2014 was another really quite extraordinary year for Benedict Cumberbatch. The list of highlights is impressive – starring in the most watched drama of the past decade, winning an Emmy Award, landing his own Marvel franchise, selling out a run of Hamlet at the Barbican Centre an entire year in advance and landing some of the best notices of his career along with a clutch of award nominations for his incredible turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Not to mention on a personal level getting engaged to his fiancée Sophie Hunter.
Here’s a brief look at Benedict’s year in review:
January started off with a bang with the return of Sherlock. Sherlock series 3 consisted of three episodes – The Empty Hearse (which solved the infamous question of how Sherlock managed to jump off the roof of St Barts and survive), The Sign of Three (a dazzling one man show of an episode for Benedict where Sherlock solves an attempted murder at John Watson’s wedding while simultaneously trying to deliver a stirring best man speech) and His Last Vow which saw Sherlock and John go up against blackmailer extraordinaire Magnussen.
You can read our reviews here.
Sherlock achieved record viewing figures (12.7 million for The Empty Hearse) and was the most watched television drama in over a decade. It went on to win 7 Emmy Awards including best actor for Benedict and best supporting actor for Martin Freeman. Sherlock also featured on the front cover of popular US magazine Entertainment Weekly for the first time.
January also saw Benedict win best TV detective for his portrayal of Sherlock at the National Television Awards.
February saw Benedict appearing in Sesame Street with Count Von Count and Murray in The Sign of Four.
Benedict, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat also appeared at the Apple Store in Regent Street to discuss Sherlock. You can download the podcast of the event here.
Benedict attended his first ever convention appearing for a day at Starfury Events Sherlock convention Elementary Jonathan Aris (Anderson), Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper) and Lars Mikkelson (Magnussen) also attended). Over 850 fans from all over the world came to see Benedict at the event. You can read our transcript of Benedict’s talk at the event here.
February also saw Benedict appearing for BAFTA NY at their In Conversation event. You can watch the full hours talk here.
Benedict wrapped up February by recording the final ever episode of Cabin Pressure – Zurich, written by the very talented John Finnemore. An astonishing 22, 854 applications were received from the public for the 200 seats available to watch the recording.
Benedict kicked off March 2014 by appearing as a presenter at the Academy Awards. He had quite the memorable event – epically photobombing U2 on the red carpet, presenting an award with Jennifer Garner and appearing on stage with his fellow 12 Years a Slave cast members after the film won best the best film Oscar.
In March it was confirmed that Benedict would be portraying Hamlet in a production directed by Lyndsey Turner for the Barbican Centre from August to October 2015.
It was also confirmed that Benedict would be appearing as Richard III in a new series of Hollow Crown films for BBC 2 – The Hollow Crown – The War of the Roses.
Benedict was nominated for a Golden Nymph Award for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock (sadly he didn’t go on to win).
Benedict appeared in BA Highlife Magazine and caused quite the scramble with people fighting to get their hands on copies of the magazine.
April rounded off with Time magazine naming Benedict one of the 100 most influential people in the world in a charming feature written by Colin Firth.
In May Benedict appeared at the legendary Met Gala in New York.
He also attended the Off Camera Plus film festival in Poland to support his short film Little Favour alongside fellow SunnyMarch Limited producers Adam Selves and Adam Ackland and co-star Nick Moran.
It was announced that Benedict was to star in an adaptation of The Yellow Birds directed by David Lowery and Black Mass – a crime thriller based on the life of James “Whitey” Bulger (played by Johnny Depp). Benedict plays Bulger’s brother.
Benedict was nominated for a Critics Choice Television Award for best actor.
Benedict appeared at two events at the Hay Festival – two “Letters Live” events at which Benedict (alongside other actors) read a series of letters written by a variety of people including Ted Hughes, Robert Scott and Kurt Vonnegut.
You can read our write up of the event and see our videos of the readings here.
June saw Benedict Cumberbatch appear on BBC Radio 4 as part of their coverage of the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings.
Benedict travelled to Boston to start filming his role as Billy Bulger in Black Mass
July saw the announcement that Sherlock would be returning for a one off special in 2015 (widely believed to be a Christmas special) and a 4th series in 2016.
