November 10, 2015 4:06 pm

Benedict Cumberbatch is now a Commander of the British Empire

Benedict Cumberbatch is now officially king of the world. Not really, but close.


Benedict Cumberbatch has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his services to the performing arts and to charity.

The 39-year-old actor, alongside wife Sophie Hunter, wore a traditional morning suit to receive his Commander of the British Empire award in a ceremony Tuesday.

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The Sherlock star, who was also Oscar-nominated for best actor for his portrayal of computer scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, told reporters afterward that the experience was “quite nerve-wracking.”

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Cumberbatch, who recently finished a stage run playing Hamlet at London’s Barbican Theatre, has been supporting charity appeals to help Syrian refugees, and helped raise more than 150,000 pounds ($227,000 CDN) in donations for Save the Children.

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