2016 has been it’s fair to say a bit of a mixed bag. With a combination of terrible world events and the somewhat unrelenting celebrity deaths which saw several of my heroes and the world’s biggest icons taken well before their time it’s a year I’ll be glad to see the back of! Still Cumberbatchweb went from strength to strength in 2016 and it was fun to take part in the Sherlocked event this year which saw me interviewing Sherlock’s composers Michael Price and David G Arnold as well as Benedict’s parents Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton.
Luckily for Benedict it was also another fantastic year for him personally!
The year began with Sherlock The Abominable Bride airing and being another smash ratings hit. Benedict’s appearance in the special was subsequently nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and an Emmy Award.
In February Benedict picked up a What’s on Stage Award for best actor for his performance in Hamlet at the Barbican the previous summer. He was also nominated for an Olivier Award for best actor (an honour he had won previously for Frankenstein at the National Theatre (shared with Jonny Lee Miller). Benedict’s new film project The Current War was announced. The project (which has recently begun filming) will star Benedict as Thomas Edison opposite Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse.
March saw the release of Black Mass (starring Johnny Depp as infamous gangster Whitey Bulger) released on dvd. Benedict played Whitey’s brother.
In April Doctor Strange finished filming with a sequence in New York which saw the shoot surrounded by paps.
Benedict went straight from filming Strange to filming the fourth series of Sherlock which is due to start airing tomorrow night on BBC One with The Six Thatchers. He also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to present the first trailer for Doctor Strange.
May saw The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses airing on BBC 2 with Benedict appearing in Henry VI Part II and putting in a superb turn in Richard III.
July saw Benedict appearing at San Diego Comic Con to promote Doctor Strange and the new series of Sherlock. Benedict turned 40 in July and to mark the occasion we bought back our annual fundraiser which saw Benedict’s fans worldwide band together to raise a stunning £24,000 for the charities Refugee Support Network, MOAS and Lesvos Solidarity. August saw the announcement that Benedict was to star in Rogue Male. The film will be produced by Benedict’s production company SunnyMarch Limited.
In September Sherlock The Abominable Bride won best TV Movie at the Emmy Awards and Benedict appeared at the official Sherlock convention Sherlocked.
October saw the release of Doctor Strange. With fantastic reviews the film opened far stronger than predicted and so far has grossed $657 million worldwide making it Marvel’s 7th biggest box office hit overall (beating both Thor movies, Ant Man and Iron Man (1 and 2)). Doctor Strange is also Marvel’s biggest single character opener. It was a huge success for Benedict and there is encouraging talk of a sequel. Benedict also hosted Saturday Night Live.
The year finished off with lots of promo for Sherlock series 4 and Benedict has just started to film The Current War. Here’s to an even more excellent 2017 for Benedict and all of us!