“Frankenstein” co-stars Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch both won the best actor prize at London’s Evening Standard Theater Awards on Sunday.
They alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creature in director Danny Boyle’s production. The pair beat competition from Bertie Carvel for “Matilda: The Musical” and Charles Edwards for “Much Ado About Nothing.”
A longlist has been announced by the London Evening Standard ahead of its Theatre Awards featuring some of the top stage names.
James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law and Kevin Spacey are all in with a chance of winning the Best Actor prize, while Kristin Scott Thomas, Gemma Arterton, Sheridan Smith and Samantha Spiro could claim the Best Actress gong.
Productions which have thrilled fans of London theatre breaks like The Heretic, Tribes and Remembrance Day are all in the list for Best Play.
Furthermore, the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical will be contested by the likes of Betty Blue Eyes, Crazy for You, Fela! and Matilda.
Benedict placed 33 in “Glamour’s Sexiest Men of 2011” poll. Among some of the other placements were Tinker Tailor Solider Spy co-star Tom Hardy and fellow BBC stars Matt Smith and David Tennant.
I’ve added a session to the gallery with Benedict promoting the upcoming ‘War Horse’ movie.
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I’ve added some shoots I’ve been meaning to add, plus a new one Benedict did at Venice. Enjoy!
Photoshoots and Sessions
Benedict appeared with his fellow Tinker Tailor Solider Spy castmates at the UK premiere. Images have been added to the gallery. Also, Benedict did not win ‘Best Actor’ at the TV Choice Awards – instead it went to David Tennant.
Events and Appearances > 2011 > September – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy UK Premiere
Benedict attended the “GQ Men of the Year Awards” this evening, where he took home the “Actor” award! Congrats Benedict! Images have been added to the gallery.
Events and Appearances > 2011 > September – GQ Men of the Year Awards
Benedict was at the 68th Venice International Film Festival promoting Tinker Tailor Solider Spy with fellow cast and crew. Images have been added to the gallery!
Events and Appearances > 2011 > September – Tinker Tailor Solider Spy Premiere
Events and Appearances > 2011 > September – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Photocall
Events and Appearances > 2011 > September – 68th Venice International Film Festival
Benedict Cumberbatch is talking Edwardian manners, the brutishness of croquet and a million other things that segue rapidly into each other while my brain struggles feebly to keep up. He is making me a cup of Earl Grey, and a single question – shall we share a teabag? – has triggered this rush of inspiration, from tea ceremonies to post-colonial theory. It’s fair to say that Cumberbatch is both a thinker and a talker.
His features – the huge almond eyes, the sweeping Cupid’s bow, the acute tapering from cheekbones to chin – can, in repose, hint at something extra-terrestrial; lit with animation, however, they’re charmingly boyish. He’s soon to begin shooting a TV adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s First World War novel Parade’s End, hence the current obsession with Edwardian England – Cumberbatch prepares meticulously for each new role with a welter of study and likes to immerse himself in the relevant historical and cultural detail. So what, I wonder, did he do for his part in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, his latest film? Learn Russian? Write ciphers?
He says he did go on a secret solo mission – to kite surf in Morocco. “It was the first time I’d gone on holiday on my own,” he says, looking, as he says it, much younger than his 35 years. “I was in Essaouira and because my character was a spy originally stationed in North Africa, I walked the streets alone at night imagining what it was like for him – the oppressive doorways, the dark alleys.”
Cumberbatch has recently had his pick of roles: starring alongside Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s sold-out Frankenstein, directed by Steven Spielberg in War Horse and cast by Peter Jackson in The Hobbit. But he has, he admits, always wanted to play a spy – “any actor worth their salt would jump at the chance”, he says, “because it’s all about mask shifting”. His opportunity finally came thanks to Tomas Alfredson, the Swedish director of Let The Right One In, who cast him in his adaptation of John Le Carré’s celebrated MI6 thriller – a film that is already being talked about in the industry in hushed, Oscar-worthy tones.