On Tuesday Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. Cumberbatchweb was in attendance along with 20 lucky fans who had won our competition with Madame Tussauds to be the first in the world to see the figure. You can see our exclusive photos from the event here. You can see some video from the press launch here (including a brief interview with myself and competition winners Lauren and Charlie) and Madame Tussauds have put up a brilliant making of video here.
It was hugely exciting to see Benedict’s figure unveiled. As I commented:
“It is absolutely fantastic, I have had people starting petitions to get Madame Tussauds London to feature him for a long time, and now he’s here I think it will definitely be a huge attraction for fans. People will come and see him from all over the world – it’s marvellous.”
Benedict was closely involved in the creation process and is hoping to come and visit his likeness very soon. He has, however, seen photographs of the finished figure and is impressed by the results, commenting: “I’m excited to see the finished, perfect, waxy me although slightly terrified… The work is so detailed it’s going to feel a little uncomfortable and surreal seeing what I really look like!” Cumberbatch added, “But being so involved in the entire creation process and working so closely with the team at Madame Tussauds London was a phenomenal experience and really opened my eyes to the artistry that goes into the making of each figure. I just wish it could take selfies and sign autographs!”
Benedict’s figure is the latest British star to join the attraction’s A-list line up, and will take up residence alongside fellow Brits Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, as well as a host of Hollywood names from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp.
Find out more about the full line up at Madame Tussauds London and book ahead to be the first to meet Benedict Cumberbatch at www.madametussauds.com/London.
Our review of the superb The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, has now been added to the site.
Last week Benedict also took part in a twitter Q&A on @imitationgameUK answering fan questions. You can read all his answers from that session on our site here.
Finally some of our photos of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and the cast of The Imitation Game on stage at the BFI London Film Festival last week have been added to the galleries.
The BFI London Film Festival kicked off in style on Wednesday 8th October with a screening of The Imitation Game. The stunning biopic featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as cryptographer and father of modern computing Alan Turing was met with a fantastic response from the crowd which included some of Turing’s family. Benedict was in attendance at the gala walking the (very rainy) red carpet with leading lady Keira Knightley. Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Alex Lawther and Allen Leech were also in attendance.
You can see videos of the red carpet, Benedict’s incredibly touching introduction to the screening and the full Imitation Game press conference on our videos page.
Photos of the red carpet (including some stunning black and white shots) have also been added to the site (forgive us – the galleries are a work in progress).
We were in attendance at the premiere (thank you so much Studio Canal for inviting us) and look out for our review and photos from the screening coming this weekend.
The BBC today released the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III from the upcoming The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses from Neal Street Productions. The new series of films (which are set to air on BBC 2 in 2016) will comprise Henrv VI Part I and II and Richard III. Benedict will be appearing in Henry VI Part II and Richard III. It was announced today that Andrew Scott (best known as Moriarty in Sherlock) will be appearing in Henry VI Part II and Richard III as King Louis.
Also appearing in Richard III are Judi Dench as Richard’s mother, Keeley Hawes as Queen Elizabeth, Ben Daniels as Buckingham, James Fleet as Hastings and Phoebe Fox as Lady Anne.
In other news Benedict is on the front of this week’s Time Out magazine promoting The Imitation Game which opens the London Film Festival next week. You can read the interview on-line here and we have a competition to win 1 of 50 copies kindly provided by Time Out here.
Benedict starting work this week filming the new Hollow Crown series for BBC 2. The series consists of Henry VI Parts 1 and II and Richard III. Benedict will play Richard III. Judi Dench, Keeley Hawes and Sophie Okenedo are also set to star. The films are set to be screened on BBC 2 in 2016.
In other news the first poster for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing has arrived. The Imitation Game recently has a triumphant premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is due to premiere at the London Film Festival on 8th October. Hit the jump to see the new poster
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The Imitation Game has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to standing ovations and great critical acclaim. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in the biopic alongside Keira Knightley. Benedict and Keira were in Toronto to promote the film alongside director Morten Tyldum and co-stars Allen Leech and Matthew Goode.
You can see a variety of interviews from TIFF including the full press conference on our videos page. Our correspondent Gabrielle also saw the film in Toronto and has provided a review for us.
Various photos of Benedict at TIFF have been added to our galleries (please note due to technical issues our galleries cannot upload new pictures at the moment – while we look at alternatives we’re having to go a little old school with new pictures)
In other news Benedict took home the award for best actor at the TV Choice Awards this week for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. As he could not attend as he was at TIFF his parents collected the award on his behalf. Sherlock also won best TV Drama.
Fresh from his Emmy win last week Benedict Cumberbatch has been granted another accolade – that of actor of the year by GQ Magazine.
Accepting the award from Dan Stevens Benedict commented “This is wonderful. I’d like to thank James McAvoy for not being available. But seriously, it’s an embarrassment of riches.”
Photos of Benedict at the GQ Awards have been added to the galleries.
You can also see images of Benedict from the GQ Awards issue (on sale Thursday or via devices now) on our tumblr.
A video of Benedict discussing his recent Emmy win has been added to our video interviews page.
Benedict also recently discussed Hamlet with Baz Bamigboye of the Mail.
Finally photos of Benedict at a screening of The Guest (which stars Dan Stevens) have been added to the galleries.
The National Theatre are offering the opportunity to win afternoon tea with Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott (Moriarty) at the Club at the Ivy!
National Theatre Young Patrons are running an online competition in aid of supporting emerging talent at the National Theatre. By supporting the NT as a registered charity, participants will be making a difference for the young directors, writers, actors and designers that make the exciting theatre we enjoy today. Talent at the NT goes beyond the action seen on stage, the talent fostered by the NT work across areas including set-design, prop-making, and literary, all creating groundbreaking work which has an impact across the theatre world.
The prize will include the opportunity for a lucky winner and their guest to attend afternoon tea at The Club at The Ivy, London, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott.
To enter the competition, participants will need to make a donation of £20, between 1 – 16 September. Entrants into the raffle must be UK residents over the age of 16 and the prize is for 2 people. You can if you wish enter the raffle up to 20 times.
Streaming service We are Colony have kindly given us an exclusive Colony trailer/Behind the scenes clip for Third Star.
Written by Vaughn Sivell and directed by Hattie Dalton Third Star features Benedict Cumberbatch as James, a terminally ill man who takes a roadtrip to Barafundle Bay along with his friends. Co-starring Adam Robertson, JJ Feild (Captain America) and Tom Burke (The Three Musketeers) Third Star by Western Edge pictures is a beautiful tale of friendship and loss.
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as cryptographer and computer scientist Alan Turing has had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.
It has opened to absolutely rave reviews with Benedict’s performance being described as “one of the best performances of the year” with many critics suggesting that the role could see Cumberbatch nominated for an Oscar.
You can read a round up of the reviews from Telluride here.
The Imitation Game screens next at Toronto International Film Festival before being screened at the London Film Festival where it is the opening night gala.
In other news Benedict popped into Madame Tussauds last week to check on the progress of his wax work. You can see photos from his visit in our galleries.
We have also added photos of the posters for Hamlet to the galleries.