Benedict Cumberbatch and Social Media

BAaPlease note that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t on any form of social media. He doesn’t have a twitter or Facebook account. He isn’t on Tumblr or Weibo or any other form of social media. Anyone claiming to be Benedict on any of these sites is a fake.

There are lots of different fan Facebooks and twitter accounts (none are official) and that’s wonderful but Benedict himself isn’t on social media at all.

Please be careful with who you speak to on-line. Be safety conscious – don’t give out your personal details including your mobile number to strangers and please don’t ever agree to meet someone you don’t know. The person may not be who they seem and it will NEVER be Benedict.

You can always contact the webmistress if you have questions about any particular account by contacting [email protected]

Sherlock to return for a special and brand new series

Sherlock1BBC One announced today via twitter that Sherlock would be returning with both a special and three brand new episodes! The special (widely assumed to be a Christmas special) will start filming in January 2015 and will pick up where the end of His Last Vow left off – with the shocking re-appearance of Moriarty.

After the briefest of exiles, Sherlock came back only to face one of his biggest mysteries yet. Why is Moriarty’s face being broadcast on every television in the land?

The new series will then film in late 2015. The news was greeted with delight on twitter with the hashtag #221Back trending at number one worldwide.

Mark Gatiss stated “Series Four! At last ! It’s always special to return to Sherlock but this time it’s even more special as we’re doing… a Special! Not only THAT, we’ll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before. The whole Sherlock team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on – again!”

The new series promises to be the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet!

In other news Benedict Cumberbatch will have his own official calendar this year! The calendar by Danilo can be bought in a twin pack with the 2015 Sherlock calendar for a special price of £15.

Finally our fundraiser for The Princes Trust for Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday has raised over £6163 so far! If you can donate every penny is greatly appreciated.

New Promo Stills from The Imitation Game

IGBirthdayToday is Alan Turing’s birthday (he would have been 102 today) and to celebrate Empire Magazine and Studio Canal released exclusive stills of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. Along with Benedict the images also show Charles Dance, Keira Knightley and Mark Strong. The images have been added to our galleries.

Empire will have more images in their new issue which is on sale this week.

Benedict has been out and about in Boston today filming Black Mass. Daily Item has posted a fun picture of him as Billy Bulger leading the St Patrick’s day parade. Benedict plays Billy Bulger brother of Whitey Bulger (played by Jonny Depp).

Third Star & Little Favour added to new streaming service We Are Colony

LFA brand new streaming service We Are Colony has launched and it features two of Benedict’s projects – Third Star and Little Favour. Each film comes complete with a wealth of additional material which will delight any Benedict Cumberbatch fan out there.

You can read our review of the We Are Colony streaming platform here.

In other news Benedict has started filming Black Mass in Boston and the National Theatre has announced that Frankenstein will be returning to NT Live in October in time for Halloween. Venues on sale soon.

Finally our fundraiser for Benedict’s birthday for The Princes Trust is currently on £5308! Thanks to all who have donated.

New Images from The Imitation Game

EW1Entertainment Weekly this week published some exclusive stills from Benedict Cumberbatch’s upcoming film The Imitation Game.

The Imitation Game focuses on cryptographer Alan Turing who helped to crack the German Enigma code during World War II and was later prosecuted for being gay.

You can see more stills from The Imitation Game in our galleries. The film is set to be released in the UK on 14 November 2014. If you wanted to find out more about Alan Turing Bletchley Park is playing host to Andrew Hodges who wrote the celebrated biography of Turing – Alan Turing: The Enigma on 17 August 2014.

In other news Benedict appeared on BBC Radio 4 this week as part of the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of D Day. Benedict read the original 1944 radio scripts from D Day.You can hear all of Benedict’s clips on-line here. Images have also been added to our galleries.

Finally our fundraiser for The Princes Trust in honour of Benedict’s birthday is finishing the week on £4150! If you can give a £1 please do so – every penny is greatly appreciated.

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Hay Festival

LLLast 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 nominated for a Critics Choice Television Award and Hamlet sale dates

H4Benedict 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 and Johnny Depp to play brothers in new film project

FP1Benedict 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

Cumberbatchweb – Birthday Fundraiser in honour of the Princes Trust

BCPTBenedict 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.

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in war drama The Yellow Birds

YBIt 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).