Benedict Cumberbatch – Year in Review- 2013

Xmas2013 was another extraordinary year for Benedict Cumberbatch- with four films released in cinemas (including starring roles in Star Trek Into Darkness and The Fifth Estate), new radio productions including Cabin Pressure, Copenhagen and Neverwhere, awards and sexiest man titles galore. His appearance at the Toronto Film Festival lead to 2013 being dubbed “the year of the Cumberbatch!”

2014 looks set to be equally exciting with the release of 12 Years a Slave and August Osage County in the UK, new Cabin Pressure, the release of The Imitation Game and the return of Benedict to the West End stage in a new production of Hamlet in September 2014.

Here’s a few highlights of the year…


rsz1January kicked off with the recording of new episodes of Cabin Pressure written by John Finnemore in which Benedict Cumberbatch appears as Captain Martin Crieff

We were lucky enough to attend and our report and photos from the event are on the site. 

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for a National Television Award for best actor for his role as Sherlock (Colin Morgan won for his portrayal of Merlin)

Copenhagen aired on BBC Radio 3. An adaptation of Michael Frayn’s play about the controversial 1941 meeting between physicists Bohr and Heisenberg – Benedict Cumberbatch (Heisenberg), Greta Scacchi and Simon Russell Beale (Bohr) starred.

MTV did an article on Benedict and his fanbase which included quotes from us here at Cumberbatchweb!

Finally in January Benedict was named guest director of the Cambridge Science Festival.


rszDuring the Super Bowl in the US Star Trek into Darkness which stars Benedict as Khan landed a coveted trailer spot

Star Trek into Darkness landed on the cover of Entertainment Weekly

Benedict appeared briefly in The Simpsons playing a riff on Hugh Grant’s Prime Minister character from Love Actually and Alan Rickman as Severus Snape!

February saw the announcement that Benedict would be starring as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and that a new full cast radio production of Neverwhere would start to air in March with Benedict playing the Angel Islington.


Benedict_Cumberbatch_and_the_cast_of_Neverwhere___first_photo_and_air_date_revealed15974Parades End with Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall started airing in the US in March on HBO and was met with great critical acclaim.

The Fifth Estate (starring Benedict as Julian Assange) wrapped filming and Sherlock series 3 started production

Prior to the Cambridge science festival starting Benedict recorded a podcast with the Naked Scientists

Neverwhere starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington and an extraordinary cast including Christopher Lee, Bernard Cribbins and James McAvoy started airing on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Parades End won best tv drama at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards and Benedict Cumberbatch was named best actor at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards for his roles as Sherlock and Christopher Tietjens in Parades End


1The UK box office for Star Trek Into Darkness opened causing server meltdowns as fans clamoured to buy tickets.

We wrote a little introduction to the main characters in the Star Trek universe

Sherlock series 3 continued filming while promotion ramped up for Star Trek into Darkness with posters and trailers being released

Meanwhile Benedict was named the hunkiest man in the UK by The Sun.



CrimsonMay saw the release of Star Trek into Darkness in the UK with the world premiere being held in the UK 

You can read our review here and see a variety of junket interviews here

Benedict also appeared with Chris Pine on the Graham Norton show

Star Trek into Darkness premiered in New York and Benedict appeared on Jimmy Fallon, the Today show and Late Night with David Letterman to promote the film. 

Caitlin Moran featured Benedict in a profile in The Times

New production company SunnyMarch launched a fundraiser for Little Favour which met its funding target in days

Our fundraiser for Myeloma UK for Benedict’s birthday was launched at the end of May


June saw the release of the first poster of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Sherlock series 3 continued to film.


BC1July saw Benedict Cumberbatch appear on Top Gear as the star in the reasonably priced car

Our birthday fundraiser for Myeloma UK closed with the fans raising an extraordinary £15,182 for the charity.

Benedict went to Japan to promote Star Trek Into Darkness where he received a hero’s welcome. Benedict was met by approximately 1000 fans many of whom had camped overnight at the airport to meet him. Benedict’s arrival was livestreamed on the web and you can see the footage of his arrival from his own phone here

BCBenedict attended a press conference in Tokyo which can be viewed on our videos page 

On the way he stopped off at The Worlds End premiere in New Zealand

In July was nominated for an Emmy award for best actor in a mini series or movie for his role as Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End.

The first Sherlock panel was held at San Diego Comic Con with Benedict and Martin appearing in a special video

The Toronto film festival announced that three films featuring Benedict Cumberbatch would be appearing at the festival – August Osage County , 12 Years a Slave and The Fifth Estate which was the opening night film

Finally Benedict sent a message via the site to thank everyone who raised money for Myeloma UK as part of his birthday fundraiser.

July ended with the revelation that Lars Mikkelson would be starring as the new villain Charles Augustus Magnussen in Sherlock  


SherlockThe BBC released the first teaser for Sherlock series 3

It was announced that Benedict would be appearing in the animated film The Penguins of Madagascar as a high ranking CIA agent on the trail of John Malkovich’s penguin villain.

Burlesque Fairytales – a short featuring Benedict Cumberbatch was made available to rent 

Sherlock series 3 continued filming in London with hundreds and hundreds of fans showing up to watch the filming  

tumblr_mrhafoz4b31r7t3s6o1_1280The new poster for The Fifth Estate was released exclusively via the site  

Finally Benedict was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine 



A new trailer was released by the BBC featuring snippets of Sherlock series 3

Star Trek Into Darkness was released in the UK on dvd  

It was announced that Benedict is set to play explorer Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z based on David Grann’s bestselling book

The Year of the Cumberbatch launched at the Toronto Film Festival 

THRBenedict featured on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter which dubbed him part of the new Hollywood A List

Benedict started filming The Imitation Game in which he is set to appear as Alan Turing 5

A teaser trailer for Little Favour was released



A new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released in which Smaug was heard for the first time

Benedict was named sexiest male actor in the world by Empire Magazine

The Fifth Estate was released in the UK and US 

Benedict appeared on the Graham Norton show (alongside Harrison Ford) to promote the film as well as Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America

RedditWhile on his promotional tour Benedict took place in a hugely entertaining Reddit AMA 

Benedict appeared in the US edition of Esquire in a new photoshoot 

TimeBenedict had the honour of appearing on the cover of Time magazine  

12 Years a Slave premiered at the BFI London Film Festival  




The first production still from Sherlock series 3 was released by the BBC

1In November Benedict was honoured with a BAFTA Los Angeles Brittania Award for best british actor of the year

A new trailer for Sherlock: Sherlock Lives was released by the BBC

New behind the scenes images from Sherlock were released by the BBC Series-3

John Watson’s blog was back with new entries 

The Sherlock series 3 premiere date was revealed as 1 January 2014 with a terribly clever promotional stunt where the release date was revealed in flowers on the side of a hearse.


GQDecember started with Benedict landing the cover of GQ Magazine  

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered in LA  and Benedict took part in a twitter Q&A

The BBC released new images from Sherlock series 3 along with a brand new trailer and interactive trailer

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released worldwide and Benedict took part in a number of junket interviews promoting the film 

In December appeared at the Letters Live event with Gillian Anderson, Nick Cave, James Rhodes & others (photos)

BFIFinally Sherlock The Empty Hearse premiered at the BFI. Fans from all over the world attended the venue simply to get a glimpse of the stars with some fans having queued for over 48 hours in an attempt to get tickets.

Sherlock The Empty Hearse premieres on New Year’s Day at 9:00 p.m. on BBC1.