♢ He has supported and urged fans to donate to the MND charity. ALS/MND charities fund and promote global research into MND and provides support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
♢ Donated a Spencer Hart suit to Annos Africa. UK based African children’s arts charity running educational arts projects in the Nairobi slums.
♢ Asked fans to donate to Myeloma UK one year for his birthday. Myeloma is a myeloma/multiple myeloma blood cancer disease
♢ Cool to be Kind - Benedict Cumberbatch knows it is Cool to be Kind to animals.
♢ Benedict hosted the Laureus Awards in 2014 & 2015. Laureus use the event to raise awareness and fundraise. The foundation is also partnered with the Prince’s Trust and aims to fund sports programs for disadvantaged kids.
♢ Was involved with Dramatic Need. Dramatic Need is a creative arts charity helping vulnerable children in Africa to build hope & self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma & hardship. Benedict also contributed to a fantastic Dramatic Need again in 2015.
♢ He is a patron for Odd Arts. Odd Arts has worked with over 60,000 people, making safer communities and individuals. They are market leaders in issue and evidence based arts work within criminal justice and community settings.
♢ Fans had (somehow!) found out a t-shirt he had worn was bought at “The Henry Miller Memorial Library. Which is a public benefit, non-profit organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Big Sur resident Henry Miller.
♢ Drew a self portrait to auction off for the Willow Foundation which is dedicated to bringing special days to the seriously ill who are between the ages 16 and 40 years of age and live in the United Kingdom.
♢ Benedict was just one of the guest presenters at the Gold Award Presentation in St. James’s Palace on 19 March. . The DofE is a leading youth Charity the DofE gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.
♢ Benedict read (& is honorary Vice President) for The Story of Christmas event which raises funds to support charitable projects that benefit homeless people and disadvantaged children in and around London. The Story of Christmas is supported by private and corporate benefactors, together with famous faces from the worlds of stage and screen who perform live.
♢ Benedict attended Elton John’s Aids Foundation Oscar party. EJAF is an international non-profit organisation funding direct patient care services and AIDS prevention education.
♢ Benedict was photographed for a Stand Up To Cancer campaign where he was asked to run as if he were about to save a life. Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. They actors involved were part of an exclusive short film and set of photographs shot by renowned photographer and film director, Greg Williams.
♢ Benedict took part in a skit for Red Nose Day, which debuted for the first time in America. Red Nose Day is a fantastic night of TV, with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously.
♢ Benedict donated his famous sparkly Vuitton shoes to Small Steps Project which help children living on rubbish dumps globally.
♢ In 2014 Benedict attended the annual Young Patron’s Bright Young Things Gala which supports emerging artists at London’s National Theatre.
♢ Benedict was photographed by Jason Bell, who was commissioned by TK Maxx to shoot a variety of famous faces, including Liam Neeson, Kate Winslet and Jerry Hall, to celebrate ten years of its Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, which has raised more than £17 million for Cancer Research.
♢ Benedict joined a host of stars in calls to “Save Soho" from gentrification and also featured in their Save Soho video. The Save Soho campaign aims to protect performance arts venues in the area. Benedict is also seen sporting their pins at events.
♢ He’s a patron of Phoenix Cinema who will participate in an event there for their friends and community, as soon as his currently very full schedule allows. The programme of events and films on offer is curated by people who truly love and know cinema and is made possible by a charity that puts people before profit.
♢ Benedict and the cast of The Imitation Game signed posters for The Turing Trust to auction off. The Turing Trust is established by the nephew of Alan Turing and is a UK based sustainable development charity which makes people more employable by bringing transformative technologies to those that will otherwise miss out.
♢ The inspiring champ Stephen Sutton raised lots of money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helped him throughout his battle with colorectal cancer. Stephen’s campaign went viral in 2014 and broke all records on Just Giving. Benedict shared a photo via his bud James Rhodes urging people to donate to Stephen’s cause. RIP Stephen Sutton.
♢ Benedict and Sienna Miller filmed themselves doing Sohana’s EBtonguetwister challenge for the Sohana Research Fund which is helping to find effective treatment for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa.
♢ Benedict donated some Gucci glasses, Modalu bag and a signed photo to #Boxathon who send boxes to people who fill it with things they can auction off to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
♢ Benedict donated another pair of shoes, this time Edward Green’s to Small Steps which helps children and famlies living on rubbish dumps.
♢ During Benedict’s 3 month run of Hamlet in 2015 Benedict appealed for Save The Children at the end of every performance which raised £150k. As well as that, he participated in a Save The Children video for the charity single raising money for Syrian refugees.
