Benedict Cumberbatch receives CBE

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Benedict Cumberbatch received a CBE during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace earlier today (10th November).

Last June, the Queen’s annual birthday honours list was published, awarding the 38 year old actor with a CBE as well as 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Today, the Sherlock star officially received the honour, joined by his wife, Sophie Hunter.

The actor, who is currently filming in Nepal for the upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange, said that he felt “privileged” and “flattered to be recognised in this way.”

Cumberbatch is best known for playing the main character in the BBC’s hit show, Sherlock. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for his moving portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

The honour did not stop the actor in speaking about the current refugee crisis. During his three-month stint as Hamlet at the Barbican, Cumberbatch frequently requested the audience to donate cash for the Save the Children appeal for Syria. “I don’t know if this [the CBE]will change that, but I am certainly not going to change who I am because of it,” he said.

Cumberbatch is set to return to screens in the forthcoming Sherlock special on New Year’s Day. Watch the latest teaser below.

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