Benedict Cumberbatch Flattered By Racy ‘Sherlock’ Fanfic

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is so hot right now. He is almost literally in everything, including last year’s awards-season favorites “War Horse” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” the hit BBC/PBS revival of “Sherlock” and two highly anticipated future blockbusters “Star Trek 2” and “The Hobbit.”

Cumberbatch fans should be excited to see him reprise his role as the quirky and slightly sociopathic Sherlock Holmes when the second season premieres this Sunday (May 6) on PBS’s Masterpiece. MTV News recently caught up with the very busy and talented actor, who attributes the show’s success to its “extraordinary” and “very intelligent, very loyal” fans and promised that they won’t be disappointed with the action that unfolds in the second season.

Read the full article at MTV

VH1 Big Morning Buzz

Benedict appears on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz talking about “Sherlock”, Smaug, “Star Trek” and more!

Backstage at “End of The Rainbow”

Yesterday, Benedict made an appearance backstage at the hit Broadway play “End of The Rainbow” at The Belasco Theater in New York City. Along with him were his parents and “Sherlock” co-creator Steven Moffat. Images have been added to the gallery.

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Photoshoot Additions

I’ve added a few photoshoots that were missing in the gallery, including the newest one from the New York Times article.

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Role to Role, From Sherlock to ‘Star Trek’

HOW skilled a secret keeper is Benedict Cumberbatch if he readily confesses the easiest method for extracting secrets from him?

Asked somewhat frivolously for information about one of the many coming projects he cannot talk about, Mr. Cumberbatch, the 35-year-old British actor, offered an equally facetious response.

“You could stick a knife in my thigh, and I wouldn’t tell you,” he said a few weeks ago, relaxing on the deck of the Venice, Calif., home where he was staying. But he added: “Pull the hair on my head the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles.”

Deeper still within his head were numerous vital details that Mr. Cumberbatch’s work required him to keep locked away. There was not much he could say about his dual roles as a necromancer and a talking dragon in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of “The Hobbit,” and even less about the part he was shooting in J. J. Abrams’s sequel to “Star Trek.” (“I’ve got to be a complete and utter tease,” he said, more gleeful than apologetic.)

What Mr. Cumberbatch can confirm is that these high-profile opportunities were made possible by the success of “Sherlock,” the television series that casts him as a cool and contemporary — if brutally rational — upgrade of Sherlock Holmes. It returns on May 6 for a second season on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery!”

In Britain, where “Sherlock” is shown on BBC One, the series has left millions of fans frantic to know the resolution of a season-ending cliffhanger, which American viewers have not yet seen, and transformed Mr. Cumberbatch (who already knows the outcome) from a well-regarded journeyman actor into a superstar.

And he makes no secret of his desire to see “Sherlock” enjoy similar acclaim in the land of “Mad Men” and “Modern Family.”

“I’m desperate for America to really take to this,” he said. “It has taken it into its heart as a cult thing, but I’d love it to hit the mainstream this time. Because I just think it’s of that quality, and it belongs there.”

In person the thin and muscular Mr. Cumberbatch shares the piercing gaze and sonorous, sinister voice of his Holmes but is warmer and more irreverent. He is a self-confessed motormouth and a relentless mimic who, over the course of an hour, adopted the shrieking voice of an admiring Valley girl; the Scottish burr of his friend and colleague James McAvoy; the synthesized speech of Stephen Hawking, whom he portrayed in a British TV movie; and the rapid, adenoidal clip of both Mr. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, who directed him in “War Horse.”

In similarly haphazard fashion Mr. Cumberbatch has spent the past 18 months ricocheting from role to role, in British stage productions like “After the Dance” and “Frankenstein” (for which he shared the Olivier Award this month with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller); a coming television version of “Parade’s End,” adapted by Tom Stoppard from the Ford Madox Ford novels; and films like “The Hobbit,” “War Horse” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

Last December, on vacation in Gloucestershire, England, he got the call that Mr. Abrams wanted him to submit a videotaped audition for “the not-so-good guy” (in Mr. Cumberbatch’s words) in the “Star Trek” sequel — and could not find anyone to film it for him.

