Welcome to Cumberbatched.com (benedictcumberbatchfan.com). Your newest source for the fabulous & talented British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict is best known for playing the lead role in the hit BBC series 'Sherlock', appearing in '12 Years a Slave', 'August: Osage County', 'Hawking', 'Starter for Ten', 'The Fifth Estate', 'The Hobbit' and playing baddie Khan in 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'. Next we will be seeing Benedict in 'The Imitation Game' as Alan Turing and the final instalment of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014 & on stage as Hamlet in 2015.

Here you will find plenty of photos of Benedict, our new video site and news on his latest appearances and projects, as well as information on Benedict. If you would like to submit any news or photos then please contact me using the form.

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Benedict Cumberbatch has dressed as a monarch and taken to his noble steed in first look pictures from the set of Richard III.

The Sherlock star, 38, will play Shakespeare’s infamous king in BBC2 series The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses.

Filming for the three-part adaptation of Henry VI (both parts) and Richard III began on Monday, with Cumberbatch seen looking rugged in paparazzi-style pictures leaked on Twitter.



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Judi Dench joins Cumberbatch in the new run, after he personally asked her to star alongside him during a live Q&A at the Hay Festival.

“Would you like to be in Richard III with me?” Cumberbatch asked to cheers. “Yeah!”, the actress replied, sealing the deal.

Dench will star as Cecily, Duchess of York in Dominic Cooke’s TV films, executive produced by Bond director Sam Mendes.


The full press conference of The Imitation Game has been released by the Toronto Film Festival and you can watch it below. It runs just over 40 minutes.

As we are nearing the release to The Imitation Game, Benedict has been promoting the film in various interviews, see some of them below:

The Wrap: Why are their no sex scenes?

Vanity Fair: At TIFF discussing Alan Turing.

Variety: Discusses Alan Turing and how great the script was.

GQ Magazine scans
September 18th, 2014

I have scanned the Oct 2014 GQ magazine, which features Ben on the cover and a one page feature inside.

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Empire magazine have released the new poster for The Imitation Game and a still that we didn’t have in our gallery.

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Benedict Cumberbatch is making a habit of getting wet for charity. Last time it was in a series of increasingly ridiculous Ice Bucket Challenges that eventually saw the Sherlock star stripping off his underpants and getting into the shower.

This time around, things are a little more sedate (a flash of Cumberbatch’s chest is as much as we get) but a lot easier on the eye, as Cumberbatch channels his inner Darcy to recreate Colin Firth’s iconic lake swimming scene from the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

The portrait by celebrity and fashion photographer Jason Bell is one of a series – also featuring stars including Liam Neeson, Kate Winslet and Jerry Hall – shot to mark ten years of the Give Up Clothes For Good charity campaign, which has to date raised £17 million for Cancer Research.

You can get up close and personal with Cumberbatch and co at an exhibition of Bell’s photos at La Galleria on London’s Pall Mall, from Tuesday until Saturday.


Source: Radio Times

The Imitation Game had its Toronto Film Festival Premiere and we have added the premiere photos, press conference photos and photo shoots for the promotion of the film 066 & 067.

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Added some recent photos of Benedict including photo shoots and of him recently at Madame Tussauds‘ to have his waxwork made, 068 (The Fifth Estate), 069 (GQ). I have purchased the new GQ magazine that Benedict is featured and will be adding scans very soon.

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A biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as an ingenious British codebreaker and computer-science pioneer Alan Turing has won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Director Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” claimed the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award at a Sunday morning brunch, held annually to mark the end of the 11-day movie marathon.

The film, which also stars Oscar nominee Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, beat out first runner-up “Learning to Drive” — a dramedy about the unlikely friendship between Patricia Clarkson’s newly separated book editor and her driving instructor, played by Ben Kingsley — and second runner-up “St. Vincent,” which stars Bill Murray as the cantankerous caretaker of a young boy.

The crowd-pleasing “The Imitation Game,” however, simply proved too compelling in a tough-to-predict year in which there was no clear front-runner for the festival’s top award.

“It’s a terrific story and it’s a story that’s not that well-known,” festival artistic director Cameron Bailey said of the winning film following the announcement.

“You’ve got terrific direction — Morten Tyldum was here before with ’Headhunters’ — and one of the best actors and stars in the world right now in Benedict Cumberbatch.”

Surely, “The Imitation Game” has now solidified its position in a rapidly developing Oscar race.

After all, three of the past six People’s Choice Award winners have gone on to win best picture, including “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and last year’s victor, “12 Years a Slave.”

And Cumberbatch, the lanky and incisively articulate Brit best-known for starring on “Sherlock,” certainly seemed to be in the midst of a moment at this year’s festival. A year after the 38-year-old unveiled three separate films at the Toronto festival (including “12 Years a Slave,” in which he had a small role), he was one of the most in-demand stars here.

Frenzied fans packed the streets surrounding the premiere of “The Imitation Game” while Cumberbatch signed autographs and posed for selfies.

