The Oscar-nominated actor explained why he felt compelled to be involved in Thursday’s service of reinterment at Leicester Cathedral, where he read the poem Richard by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.


Cumberbatch, who is the king’s third cousin, 16 times removed, plays him in the forthcoming BBC series The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses.

He said: “Having just played his very different Shakespearean characterisation I was intrigued to see what the real historical event would be like and to be a part of this extraordinary moment of remembrance. Then what really sealed the deal was this beautiful poem.

“It’s an extraordinary moment to be witnessing a monarch who has been found after hundreds of years in a car park being reinterred in a cathedral hundreds of yards away. It is a very special thing to witness, let alone be asked to perform at.”

The Sherlock star, 38, revealed how he watched with amazement the Channel 4 documentary, The King In The Car Park, which showed historian Philippa Langley leading the Leicester excavation in 2012 to reveal Richard’s skeleton, 527 years after his death at the Battle of Bosworth.

He said: “As it unfolded you realised the discovery was real, the drama was unheard of in a documentary like that. It wasn’t a high profile programme but it became so because of what they discovered. There was a glorious romanticism about that.”

Cumberbatch believes the rediscovery of the much maligned monarch’s bones has changed the world’s perception of him. “I think the debate in historical and archaeological terms about the reality of him and his kingship is what’s extraordinary to witness now,” he said.

“We’ve all known the play for a long time but now it feels we’re getting to know the king better and to be living in that era is very special.”

Cumberbatch is still in two minds about the king, who remains accused of killing his cousins, Edward V and Richard, the Duke of York, the so-called Princes in the Tower. “I’ve no qualms in viewing both entities of the man in completely different categories,” he said. “The fi ctionalised Shakespearean version of him, while based on some truths, has taken huge dramatic licence. I don’t come down on one side. Both need to co-exist.

“It has brought up a debate about how history can be re-imagined and retold and how something so important to us of old can suddenly have new life. Those are positives we should concentrate on.

“We’ve got an extraordinary play about power and about an adolescent outsider being turned into a despotic ruler but it is called a tragedy. He realises by the end of the play the error of his ways.

“That is extraordinary dramatic art but the real Richard story is becoming equally dramatic so I think both have a place in our culture and one should not cancel the other out.”

The newly married actor, whose wife Sophie Hunter is expecting their fi rst child in summer, recently fi lmed scenes for the Sherlock Christmas Special and will play Hamlet at London’s Barbican Theatre from August to October.


Benedict to host Laureus World Sports Awards

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March 25th, 2015

HE HOSTED the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards and it’s now been revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will do the honours once again, this time in Shanghai.

This year looks set to be even more successful for Cumberbatch, who bagged Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game this year.

Switching from acting to hosting once again, though, the 38-year-old will present the worlds most prestigious sports awards event for the second straight year, according to reports.

This year’s ceremony is set to take place on April 15.

Cumberbatch said, according to Around The Rings: “I am delighted the selectors have picked me again to be part of the team for such an important event for the second straight year.

“We all admire the achievements of the greatest sportsmen and women that we meet, so to be able to share the stage for such a signature moment for them is a treat for me.”

The actor continued: “I am a big sports enthusiast and last year was a real pleasure for me. I met Tony Hawk, my childhood hero, and had the chance to swap a few running tips with Sebastian Coe and Daley Thompson. And of course it is all for such a good cause.

“The work Laureus does around the world, using sport to improve the lives of young people, is an inspiration and I am delighted to be part of this very special event.”

It’s been an incredibly busy year so far for Cumberbatch, who is currently expecting his first baby with wife, Sophie Hunter. The pair got married in the Isle Of Wight on February 14.

Despite his hectic Sherlock filming schedule, he managed to squeeze in a honeymoon after the Oscars to Tahiti and Bora Bora.


Benedict to read poem at Richard III reburial

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March 25th, 2015

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is to read a specially written poem at the reburial service for King Richard III.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy composed the work for Thursday’s ceremony at Leicester Cathedral.

Cumberbatch, who will play the king in a BBC Two drama, has been identified as a distant cousin, Leicester University said.

Richard’s remains will be laid to rest on Thursday and his tomb inside the cathedral unveiled on Friday.

The poem, simply called Richard, is described as a “meditation on the impact of his finding and the legacy of his story”.

The cathedral said Cumberbatch is “looking forward” to the service and has a “passion to know more” about the king because of his role in the drama.

Ms Duffy said: “It is a privilege to be involved, in a small way, in this unique event and to have seen the style and grace with which the city of Leicester has made history alive.”

The 14-line poem includes the phrase “grant me the carving of my name” which will finally be achieved with the unveiling of his tomb on Friday.