♢ For America’s first red Nose Day in 2015. Benedict was one of many celebrities to help out with a video skit.
♢ A huge bear joined Benedict and Johnny Depp on The Graham Norton show in Nov 2015 which Benedict attacked live on the show. Johnny and Benedict signed the bear to be auctioned off for @GOSH. Great Ormond Street Hospital provides world class care to hundreds of children every day.
♢ Benedict called up radio host Christian for Who’s Calling Christian who spent two weeks looking for celebrities to Call Christian for the chance to win £20,000 towards the charity of their choice (or £10,000 for their charity and £10,000 for a listener who told them to call up). After selecting the top 5 calls and then opening up the vote to you to choose the best. Unfortunately Benedict didn’t get to the final Top 5.
(That’s not including all the other charities and gala’s he attends and help that we don’t know about).
And every year for his birthday his ever growing fan base raise thousands to his chosen charities or charities they want to support. Perhaps the biggest, for example, Cumberbatchweb organises one. One year £10K for the Teenage Cancer Trust was raised, last year £15k for Myeloma UK and this year (as it stands currently) £6,163 to The Princes Trust. Not forgetting all the other fans raising large amounts for other charities throughout the year in his name.
♢♢ In 2015 Benedict was acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with a CBE for his services to performing arts and services to charity. ♢♢
“Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.” - Moliere.
In the light of a seeming constant intrusion into his whereabouts and privacy, it would be a delight to make a few frenzied discussions on what he does to truly deflect his own fame for good. Take his lead & shine a light into a weary world.
Did you really not have to sign an nda? Did parts of the episode feel like they were missing?
Did not have to sign a NDA. 450 people all lining up signing NDA’s? I don’t think so.
We were asked and they put trust in us not to spoil anyone.
I’ve been to a couple Sherlock screenings and never had to sign anything.
The episode was correct in time and nothing felt missing. As Sue has said earlier…
Please tell me why they’d keep any footage from PAYING Champion BFI members (who go to pre screenings and BFI events all the time), a paying audience, press, cast, crew, family and friends? Absolutely no logic.
I love fandom and the fun in it but all this is utterly grating.
At the end of the day there’s something for everyone in the episode in my view and the last scene is a lovely full stop. If people come away utterly distraught, inconsolable and hurling abuse at creators and crew they only have themselves to blame i’m afraid. That’s not healthy or acceptable constructive behaviour from anyone who wants to be respected for their criticism.
What the fuck. If they're your friend telling you about their problems, maybe try supporting them? Then they'll in turn support you? No need to be passive aggressive.
Annndddd you’ve completely missed the point. You can be a friend and be there for them and offer advice until the sun goes down, and the reason i posted that for someone, they do this. But that friend never asks them how they are in return, off their own back or if they do, it’s the last thing they ask in a string of self centred emails which over time, a ‘how are you’ loses its sincerity, turns into an afterthought, and that is a problem, thank you very much.
Some people are an object of a narcissistics supply without even realising it. This is a real thing and it happens. Google it. I’ve read up on it hundreds of times and find it pretty fascinating (thank you Otto Fenichel). To be labeled a bad friend for giving what they need (attention, love, advice, being a human diary for their thoughts and feelings) but receiving half measures or barely a shimmer of it in return is a classic case of narcissistic behaviour and it’s up to you as the receiver to differentiate the two. We’re all human, we all crave an even grounded relationship and we’re all capable of knowing when it isn’t returned because we have something called ‘feelings.’
And your message is a perfect example of the internal struggle of what being on the receiving end of a narcissist friendship feels like. You start thinking what a terrible friend you are for wanting a bit of advice and enthusiasm in your own life in return. To feel like that other person genuinely cares about you, wants to sit and find answers for your own issues. You feel like you’re in the wrong and turned into a selfish person overnight. It’s only, in my experience, when you turn to other friends and explain the situation and they tell you how it’s not right and point out you’re not getting any empathy in return that you realise you’re none of those things. And that you’ve every right to tend to your codependent, caretaking self and have every right to crave for a reciprocal relationship. We all have friends so we all know when one just isn’t normal.
You’ve obviously never experienced someone of this nature and that’s great to hear. But don’t jump down our throats when we recognise that we’re not in a healthy relationship, because it’s not a pleasant experience and it, truthfully, hurts to go through it. You lose parts of yourself with every conversation and you’ll be left shattered with little or no confidence in that friendship left. Especially when you’ve made every effort to make it work - it’s terribly degrading, exhausting, distressing and upsetting and more common than you might think. It’s painful when the pin drops and you realise you’re in a friendship that was purely cultivated to massage the others own ego.