But it was the real-life character he portrayed who seemed to deeply resonate with audiences, said Bailey.

Aside from being a pivotal figure in bringing the Second World War to an end, Turing made endlessly innovative contributions to the future of personal computing. The story, of course, featured a personal wrinkle: Turing tried to conceal his sexual orientation but was ultimately prosecuted for homosexuality (then a crime) in 1952, before dying two years later.

“(This is) a man whose mind was instrumental in helping to end the Second World War early, who is one of the fathers of the computers that we all use today, and we don’t know much about him,” Bailey offered.

“The fact that he had to suffer as a result of his sexual orientation also is a drama that I think deserves to be told. This is a story with a lot of great elements to it.”


Stand up for Cancer UK
September 9th, 2014

Benedict is part of the campaign ‘Stand up for Cancer’ with a host of other celebrities including Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and Gillian Anderson. Directed by Greg Williams their ‘action’ is interspersed with cancer patients. The campaign launched yesterday.  Benedict had this to say about being part of the campaign:

Benedict Cumberbatch said: “I’m standing up to cancer because some of the real life heroes amongst us, scientists and researchers, need funding so they can continue their life saving work. Cures are within our grasp and we can’t slow down in our fight against this terrible disease. We can be the generation that really makes a difference, who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”

Watch the video below:

Benedict won the award for GQ Actor of the Year presented to him by Dan Stevens. You can see the video below, but be warned there is strong language in this video:

Also Benedict is one of six front covers for the October 2014 issue of GQ.


I have updated the 2014 events appearances that Benedict has made and you can see those in the gallery.

The Guest – Gala Screening
GQ Men Of The Year Awards
Variety Studio Presented By Moroccanoil At Holt Renfrew – Toronto International Film Festival
The Imitation Game Private Cocktail Party At The Calvin Bar – Toronto International Film Festival
HFPA & InStyles Celebration – Arrivals – Toronto International Film Festival

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Benedict won ‘Lead actor in a miniseries or movie‘ for Sherlock at the Emmy’s last night and Martin Freeman won Best supporting actor for Sherlock. Also Sherlock won for best ‘Writing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special‘ for Sherlock: His Last Vow, Steven Moffat.  So congratulations to the team who work on Sherlock.

Here is some information about the disease from the official ALS website:

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.

In the UK ALS is known as Motor Neurone Disease. This information is from the official MND website:

MND and ALS are different descriptions of the same disease. The MND Association, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the ALS Association, which operates in the USA, do the same type of work. The only real difference is what we call the disease.

In the UK we use MND – motor neurone disease – and in the USA they use ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Both refer to a fatal, progressive disease that can rob people of the ability to speak, move and breathe. There is no cure.  The reason there is a difference is that there are several forms of MND. ALS is the most common type. MND is an umbrella term for all forms of the disease. In the USA, ALS is used as the umbrella term (they also sometimes refer to it as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The MND Association in the UK and The ALS Association in America work very closely together on numerous projects, especially around global research into a cause of MND / ALS, and we are delighted to be carrying on #IceBucketChallenge in the UK, following the ALS Association’s great work in America.

The MND Association helps people with or affected by MND in several ways. We work to improve care and support, fund research to find a cure and campaign to raise awareness of the needs of people with MND. We also fundraise to pay for this important work.

Text ICED55 £5 to 70070 to donate to MND(UK). You can donate at this website: http://www.alsa.org/ for the US. 

We’ve had a virtual ark’s worth of animal voice casting announcements for Jon Favreau’s Disney-backed take on a new Jungle Book film, yet heard very little about Andy Serkis’ competing project, Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. That all changed today when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch has agreed to lend his distinctive voice box to lethal tiger Shere Khan. Well, he has form playing characters called Khan, we suppose.

So now we have a Khan-off in the making! In the red corner, there is Idris Elba’s apocalypse-cancelling gravelly goodness. In the blue? Cumberbatch’s Smaugy caramel tones. Who will make the best Shere Khan? Only time will tell, but you can weigh in below.

Serkis is developing the movie to incorporate a blend of live action and performance capture, looking to make his directorial debut based on Callie Kloves’ script. Expect announcements soon about characters including Mowgli, the human raised by wolves and other animals who is Khan’s sworn enemy, wise panther Bagheera and friendly Baloo the bear.

Favreau’s film is set to arrive here on October 6 next, year, while Serkis’ version will land more than a year later, on October 21, 2016.


August 18th, 2014

Tom Hiddleston has challenged Benedict and Luke Evans to the Ice Bucket challenge in support of ASL. The ALS Association supports people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known in the US as Lou Gehrig’s disease (he was a NY Yankees baseball player). It’s what the rest of us in layman’s terms would call Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Basically Benedict has 24 hours to respond to Tom’s dare or he has to give $100 to the charity. You can see Tom doing the challenge at this link and you can also donate as well: http://www.whosay.com/status/twhiddleston/969449?wsref=tw&code=nwy9358

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