The University of Leicester revealed Cumberbatch was a third cousin, 16 times removed of the Plantagenet king.

Since Sunday, the city has been marking his reburial and thousands of people have turned out to view his coffin.

Richard, the last English king to die in battle, was killed at Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the Wars of the Roses.

His skeleton was found under a car park in Leicester in 2012.


We may still have to wait several months for Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), John Watson (Martin Freeman) and the rest of the 221B Baker Street regulars to grace our screens for a new Sherlock adventure, but more details are starting to leak out about the episode. Or at least are being confirmed by co-creator Steven Moffat.

Talking before a panel at the SXSW conference, Moffat confirmed fan speculation that sightings of the leads in 19th garb do indeed mean that our heroes will be part of an adventure that takes place more than a hundred years in the past. “The special is its own thing,” Moffat told EW. “We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special. It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. Mark Gatiss and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble.”

So yes, don’t go looking for clues to season four’s dramatics, this will be more of an event episode detached from regular continuity. We’ll take it. As for when we’ll see it? That’s still to be announced, but it’ll take a slot sometime in December, or possibly New Year’s Day, as it has sometimes appeared in the past.


Benedict the face of MG GS

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March 17th, 2015

All those sightings of Benedict in London filming a few days ago can now be officially confirmed that he was indeed filming an advert for the 2015 MG GS crossover car. You can view a photo from his shoot below.


The Imitation Game screen caps

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March 17th, 2015

I have screen capped the Oscar winning film ‘The Imitation Game’. All 609 Blu-Ray screen caps are in the gallery for your viewing pleasure.

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Four Lions screen caps

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March 16th, 2015

I have added 22 screen caps from the film ‘Four Lions’. Benedict’s part is small and his credited role is Negotiator.

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The Other Boleyn Girl Screen caps

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March 15th, 2015

Added the screen caps from The Other Boleyn Girl to the gallery. Next up ‘Four Lions’ and ‘The Imitation Game’.

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Stuart: A Life Backwards Screen caps

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March 9th, 2015

I have capped ‘Stuart: A Life Backwards’, which Benedict starred alongside Tom Hardy. Added over 400 screen caps to the gallery.

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As mentioned in an earlier post, Benedict has been busy filming a commercial for the car company MG in London. Today he has been filming at Greenwich University. Follow us on twitter for regular updates on whats going on with the commercial.

To The Ends of The Earth

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March 9th, 2015

I have added the screen caps from the final episode ‘Fire Down Below’ of ‘To The Ends of The Earth’ to the gallery.

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Benedict spotted in London today filming

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March 8th, 2015

Yes Twitter is a awash with news that Benedict is at the wheel of an orange car (MG 2015 GTS crossover) being escorted by police as he films a commercial for the car company. For more information on the lovely car he is driving take a look here.

Letters Live 2015

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March 8th, 2015

Benedict is confirmed to attend all five nights of this years Letters Live. The event starts on Tuesday 31st March until Saturday 4th April. You can get your tickets at Ticketmaster.

To the Ends of The Earth

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March 6th, 2015

I have screen capped ‘To the Ends of Earth’ for the gallery, episode 1 ‘Rites of Passage‘ and episode 2 ‘Close Quarters‘ are waiting for your viewing pleasure. I will be adding episode 3 in the next couple of days.

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Benedict pens letter to Sherlock fan that died

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February 26th, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a heartfelt letter apologising for not attending the funeral of a teenage Sherlock fan.

The 38-year-old Oscar nominee sent his “deepest sympathies” to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, explaining that he couldn’t be there because he was “filming the show she loved”.

The touching tribute was read out during the ceremony in Padgate, Cheshire, which was attended by mourners wearing deer stalker hats.

It read: “I send my deepest sympathies to Eve’s family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance.

“I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered.

“I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx”

The procession  left the church after the ceremony accompanied by the Sherlock theme tune.

Her father, Mark, 47, told the MailOnline: “Eve would find this funny as she was a big TV and film fan. She would be giggling her head off at the thought she was in the newspaper.

“But she would be so happy about the letter from Benedict – she was a huge fan.”

Eve was born prematurely at just 28 weeks. She survived to the age of 14 despite not being expected to survive longer than 24 hours by medics at her birth.

During her life, she underwent 200 operations, including having a tracheotomy tube fitted to help her breathe.

She died of breathing difficulties earlier this month.

Her mother Jane, 46, who was her full-time carer, said: “The doctors kept her alive which was a miracle.

“If we are being honest they thought she was only going to live a day but she never gave up and we never gave up.”

The congregation were encouraged to make donations to the Peter Pan ward at Great Ormond Street, Alder Hey Bereavement team and Warrington Animal Welfare.


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