“We observe this little Judeo-Christian cult holiday called Christmas,” Mr. Cumberbatch said sarcastically. “Whereas, you know, some kids in this part of town” — he circled his hands in the Los Angeles air — “with their Crackberrys, don’t.”

In a friend’s kitchen late at night, an agitated and weary Mr. Cumberbatch recorded his audition on an iPhone — “I was pretty strung out,” he said, “so that went into the performance” — and sent it to Mr. Abrams, only to be told the director was also on vacation.

Mr. Abrams, who saw the recording a few days later and hired Mr. Cumberbatch, wrote in an e-mail that it was “one of the most compelling audition readings I’d ever seen.”

But Mr. Abrams already knew this from Mr. Cumberbatch’s work on “Sherlock,” whose second season drew around 10 million viewers in Britain for each of three 90-minute episodes shown in January, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board. (By contrast, in the United States, the first season averaged 4.6 million viewers per episode, PBS said.) On Tuesday, Mr. Cumberbatch’s work on the show earned him a Bafta award nomination for best actor.

Read the full two page article at the New York Times

BAFTA Awards 2012 Nominations

Hello again! I’m going to be helping Heather out here at Benedict Cumberbatch Fan for awhile.

Sherlock ended up with 3 nominations, one of them is Benedict for ‘Leading Actor’ congrats! The other two went to co-stars Martin Freeman & Andrew Scott for for ‘Supporting Actor’, congrats to everyone!

Leading actor

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock (BBC1)
Dominic West, Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
John Simm, Exile (BBC1)
Joseph Gilgun, This is England ’88 (Channel 4)

Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott, Sherlock (BBC1)
Joseph Mawle, Birdsong (BBC1)
Martin Freeman, Sherlock (BBC1)
Stephen Rea, The Shadowline (BBC2)

To see the full list of actors visit The Guardian website

Sherlock Holmes star shares triumph in London theater awards

Sherlock Holmes and Warhorse star Benedict Cumberbatch shared the best actor award on Sunday with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller for their alternating performances as Frankenstein and his monster at the Laurence Olivier Awards.

The Oliviers were founded 36 years ago as the most prestigious awards for London stage performances and named after the famed actor Lord Laurence Olivier.

The awards at London’s Royal Opera House saw Cumberbatch and Miller triumph for their performances in “Frankenstein” at the National Theater, which was directed by Danny Boyle who will direct the London Olympic Games opening ceremony later this summer.

The best actress award went to Ruth Wilson, for her role in “Anna Christie” which was also named as the best revival production.

The best actress in a musical award went to four girls aged between 10 and 12 who shared the role of Matilda in the hit musical of that name.

‘Matilda’ also won six further awards, including best musical and best director, and best actor in a musical for Bertie Carvel who played the part of Miss Trunchbull.

The top dance award went to Edward Watson of the Royal Ballet for his performance in “Metamorphosis” at the Royal Opera House.

The best new dance production went to Akram Khan for “Desh”. Khan’s work will get a global audience later this year as he is working with Boyle on the Olympic opening ceremony.

The best new play was the National Theater production of “Collaborators,” the first play by John Hodge, who wrote the screenplay for “Trainspotting”.

English National Opera won the award for outstanding achievement in opera, and its production of Rameau’s “Castor and Pollux” was named best new opera production.

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“Wreckers” Gallery Additions!

I’ve updated the gallery with a bunch of Promotional Stills and Screencaptures from Benedict’s movie “Wreckers”.

James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch dominate Olivier Awards 2012

James Corden and Benedict Cumberbatch have received nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards.

Corden is up for the ‘Best Actor’ gong for his role in comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors, while Cumberbatch could share an award with Jonny Lee Miller for their joint portrayal of Frankenstein and The Creature in Frankenstein.

Matilda the Musical dominated the nominations with 10 nods, including ‘Best Actor’ for Bertie Carvel, who plays Miss Trunchbull, and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Paul Kaye (Mr Wormwood).

Jude Law was recognised for his role in Anna Christie and Celia Imrie was nominated for her part in Noises Off. Other nominees included Lesley Manville for Grief, Kristin Scott Thomas for Betrayal and David Haig for The Madness of George III.

Ghost the Musical and London Road also received multiple nominations.

The Olivier Awards take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, April 15 and will be hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

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