Benedict Cumberbatch was honored by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday (Nov. 10) for his efforts helping charity and the performing arts. Bowing before the Queen, he received a Commander of the British Empire award — an honor previously awarded to such notables as Michael Caine, Agatha Christie and Richard Attenborough.
Presented a short time after the “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor made headlines by ranting against UK politics, he later defended his actions to reporters.
“I’m interested in trying to help people,” Cumberbatch says of the backlash he received after he stood onstage during a production of “Hamlet” and solicited donations for Syrian refugees by blaming his government’s inaction. “I’m not interested in what flack I’m taking.”
The 39-year-old actor was clearly quite pleased by the honor of receiving his CBE, a turquoise medal shaped like a cross and hanging from a ribbon. Nevertheless, he told the Associated Press that meeting the Queen was “quite nerve-wracking.”
Cumberbatch, nominated for a best actor Oscar for “The Imitation Game,” has raised $227,000 in donations for Save the Children, a charity that assists Syrian refugees.
Also honored in the festivities was Kevin Spacey (receiving an honorary knighthood) and Eddie Redmayne (an Order of the British Empire, or OBE). But before you start referring to the “House of Cards” star as “Sir” Kevin Spacey, only British citizens are allowed to be called Sir or Dame.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>From Baker Street to <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BuckinghamPalace?src=hash”>#BuckinghamPalace</a>, Benedict Cumberbatch receives his CBE from The Queen today <a href=”https://t.co/P1Yisvly0N”>pic.twitter.com/P1Yisvly0N</a></p>— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy/status/664077021069361152″>November 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Tom Hiddleston accepted “The Ice Bucket Challenge” and nominated Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch!
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Benedict Cumberbatch has recently been announced as one of the presenters for this year’s Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on March 2, 2014.
My Favorite Movie Hero Is…
Jean Do in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the epitome of inspiring grace under pressure. The beauty of the human soul that shines beyond the limitations of the body. Stunning and inspiring. A hero of life, literature and the big screen.
Benedict Cumberbatch is to star in the upcoming thriller, titled Blood Mountain. Filming is to begin in Morocco in April of this year, directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol).
The film follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival.
Pegg takes special delight in pranking his countryman Benedict Cumberbatch who made his début as villainous Khan in the movie.
‘Benedict is so creamed up right now,’ the Spaced star whispers into the camera. ‘One spot, two spots, three spots, four spots. Two on the wrists.’
The Sherlock star realises he’s been caught out good and proper when given a disclaimer to read ostentatiously about the hazards of using the cream.
‘Tommy needs me to sign this bit of paper,’ Cumberbatch tells the camera. ‘It says: “I, the undersigned, hereby accept liability, in that participation with the Paramount Pictures production Star Trek 2, hereafter referred to as HH, at the National Ignition Facility, Livermore CA, hereafter referred to as NIF, recognise that the topically applied emollient known as Neutron Cream does not exist… “
Read the rest of the article and about their co-stars’ reactions to this gag.
Today is July 19, which means that it is Benedict’s birthday!
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born this day in the year 1976 to Timothy Carlton [Cumberbatch] and Wanda Ventham in London, England.
Along with th birthday wishes, we would also like to congratulate Benedict on his Emmy nomination in the category “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie” for his portrayal of Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End.