor is there any intent to start one in the future. Please be wary of people seeking “membership fees” from you- such a club has not been endorsed by Benedict Cumberbatch or his team.
Benedict Cumberbatch hosted the Laureus World Sport Awards this week in Kuala Lumpur. You can see the highlights of the awards courtesy of Laureus here.
We’ve added photos of Benedict hosting the awards and appearing at the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifiers to our galleries.
In addition we’ve added some recent magazines featuring Benedict to the galleries including his appearances in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and GQ Style magazine.
It has been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Hamlet next Summer at the Barbican Centre for 12 weeks. The play will be directed by Olivier Award nominated director Lyndsey Turner whose most recent work was the stunning Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre.
Hamlet will be produced by Sonia Friedman who called Benedict “one of the most gifted actors of his generation“.
“I’m thrilled to be producing Hamlet with Lyndsey and Benedict, and we are all delighted that the magnificent Barbican has agreed to present the show,” Friedman said.
Hamlet will mark Benedict’s return to the stage after his Olivier Award winning turn in Frankenstein at the National Theatre where he alternated roles with Jonny Lee Miller. Benedict is no stranger to Shakespeare having previously appeared in Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labours Lost at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.
Hamlet will run for 12 weeks from August to October 2015. Further booking details will be revealed by the Barbican in May 2014.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing at Oz Comic Con. He will be appearing in both Adelaide & Sydney on 5th & 6th April and 12th & 13th April respectively. VIP tickets to both events sold out in less than 5 minutes but other tickets are available at the site.
Benedict was recently interviewed by the New York Times and you can read the interview here.
Benedict and Alice Eve appear in a new photoshoot for GQ Style magazine which is on sale now.
Benedict has also voiced a new ad for Jaguar.
Finally if you enjoyed Benedict photobombing U2 at the Oscars you can now see the video of it!
Benedict Cumberbatch appeared at the Academy Awards on 2 March in Los Angeles. Along with Jennifer Garner Benedict presented the Academy Award for best production design to Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby.
Benedict had quite the memorable Academy Awards – epically photobombing Bono and U2 and appearing in a selfie with host Ellen and Chiwetel Ejiofor. He was interviewed on the red carpet by E, Associated Press and The Ellen Show among others and he mentioned he was in preparation for his new role in The Lost City of Z.
12 Years a Slave (in which Benedict appears as slave owner William Ford) won three Academy Awards at the event – best adapted screenplay for John Ridley, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o who gave a beautiful acceptance speech that had most of the audience in tears, and best film.
The evening ended marvellously with an ecstatic Steve McQueen leaping around on stage after winning best film to the complete delight of his cast.
You can see photos from the event in our galleries.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been announced as a presenter at the Oscars this coming Sunday. The very starry line up of presenters includes Harrison Ford, Angelina Jolie, Bill Murray, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson.
In the UK the Oscars can be viewed on Sky Movies Oscars on Sunday night.
On Sunday 23rd February Benedict recorded his final ever episode of Cabin Pressure – the brilliantly clever BBC Radio 4 comedy series written by the terrifically talented John Finnemore.
Benedict plays Captain Martin Crieff in the series. There was barely a dry eye in the house as Finnemore emotionally addressed the packed crowd afterwards(there were over 22,000 applications for 200 seats). The show is apparently set to air at Christmas and you can see our photos from the recording in our galleries. You can catch up on series 1-3 of Cabin Pressure in this cd set.
Last week Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in New York for an “In conversation” event with BAFTA New York.
“In Conversation” is a planned series of interviews which will explore the career achievements and recollections of an array of British actors, directors, screenwriters, and practitioners in all areas of film and television. Benedict kicked off the series in style speaking about his career in front of a packed audience of BAFTA members.
BAFTA New York were kind enough to record the interview and you can see the full hours talk here. Benedict also did short videos introducing the series and announcing the fan sourced question he had chosen to answer at the talk – which to my immense surprise turned out to be a question I’d submitted!
You can also see photos from the event in our gallery.
Last weekend Benedict Cumberbatch appeared at the UK’s first convention for fans of Sherlock run by Starfury Events. Over 850 people from around the world came to the event to see Benedict and his fellow guests which included Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper), Lars Mikkelsen (Magnussen) and Jonathan Aris (Anderson).
You can read a transcript of Benedict’s talk at the convention and see our photos from the event here.
In other news Cabin Pressure – the extraordinary BBC Radio 4 comedy series written by the hugely talented John Finnemore which features Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin Crieff broke records this week when 22,854 applications were received for tickets to be in the audience for the last recording.Its the highest number of requests for a single recording of a radio show in BBC history!
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat all took part in a Sherlock: Meet the Filmmakers Q&A at the Apple Store in Regent’s Street yesterday.
Moderated by Heat’s Boyd Hilton they appeared in front of a capacity crowd to answer questions on Sherlock series 3. The panel revealed such gems as the fact that the drunken stag do in The Sign of Three originally contained Sherlock and John in a gay bar with Sherlock confused as to why the men were topless, Benedict getting an inappropriate fit of the giggles when Magnussen was “flicking” John in His Last Vow as Martin’s skull kept making an odd noise & Benedict drowning with work on The Sign of Three while Martin and Amanda played Give us a Clue with Una Stubbs.
The podcast is now available via itunes and you can see our photos from the event here.
Meanwhile PBS have released Benedict Cumberbatch and The Sign of Four which shows Benedict coming up against his arch nemesis Sesame Street character Murray-arty. Thankfully he has the Count Von Count to come to his aid. You can see press photos promoting the appearance here.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be making an appearance on Sesame Street! He is pictured here with two of Sesame Street’s characters – Count Von Count and Murray.
Benedict is following in the footsteps of Tom Hiddleston who also made an appearance last year teaching Cookie Monster the importance of delayed gratification.