No one wants to feel like they are not truly cared about by someone they’ve desperately tried to love.
(also anon i understand that image i posted doesn’t quite convey the same story as the one i’ve written here so easily confused i guess xx)
your tumblr is becoming dull. are you afraid to comment recent BC's escapades?. regards. ljubljana
Actually, you know what, i will comment on his recent escapades. I think it’s downright rude that Benedict is not approving of squeezing tea bags. I know it was said a few weeks ago, but it still bothers me beyond belief. Every time i squeeze my tea bag every morning, i murmur, quite honestly and respectfully “fuck you….” Pfff Bet he doesn’t bloody mind a tea bag squeeze in bed THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING.
I’m very glad i could finally get that off my chest. Sorry for the dull Tumblr, there’s not been an awful lot happening. Benedict’s such a fucking bore.. He’s given us absolutely fuck all to blog about recently.
I’m living my life and sadly and it doesn’t evolve round this. Ho hum….
You must have noticed quite a few fans turn their back on BC for his recent comments about not really giving a shit about fans, what do you think?
That’s interesting.. I’m not really sure anything has changed from a general fan POV? Is this happening?
I dunno man…. I think fan culture has changed so much and a lot of people are used to their support being praised. I know that a musician or a band is NOTHING without their fans, but the same cannot be said for actors, i don’t think. And BC for sure, has a very different kind of following, like what you would normally get for a band like One Direction, it’s quite intense and has a large presence online etc which the media play up to, and most of the time not in the best way. Bands rely on their fans to help them succeed. To buy their merch is pretty much helping them pay for the petrol in their shitty touring van and a dinner if they’re lucky. If Benedict is involved with a film that flops or involved with something that we don’t go and see, he still gets paid. And people make that effort and it’s people’s personal choice to run blogs, or whatever else, no one asked them.. Anyway, I think that perhaps a lot more is expected of him…
You gotta remember, he hasn’t actually said he doesn’t “give a shit about his fans”. When did people quickly forget the audio clip of him making sure, before an interview, that he goes to meet some fans that had been waiting for him for ages as he cared about their welfare because they’d been waiting so long? On the contrary, he’s said he appreciates fans support. On numerous occasions. What he has said, that seems to have rustled a few feather as far as i can see, is that his fiancée is his priority. And that’s as it should be - he has someone else to think about in his life, his other half. Anyone in a relationship can tell you you can’t exactly make decisions without thinking of that person. I don’t know why that needs to be twisted. His attitude to fans has not changed. The last time i met him it was as concordant as it was the first time.
I also think that it’s like listening to an album you shred solidly for 2 weeks, you probs need to listen to something else after a while, right? You’ve probably seen people get tired of the never-ending, Oscar-bound Weinstein PR machine. People get tired and press tours are as boring for us as they are for those out there doing it, playing that all important game.
At the end of the day, he still has a gigantic amount of love and support, support that will still be behind him cheering for him come award season and are still gunna get on that plane, that train, whatever, and travel to watch him fuck shit up with Hammers next year. This is a roller coaster for all of us, and you just gotta take it all with a pinch of salt man, that’s all it is :)
hi there, I was just wondering what your views are on female body image. I think we're about the same age and I sometimes feel a bit inadequate. I look at BC and to me he's beautiful whether he looks like Khan or Patrick from Starter For 10. I know there is no chance that I would even meet BC let alone be his friend or go on a date or whatever cause I don't look like those beautiful women you see him with. how do you stay positive about yourself?
Hey anon. We ALL have insecurities about ourselves, everyone. Even Bender. But it’s about trying to gain the confidence in yourself to start loving yourself and accepting yourself. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be more confident and sometimes men and women find a confident woman very attractive. What are the reasons you feel inadequate? Is there anyone around you who is being a negative influence, or was there in the past? If there is you probably wanna start backing away from those dudes. I find a lot of PMA (positive mental attitude) is a massive tool in every day life and that can help with the way you feel about yourself and your outlook on yourself. Instead of being like, i dunno uh, “Oh i hate the shape of my nose, why can’t i have a nice nose? Why can’t i be beautiful like that girl on the red carpet.” change that thought to, “But i DO have beautiful eyes and i have the most gorgeous dress that would make me EQUALLY as gorgeous as those women on the red carpet.” There are both positive and negative aspects to most situations. We get to choose which ones to focus on. You gotta catch yourself when you’re being negative and try thinking the opposite - the positive. It can be stressful being with other people, even people that we really like - so don’t be scared of taking some time out for yourself and enjoy being with yourself. Do things you enjoy doing, whether it be reading, listening to music, painting, jogging, swimming, watching movies etc. Be kind, positive, be true to yourself, trust yourself, encourage your own dreams, grow spiritually, look after your body, try and see the beauty in everything then you can start appreciating the beauty in yourself etc. To help boost your self confidence find something or seek opportunities to help improve your self confidence. If you know you’re good at something, do more of it, it’ll be a self esteem boost. Use your mental Photoshopping skills, and work on your self-image. If it’s not a very good one, change it. Figure out why you see yourself that way, and find a way to fix it. It is a fact that when you start dressing nicely, dressing yourself in things you love, you’ll feel good about yourself. SMILE. Always smile.
