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. 

Benedict Cumberbatch tackles LightNightTales with Friendly Fires

Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing on the upcoming LateNightTales Friendly Fires cd reading a story called “Flat of Angels.”

LateNightTales invites the world’s best artists to delve deep into their music collections to create the ultimate “late night” selection. The upcoming edition by Friendly Fires marks the 30th edition to the series.

LateNightTales – Friendly Fires is released on 5th November and is available in a variety of formats including digital download, cd and vinyl.

There will also be a launch party to celebrate the release of the album on Sunday 4th November at the Big Chill Bar off Brick Lane from 2:00 p.m. to midnight. All are welcome!

We hear Benedict’s story needs to be heard to be believed so definitely something you’ll want in your collection.

Benedict Cumberbatch saddles up in support of The Princes Trust

Benedict Cumberbatch (along with team mate Adam Ackland) was among 3000 cyclists saddling up for The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace bike ride (supported by Saudi Aramco) today.

The 45 mile ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle raises vital funds for the youth charity’s work with disadvantaged young people. Every year the sell out event sees participants collectively cycle 135,000 miles between the Royal Palaces.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust has so far raised an astonishing £23,778 from fans around the world and friends for The Prince’s Trust for this year’s event.

Benedict commenting on his participation in the event said:

“I don’t get the opportunity to cycle much so it was fantastic to take part on such a beautiful route through London. It’s not easy cycling 45 miles but it’s worth it for such an important cause and everyone has had a great time.

The Prince’s Trust is a charity which I am passionate about helping. Young people are our future and with so many struggling to find work in the UK, I feel it’s vital we do everything we can to make sure all young people have the opportunities to succeed.”

We were there to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland off at the start of the ride and photos of Team BC have been added to the galleries.

If you want to donate to Benedict and Adam there is still plenty of time to do so! Every penny counts to a very worthwhile cause.

Team BC raise over £23,000 for The Princes Trust

Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland are riding in the Palace to Palace bike ride tomorrow in aid of The Princes Trust and to date Team BC have raised an extraordinary £23,400 in sponsorship from fans and friends.

Earlier this week Benedict thanked everyone for their amazing fundraising efforts:

Wow!!. You are all amazing! We couldn’t do what we are trying to do on Sunday without this. It’s an amazing amount of money to raise for incredibly worthy cause. Adam and I can’t thank you enough. We’re really impressed and touched as the trust will be. Your generosity is well beyond the call of duty in these cash-strapped times. Onwards and upwards with still more coming in. Thank you thank you thank you! Benedict X

You can see a short video of Benedict and Adam in training for the ride here (courtesy of Adam).
Earlier this week Benedict attended the Ghent Film Festival to promote Parade’s End – you can see photos from the event as well as a new photoshoot from the festival in our galleries.
Some additional photos have also been added to the Parade’s End photogallery with some new and very beautiful shots of Benedict Cumberbatch, Adelaide Clemens and Rebecca Hall.

Benedict Cumberbatch says thank you to his sponsors

On Sunday 14th October Benedict Cumberbatch is taking part in The Princes Trust Palace to Palace Bike Ride riding 45 miles from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle.

Fans have been sponsoring Benedict and there was a collection at the weekend at Benedict’s appearance at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.

Today Benedict sent this email to everyone who donated:

Thanks for sponsoring me in The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace London 2012

I am stunned!! I can’t thank you enough for your generosity. In addition to the brilliant online donations those of you at the festival who contributed a donation added another £1,406.24. I can’t thank you enough each and every one of you. I could do another 45 miles with all this support. Thank you. I’m deeply touched. It’s an amazing thing we are doing and at risk of sounding cheeky… PASS IT ON!! Let more people know about the charity, (go to and what I’m doing to try and raise money and pass them the links to this page to donate. It would be great to reach the target. I’m donating the fee I got for Cheltenham and that’ll help but take a look at this charity and you’ll see why it deserves all we can give it.

You have been so generous with your pockets, now be generous with a bit more of your time and I promise you it will be worth it. If we go over the target in the next two days I will, tart that i am, share some photos with you of me in training in my fetching cycling gear!

But seriously… I want to try and raise as much as possible. We really are making a difference. Massive thanks and love to you all. Benedict x 

You can donate to Benedict here. Team BC (Benedict is doing the ride with his friend Adam) have raised at the time of writing over £10,050 in funds! An enormously impressive effort. Please do donate! 

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Cheltenham Literary Festival

Photos of Benedict Cumberbatch (and interviewer Louise Brealey) have been added to the gallery.

Benedict discussed Sherlock and his career in front of a capacity crowd of over 2000 fans at the prestigious Cheltenham Literary Festival on Saturday 6th October.

We’re delighted to bring you our report of the talk at which Benedict discussed his roles in Sherlock, Parade’s End, The Hobbit, August: Osage County and Frankenstein, the perils and joys of fame, his process and his passion for his charity work for The Princes Trust to an audience of over 2000 fans who had flown from all over the world to see him. 

Finally don’t forget to sponsor Benedict for the Palace to Palace bike ride that he is taking part in next Sunday. Benedict has raised over £5152 and Team BC have raised £6492 all together which is extraordinary work on the part of the fans in little over two weeks! Well done everyone but still a way to go yet – if you haven’t already you can sponsor Benedict here.

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Ghent Film Festival and vote for Benedict!

Benedict Cumberbatch has been announced as appearing at the Ghent Film Festival on the 11th October 2012.

He’ll be attending a screening of Parade’s End with director Susanna White, composer Dirk Brossé and producer David Parfitt. You can buy tickets from the festival website.

Benedict is also currently featured in a number of polls that he needs your help to win!

Benedict is on the longlist for best dramatic performance: male at the National Television Awards for his roles in Parade’s End and Sherlock. You can vote for Benedict here. (you can vote once per email address). Sherlock and Parade’s End are also up for best drama series. Benedict needs your votes to make the shortlist.

Benedict Cumberbatch has also been nominated for the Hospital Club’s hclub100 – a national search for the most innovative, interesting and influential people in the British creative and media industries. Benedict is nominated in the TV category. Do vote now! 

Benedict Cumberbatch has also been nominated for best actor in the TV Times Awards (Sherlock is also up for best drama). You can vote here.

Finally don’t forget to sponsor Benedict for his Palace to Palace ride in aid of the Prince’s Trust. Team BC has raised over £5470 already!

Sponsor Benedict Cumberbatch in the Palace to Palace Bike Ride in honour of The Princes Trust

Benedict will cycle 45 miles on a route that will take him from London to Windsor. 

Starting in St James’ Park Benedict will travel down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace before heading towards the River Thames. The route then continues via Richmond Park, Virginia Water and Egham finishing up in the shadow of Windsor Castle.

Benedict’s fundraising page is here.

Benedict is doing the bike ride with his good friend Adam Ackland and Team BC have already raised more than £4900 from generous fans.

Benedict would be very grateful if you would consider sponsoring him – you’re such a wonderfully generous fandom and Benedict is a patron of The Prince’s Trust so it’s a cause very dear to his heart. Every penny counts!