July saw Benedict turn 38 and his fans were extraordinarily generous raising vast quantities of sums for charity in his honour. We ran our annual birthday fundraiser which resulted in £15,726 being raised for The Princes Trust. Fans all over the world decided to raise funds to honour Benedict’s birthday which resulted in a grand total of over £2800 being raised by fans across some 20+ projects for various charities including The Princes Trust and MND/ALS Association.
It was announced in July that Benedict would be getting his own waxwork at Madame Tussauds and that Benedict’s film The Imitation Game would be opening the London Film Festival as their opening night gala.
July finished with Benedict making his debut at San Diego Comic Con appearing on panels for The Penguins of Madagascar and The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies.
August saw tickets go on sale for Benedict in Hamlet at the Barbican Centre. Tickets for the entire run sold out within 7 hours of the show going on sale to the public with at one point some 35,000 people being in the on-line queue to get access. The Barbican have confirmed that 100 tickets will go on sale in 2015 for every performance priced at £10.
Benedict took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge having been challenged to do so by Tom Hiddleston amongst others.
Benedict landed a new role as Shere Khan in Jungle Book:Origins – a re-telling of Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel directed by Andy Serkis and featuring a mixture of live action and motion capture.
August saw Sherlock win a very impressive 7 Emmy Awards including best actor in a mini series or movie for Benedict and best supporting actor for Martin Freeman. It was a huge evening for the cast & crew of the show.
August came to an end with the world premiere of The Imitation Game at the Telluride film festival . The film debuted to universal raves from the critics.
September saw Benedict win actor of the year award from GQ magazine.
The Imitation Game premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to more stunning reviews and Benedict’s appearance on the red carpet drew huge crowds. You can see the press conference in full here.
Benedict also started filming his role as Richard III in the new Hollow Crown trilogy – The Hollow Crown – The War of the Roses.
The BBC released the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in the Hollow Crown.
Benedict also appeared on the cover of Time Out magazine promoting The Imitation Game.
The Imitation Game received its European premiere at the London Film Festival where it was the opening night gala.
In conjunction with the film’s release Benedict also took part in a twitter Q&A which you can read here.
Finally in October Benedict’s wax figure debuted at Madam Tussauds in London. Madame Tussauds teamed up with us and we were able to offer an exclusive competition giving 20 lucky fans the chance to see his figure before anyone else!
November saw Benedict nominated for a Moet British Independent Film Award for best actor for The Imitation Game. It was also announced that Benedict would be receiving the Variety Award at that event. The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.
The Imitation Game was released in the UK – read our review here.
Benedict won the Hollywood Actor award for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game at the Hollywood Film Awards.
He also gave a talk at BAFTA LA.
Benedict travelled to New York to promote the US release of The Imitation Game appearing on Live with Kelly and Michael, the Today show, Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
He also gave a talk at 92Y
Benedict appeared in a variety of publications as The Imitation Game was released and awards season hotted up. Interviews appeared in Elle, Flaunt and Out magazine. Benedict also appeared in some roundtable video interviews including this one for The Hollywood Reporter
The Penguins of Madagascar was released in the US. Benedict appears as Agent Classified – head of the North Wind. You can read our review here. Benedict also took part in a tumblr Q&A to promote the film.
Benedict was nominated for best actor at the Satellite Awards for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Benedict was named the most re-blogged celebrity on tumblr for the second year in a row.
In huge news Benedict was confirmed to have landed his own Marvel franchise. He will be playing Doctor Strange for the upcoming Marvel film from director Scott Derrickson.
Cabin Pressure set off on its final ever voyage as the two parter Zurich aired on BBC Radio 4.
December rounded off with Benedict being nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, a Critics Choice Award, a London Critics Circle Award and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Looking forward to 2015 all eyes are on the Oscar nominations which will be announced on 15 January 2015. Apart from the Oscars 2015 will see Benedict filming a Sherlock special and series 4. He’ll be shooting the first Doctor Strange film and will be starring as Hamlet in the hugely anticipated sold out production at the Barbican Centre. 2015 may see The Lost of City of Z and The Yellow Birds commence filming and Black Mass should be released.
So here’s to a killer 2015 and thank you so much to all of our readers for making this an amazing 2014 for the site.