Benedict Cumberbatch collected his CBE at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday.
The star, best-known for playing the lead role in Sherlock, was recognised by the Queen for his services to drama and charity, and posed with his wife, Sophie Hunter outside the Palace following the ceremony.
He told the BBC:
“It’s a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognised in this way… [Her Majesty] asked me what I was doing at the moment, and I told her I had finished a three month run at the Barbican, which she knew of. And I told her I had just got back last night from filming in Nepal, Doctor Strange for Marvel, then I’ll be going straight into the fourth series of Sherlock. She said: ‘Oh, it never stops does it?'”
Indeed, the actor caused a media storm after a recent performance of Hamlet when trying to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis. Though he was battered in rags like The Daily Mail, he retorted:
“I’m interested in the number of people that are drowning off the island of Lesbos, people who need funding and help, I’m not interested in the flak that I’m taking… If because I’m in the public eye because of my work and I get scrutinised in my private life because of that, I’m going to damn make sure that I use that potency to help other people.”
Huge congratulations to Benedict from everyone at K Towers!