2013 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…
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.
Finally in January Benedict was named guest director of the Cambridge Science Festival.
During 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.
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
We wrote a little introduction to the main characters in the Star Trek universe
Meanwhile Benedict was named the hunkiest man in the UK by The Sun.
Benedict also appeared with Chris Pine on the Graham Norton show
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.
July 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
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
July ended with the revelation that Lars Mikkelson would be starring as the new villain Charles Augustus Magnussen in Sherlock
The 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
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
Benedict started filming The Imitation Game in which he is set to appear as Alan Turing
A new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released in which Smaug was heard for the first time
While on his promotional tour Benedict took place in a hugely entertaining Reddit AMA
The first production still from Sherlock series 3 was released by the BBC
A new trailer for Sherlock: Sherlock Lives was released by the BBC
New behind the scenes images from Sherlock were released by the BBC
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.
December started with Benedict landing the cover of GQ Magazine
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released worldwide and Benedict took part in a number of junket interviews promoting the film
Finally 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.