Last weekend Benedict Cumberbatch appeared at two sold out events at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts. Appearing in the Letters of of Note events Benedict read letters from people as diverse as Iggy Pop, Ted Hughes, Robert Scott and Kurt Vonnegut as well as letters from serviceman Chris Barker to his sweetheart Bessie Moore during World War II.
You can read our write up of the event including all of Benedict’s readings (in either audio or video) here.
We also took a number of photos which you can see in our galleries.
This year to celebrate Benedict’s birthday Benedict has chosen two wonderful charities for fans to support.
The Princes Trust is a youth charity which helps disadvantaged young people get their lives back on track. Follow @PrincesTrust on twitter for more details.
Benedict is an ambassador for The Princes Trust Our fundraiser for them is doing wonderfully well with over £4000 raised already! Look out for a signed poster competition on twitter next week as a thank you for your incredible generosity.
To donate to our fundraiser for The Princes Trust go here. You can donate no matter where in the world you are.
Don’t forget if you’re in the UK you can also text your donation by sending the code BCPT73 and the amount you want to donate (£1 £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070. Every single penny is very greatly appreciated.
In addition Benedict has also chosen to support MND Association in a US themed fundraiser for his American fans. MND is working with their American colleagues at The ALS Association to raise funds. Benedict is also a longstanding ambassador for MND Association ever since appearing in Hawking To donate go here and follow @mndassoc and @mndvipteam for details.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for a Critics Choice Television Award for best actor in a mini series or movie for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the episode His Last Vow. He is nominated alongside Martin Freeman who has been nominated for best actor for his work in Fargo. Benedict previously won the award back in 2012 for Sherlock. Sherlock was also nominated for best movie for His Last Vow and Martin Freeman (John Watson) and Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan) were nominated for best supporting actor and actress in a mini series or movie respectively.
The Critics Choice Television Awards are announced on the 19th June. The ceremony will be broadcast live on The CW network.
In other news the on-sale dates for Hamlet have been announced by the Barbican. Benedict will be playing Hamlet at the Barbican for a 12 week run from next August. Those with red memberships at the Barbican can book tickets from 1st August at 10:00 a.m. Orange members may book from the 4th August with tickets going on sale to the general public on 11 August 2014. During the priority period the Barbican will accept phone and on-line bookings only. Tickets are limited to 6 per household across all performances and to prevent touts photo ID will be required with the lead bookers name being printed on the tickets.
Benedict Cumberbatch is to star with Johnny Depp in an as yet untitled film about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger.
The film is based on Black Mass: The True Story of an unholy alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton, Warrior) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Benedict will play Billy Bulger, a career politician and brother of Depp’s Whitey Bulger. Benedict reportedly replaces Australian actor Guy Pearce on the project. The project is directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and co-stars Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Corey Stoll (House of Cards, The Strain), Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher, The Girl), Dakota Johnson (50 Shades) and Julianne Nicholson (August Osage County). The project began principal photography this week.
In other news The Penguins of Madagascar in which Benedict plays a CIA Agent called “Classified” has had its release date bumped up to 26 November 2014 in the US.
Benedict appeared at the Chelsea flower show this week with his mother Wanda Ventham. You can see photos of their appearance in our galleries and can catch their interview on iplayer here.
This week Benedict also attended a dinner thrown by the Duke of Cambridge to celebrate the work of the Royal Marsden and the first anniversary gala of the Park Theatre at which he also gave a lovely interview.
A second date for Letters Live at the Hay Festival featuring Benedict Cumberbatch has been added. Benedict wil be appearing at Letters Live on Friday 30th May at 4pm. Tickets cost £15. (Please note that the Saturday event featuring Benedict and Louise Brealey is now sold out).
Finally our fundraiser for The Princes Trust in honour of Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday is doing well with over £2400 raised already. Please do give what you can. It’s greatly appreciated. To donate by text (UK) send the code BCPT73 and the amount you want to donate (£1 £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070
Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday is 2 months today on the 19th July so it seemed a good time to launch our annual fundraiser in honour of his birthday.
Each year instead of buying Benedict presents or cards we encourage people to donate to a charity of his choice. The first year we raised £10,000 for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Last year we raised £15,000 for Myeloma UK. This year at Benedict’s request we are raising funds for The Princes Trust.
You can donate to the fundraiser here
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Benedict is an ambassador for the charity.
You can donate no matter where in the world you are. Justgiving accepts paypal (any issues opt to pay in sterling). It’s also really important to note that unlike other donation sites the money goes direct to the charity. It doesn’t go to me- I can’t touch a penny so you can give in complete confidence that the charity is receiving the money.
If you want to donate by text you can do so by sending the code BCPT73 and the amount you want to donate (£1 £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070
So if you want to send £2 just send the following message BCPT73 £2 to 70070
Every single penny matters and is SO appreciated.