It’s easier to bring change if you just put your mind to it and change your thoughts. We can’t always control things that happen in our lives, but we can, with some effort, control what we think. And this is how you start. What about these women is it that you find attractive, and how can you carry it over to YOU. If you like the way their hair is, see if it’ll work on you. You’ll get it done and you’ll think, ayy my hair looks cool today. AND THAT’S THE START. But don’t ever compare yourself to others. REMEMBER, people on red carpets, these privileged ladies that attend these events have stylists, they are able to shop in new expensive fashion, often given clothes and not to mention will be photoshopped to hell and back.
Maybe anon, invest in a couple books? How to accept yourself books and read lots of Gautama Buddah quotes? The fact you’re asking me shows you’re already looking for inspiration and actively trying to find ways to stay positive about yourself, so that’s awesome. But god, you don’t want to rule your life on whether Benedict bloody Cumberbatch, this one man, will find you attractive. Who fucking cares what he thinks? He isn’t the be all and end all, he’s just an ordinary bloke who i can tell has a great life and well being about him. He’s likely to, as i’ve listed above, find beauty in every thing. He has mentioned before about Buddhism, so he’s probably a vaguely spiritual guy. I don’t know the extent of it, but It’s insulting to him i would guess, why wouldn’t he find you a beautiful person? Anyway, it really is what YOU think.
Don’t give up on yourself, you are worthy, you are beautiful, you have a heart and a soul and you are unique.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha
Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.William Shakespeare, Henry V.
(i don’t know if this was what you were after but never mind. Just. Please. Don’t. Rule. Your. Life. On. That. Mother. Fucker. Above. There are more things to life than him - don’t put him on such a high pedestal… It isn’t healthy, okay?)
Yea for James, but I'm sorry, Benedict looks shite, dafuq happened? :(
Ohhhhhh you know nothing too major, like, one of his best friends has just gone through a very emotional and gruelling 14 months (and possibly even longer if you count writing the thing), in which Benedict decided to go and support him in that life changing moment this morning, in which the supreme court has allowed his bestie’s very salient story to finally be published. Which if you think about it, is an extremely poignant moment because it’s a victory for freedom of speech…. whiiiiiiiiiiiich i would imagine is an ENORMOUS weight off of James’ shoulders but also off his immediate support group’s shoulders too aka his wife, aka his friends (Benedict included here btw), aka book publisher etc and not even just the freedom of speech thing but also the absurdity that they even had to go to that length anyway, so how many emotions do you spy in this story friend? Oh and also prepping for an incoming tiny human. P.p.s today wasn’t about him it was about James which is the important thing here, no? Cos you’ve basically just said to me “I know he’s just supported his friend through a hellish and emotional ordeal but he could have put on some make up cos he looks like shit!”. Miss Shallow Fuckwit, Are you real??
Sooooooo yeah THAT’S what happened.
Nothing too emotionally draining for everyone involved, obviously….. Obviously.
Dang, now the media are criticizing bc for getting the cbe thing :(
It’s funny. Saying he’s too young is agism and so old fashioned. They should take another look at his IMDB and shut up. Talent and accomplishments > Age. And honestly, i’m surprised anyone really cares?? Who would make the effort to send a tweet saying ‘BC doesn’t deserve a CBE’? Who honestly has very deep and sincere feelings that he’s ‘too young & doesn’t deserve’ a CBE? Like, it’s the most pointless thing people should waste (negative) energy on caring about, seriously. LoL Queen’s honours get dished out to loads of great/brave/talented people every year. He’s been in lots of things and attends charity events for drama related purposes,etc etc. He does a lot, is very talented and to have done so much so young is fucking wkd and it’s been recognised by our Queenie. What of it?:)
Hi Tor! You've been a fan for a while, do you have any stories or anecdotes about Benedict that some of us might not have heard about? :^}
I literally asked a tonne of friends and we’re stumped. You just need to scroll through my archive fam!
