Happy Christmas from Cumberbatchweb!

sp2Happy Christmas from Cumberbatchweb!

It’s been an absolutely fantastic year for the site. When I started Cumberbatchweb with the aim of keeping a handful of friends up to date with Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest projects I never dreamed in my wildest imaginings that 2 years later the site would be receiving well in excess of one million page views a month! Thank you so much to everyone who has visited the site over the past year and to my wonderful followers on tumblr and twitter. Benedict Cumberbatch really does have some of the best fans in the world and it’s been great to chat to so many of you on email or twitter. Thank you also to everyone who has helped the site over the past year or invited me to events – your help is greatly appreciated.

A particular highlight of the year was definitely our fundraiser for Benedict’s birthday in July. I set up a fundraiser to raise funds for The Teenage Cancer Trust in the hopes of raising a modest £250. Benedict’s incredible fans raised over £10,000!

In fact Benedict’s fans this year have raised an astonishing £38,795 for The Princes Trust, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

And it’s been quite the year for Benedict Cumberbatch himself.

Click the read more to read our round up of Benedict’s incredible year and have a fantastic Christmas everyone!

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Benedict Cumberbatch wins Satellite Award & new Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser

star-trek_fullCongratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who yesterday won a Satellite Award for best actor in a mini series or movie for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. Benedict was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in the show.

And as a pre-Christmas treat the new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has been released on-line. Benedict plays the villain John Harrison in the film which is released worldwide next May.

Gallery Update

The galleries have been updated with pictures from a variety of Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent appearances including presentations of the special 9 minute Star Trek Into Darkness prologue at the BFI and in Tokyo, Benedict’s arrival at Narita International Airport where he was met by over 500 Sherlock fans, his appearance at the Liberty Human Rights Awards, the press launch for the EE BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Spencer Hart 10th Anniversary Party as well as a photoshoot for the Fashion is Great Britain campaign. Behind the scenes photos from the filming of August Osage County have also been added.

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Sherlock

Congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a mini series or movie for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the second series of Sherlock.

So far this year Benedict has been nominated for a BAFTA, Emmy and now a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Sherlock.

The Golden Globes are handed out on 13 January 2013.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey goes on worldwide release today and you can see our report of the London premiere and review of the film here. Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the Necromancer and Smaug the Dragon in the trilogy of films.

Finally Benedict will be returning to the radio next week with another instalment of the excellent Rumpole series – Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail. The new episode airs next Tuesday 18th December at 2:15 pm on BBC Radio 4 and concludes with Rumpole and the Expert Witness on Christmas Day.

Star Trek Into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch plays John Harrison


Paramount Pictures have released the name of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness. Cumberbatch will play a character by the name of John Harrison. It had previously been speculated that Cumberbatch would play the infamous Khan or possibly Gary Mitchell. The release of the character’s name seems to put pay to such speculation…or does it? With JJ Abrams well known penchant for secrecy the name could well be a red herring.

The stunning teaser poster for Star Trek Into Darkness as well as the first official still from the movie have been added to the gallery.

A teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness was released last week. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch in suitably silky menacing tones it provided an exciting peek at the film which is being released next May. The first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will play with certain IMAX screenings of The Hobbit from 14 December 2012. To find out whether your IMAX screening is carrying the prologue go here. Non IMAX screenings of The Hobbit will carry a second longer trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness which should premiere on-line this week.

An official site has been set up for the film which includes such news as a list of international release dates. 

Benedict has started to do press for the film visiting both Tokyo (where 500 Sherlock fans greeted him at Narita airport!) and LA. He has given interviews to both Access Hollywood and MTV about the film and his role as John Harrison.

Star Trek Into Darkness is released on 17 May 2013.

Benedict Cumberbatch to narrate The Snowman and The Snowdog and Star Trek Into Darkness trailer news


Benedict Cumberbatch will be narrating an audio ebook of The Snowman and the Snowdog – the much-anticipated sequel to the classic Christmas film The Snowman. The audio ebook is illustrated with images from the film which will be shown on television on Channel Four this Christmas to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the original Snowman film, based on Raymond Briggs’s iconic children’s picture book.

The audio ebook will cost £4.99 and is due for release on 29 December 2012. It can be pre-ordered now from itunes.

Benedict Cumberbatch is starring alongside legendary theatre actor Simon Russell Beale in a BBC Radio 3 radio adaptation of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. Copenhagen is a fictional account of an actual event during World War II when German physicist Werner Heisenberg paid a visit to Danish physicist Niels Bohr in Copenhagen. The play looks at philosophy, morality and love while asking the question why did Heisenberg come to Copenhagen? Benedict will be playing Heisenberg to Simon Russell Beale’s Bohr while Greta Scacchi will play Bohr’s wife.

The Radio Times have a 2 page article on the play – issue on sale 20th November.

Finally it’s been confirmed that the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness will play before screenings of The Hobbit from 14 December 2012.

Also the first 9 minutes of the film will screen before Imax showings of The Hobbit across the US. A handful of UK Imax cinemas will also screen the first 9 minutes with more still to be confirmed.

Star Trek Into Darkness is due to be released in May 2013. Benedict is playing the villain but it is still not yet known which character he is playing although both Gary Mitchell and Khan have been rumoured.

Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to play Julian Assange in Bill Condon biopic

Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed to play Julian Assange in a new biopic about the controversial Wikileaks founder.

Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) the film is set to be based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg’ book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website” along with “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy” by reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding.

James McAvoy (who previously worked with Benedict on Starter for Ten) is in talks to play Daniel Domschelt-Berg. The unnamed film will shoot next year.

In other news today saw the event The Game is On – An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and friends at the Criterion Theatre.  Whilst Benedict sadly couldn’t be in attendance (as he has just finished filming August:Osage County) many of Benedict’s other Sherlock cast members were at the event including Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey and John Watson himself, Martin Freeman.

You can read our write up of the event here.

Benedict Cumberbatch to star as Brian Epstein – iconic manager of The Beatles

The Hollywood Reporter reported today that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Brian Epstein, the manager of The Beatles, in a brand new biopic. The film will be directed by Sherlock director Paul McGuigan who most recently directed A Scandal in Belgravia and The Hounds of Baskerville and was nominated for an Emmy for his work. 

Tom Hanks will produce the film for Playtone.

Benedict Cumberbatch appears on Friendly Fire’s addition to the Late Night Tales series of records reading a story called Flat of Angels. The Independent today published an exclusive first listen to the track.

The cd is available to buy from 5th November or can be downloaded from Late Night Tales direct.

Benedict Cumberbatch wins best actor at the ITV3 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch has won the best actor dagger at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards for his role in Sherlock. This is the second time that Benedict has won the award having previously won it for the first series of Sherlock back in 2010.

Sherlock also won the dagger for best tv series and the wonderful Martin Freeman won for best supporting actor for his role as John Watson.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in which Benedict played Peter Guillam also won best film at the awards.

Photo’s from tonight’s event have been added to the galleries.

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards will air on ITV3 at 9:00 p.m. on 23rd October 2012.