Don’t forget to leave your birthday message for Benedict in the comments when you donate!
The Cumbercollective has always been extraordinarily gracious and generous and I can’t wait to see how much we raise this year.
It has been announced at Cannes that Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing in Iraq war drama The Yellow Birds, an adaptation of Kevin Powers novel about two young soldiers who are taken under the wing of an older sergeant.
Will Poulter (We’re the Millers) and Tye Sheridan (Mud) will star as the young soldiers. Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Sergeant Sterling. The project is being directed by David Lowery (Ain’t them Bodies Saints).
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch has been given a UK release date of 14 November 2014. Released by Studio Canal UK The Imitation Game tells the story of the life of cryptographer Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is considered to be the father of modern computing and who was a key figure in the breaking of the Enigma code during World War II.
The Imitation Game also stars Keira Knightley and Mark Strong and will be released in the UK on 14 November and the US on 21 November 2014.
In other news Off Plus Camera film festival have made available for viewing the Little Favour Q&A which took place last weekend with Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Moran, Adam Selves and Adam Ackland. You can watch it on our Little Favour videos page.
Benedict Cumberbatch made an appearance at this year’s Met Gala on 5 May 2014. The gala is a huge fundraising event curated by Vogue editor Anna Wintour to raise money for the Metropolitan Musuem. The theme was white tie and Benedict’s appearance at the event saw him listed on several best dressed lists with Anna Wintour herself proclaiming that he nailed the theme.
You can see Benedict being interviewed at the event here and see photos from the gala in our galleries.
Benedict also attended the Off Plus Camera film festival in Poland this weekend to promote his short film Little Favour. Accompanied by co-star Nick Moran and fellow Sunny March Limited producers Adam Ackland and Adam Selves Benedict attended a screening of Little Favour and answered questions on the film. Benedict was surprised with an award for supporting independent film. You can see part of his acceptance speech here.
Photos of Benedict arriving at the event and attending the festival have been added to our galleries.
In other news Benedict is scheduled to appear at a sold out Letters Live event at the Hay Festival on Saturday 31 May 2014. You can see photos from Benedict’s previous Letters Live event here.
Benedict and his wonderful mother Wanda Ventham will also be appearing on BBC2 later this month (19 May) as part of the judging team at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Finally the charity for this year’s birthday fundraiser has been chosen and it’s the Princes Trust. Look for the fundraising page coming soon.
Time magazine have named Benedict Cumberbatch as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Described as “alarmingly talented” Benedict’s entry, wittily written by Colin Firth is glowing about Benedict’s attributes as an actor ending with the missive that “he must be stopped“.
The news was greeted with joy by the internet which prompted this piece from Time which quotes our Cumberbatchweb twitter among others.
Benedict appears in the artists section alongside 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and this year’s Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey.
Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on the cover of Time magazine in October 2013.
Time magazine is on sale from tomorrow and is available to buy internationally. If you would like a copy featuring Benedict’s name on the cover you will need the edition featuring Jason Collins. The content of the issues are the same. Single copies can be purchased from Newsstand.
Congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who has been nominated for a Golden Nymph Award for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. Benedict has previously won two Golden Nymph Awards previously for his roles in To the Ends of the Earth and Hawking.
Sherlock has also been nominated for a Golden Nymph Award for best series.
The awards will be announced in June.
It has been announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Richard III in a new BBC TV film to air on BBC 2. The series is by Neal Street Productions who were behind last years Hollow Crown series. Richard III will be directed by Dominic Cooke who had previously directed Benedict in Rhinceros in 2007 at the Royal Court Theatre.
Commenting on his new role Benedict Cumberbatch said: “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life.”
Pippa Harris of Neal Street Productions said: “Neal Street Productions worked with Benedict on both ‘Stuart: A Life Backwards’ for the BBC, and the film ‘Starter for Ten.’ His range and dexterity as an actor make him the perfect choice to bring one of Shakespeare’s towering characters to television.”
Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama, said: “Only BBC drama can provide talent with such a diverse range of quality roles to showcase their work, and I’m thrilled to welcome back Benedict Cumberbatch, who is one of the world’s most brilliant and in-demand actors.”
Richard III will air on BBC Two. We’ve put together a guide to Hamlet (which Benedict is appearing in at the Barbican next year) and Richard III if you’d like to brush up on your Shakespeare.
In other news Benedict is currently appearing in BA Highlife – the magazine free on BA flights. You can download the magazine on ipad here and we’ve also added the magazine and behind the scenes photos to our gallery. Do check out Benedict’s guide to London as well as his favourite places around the world.
Finally please note that Benedict Cumberbatch does not have an official fan club nor is there any intent to start one in the future. Please be wary of people seeking “membership fees” from you- such a club has not been endorsed by Benedict Cumberbatch or his team.