- He gave me the rest of his champagne after Cabin Pressure once (i think cos he was getting fucked off trying to hold it and sign) and i got a cold a few days after i drank it so i blame him forever. (This whole story caused outrage at the time as well LOL people thought i’d ‘stolen’ it. His actual words “Have some..” >> “You can have it.”So i took some champagne on the tube home with me *anon outrage!* LoL!)
Dude, that Romcom idea with Emma T and BC. I'd join that Kickstarter quicker then you could say 'Romantic comedy of the year!!'
WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD THOUGH!?!?!!? Emma Thompson’s char falls in love with a younger man (BC’s char) who’s like, idk, in a serious profession and a bit skittish and she’s also bit eccentric and ditzy also in a serious profession and they make a super awesome hot, funny couple that loads of amusing things happen to idek what else would happen but i know that i really want it. (or just an interview with them both would suffice tbh…)
Hay! I was just wondering if you could please give me the link to the video where Ben is writing answers to question on a white board.. I think it is in a Penguins of Madagascar video? Thank you so much :)
There is no video. Just gifs, from Buzzfeed click me. Not just gifs, one of the best gifs of all time actually, see below:
I'm still feeling very down after Alan Rickman's death... I knew it'll affect me but never thought that this much... And seeing these post makes me sad and happy the same time. Happy because so many people are remembering him, but sad 'cause the obvious reason. He was my favourite icon/actor/everything since I was 11. I grow up loving him. It's like my childhood ended once again. And it's soo god to know that there are poeple who understands because my friends think it's stupid. So thank you! <3
I didn’t think it would bother me as much as it has either! It’s such a strange thing cos i feel very sad still, whenever i think about him. And his wife Rima. Aw! Bless you. There are lots of us here in the same boat, just a click of a button away!
I read a tweet saying something like, he was always someone you thought about just always being there, like out having a coffee, or being at a dinner party with someone famous and fabulous! I’m not naive enough to say indestructible, but he was just so young and it was.. still is, such a shock. Such a nice man and these stories about him just confirm it - he was completely selfless and would use his good fortune, talent and opportunities and just give, give, give to others less fortunate. I love that story of him being on the 360 Tim Burton set for ST and running into RADA gathering up as many techie students as he could and taking them on set with him so they could check out this amazing T.Burton set - i loved hearing that. And there are so many similar stories! I don’t think i know anyone else quite that kind and caring that does that?
I think a lot of people never realised how much of an impact he had on them until he died. But they say that, don’t they? You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.
And yes, i agree with the last sentence. None of my RL lot really get it either. But worth reading what JK Rowling tweeted today, “So do we have the ‘right’ to grieve for someone we don’t even know? Absolutely. The day we feel we cannot grieve for a hero is the day we need to question how we are approaching grief in general. And maybe through this process, we can even learn how to approach mortality and personal grief in a more uncensored way.”
OMG okay, it was hilarious and basically the best bit. On the roundtable HR interview Timothy Spall just went way off topic like, yo i gotta tell y’all this story. Basically at his play at the National years ago, he had this scene where he’s basically lying in a fuck load of mud and water. And one day someone came up to him “You haven’t heard the latest, have you? Someone’s done a poo in the mud pool!” And Tim was like PARDON??? LOL. “Someone’s.. done a poo in the mud?? I LIE IN THAT EVERY NIGHT!” And he was just completely appalled and spoke to the NT stage door keeper or someone like that about it and she was like, “Oh i’m not shocked, we’ve had a phantom pooer here for years.” LOL!!! Everyone was;
He said he was so shocked to know all these amazing talented people were working there every night and “someone was dropping a log in there.” -cue a very loud Cumberlaugh-
I was laughing tears because i have a couple of poo stories myself, and genuinely skanky stories, from my time working in retail, one similar to his actually, but it never ceases to make me laugh when i hear others’ poo stories and what people bloody well get up to (dirty dirty humans!!) Ethan was laughing the entire time, it really is so funny you need to watch it.
*squeals* the tie he wore last night???? y'all bought him that????? :D
About 50 of us just over a year ago! I can’t even remember why actually but i wrote have a good Xmas in the card so that was the excuse haha. We really liked that colour way of the McQ tie. Everyone involved is stoked he wore it. Goes to show ConwayVGG do pass things on to the main g.
I want to thank you for your blog. It is my most visited website because you rarely fail to make me smile. There are more educational sites on the internet, but none more amusing.<3
Awwwww nonster thank you. I can be educational too. Hang on.. Ok. Here we go; A man’s beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex. A duck has 3 eye lids and… An American urologist bought Napoleon’s penis for $40,000.