Benedict Cumberbatch receives the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the performing arts and to charity at an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, 10 November 2015
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch receives the CBE (Commander of the Order of
the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II at an Investiture Ceremony
at Buckingham Palace.
Audience contributions raised more
than £150,000 for Save the Children and, speaking at the Palace after
meeting the Queen today, Cumberbatch told reporters: “It has been a
fantastic response from the public who came to that theatre who raised a
hell of a lot of money and awareness.
all felt just powerless and, as a new father, to see the footage and
the photos that came to us in the summer, I think every single one of us
with a heart realised this wasn’t someone’s else’s problem somewhere
else - this was all our problem, a humanitarian problem.
"So I was very happy to step up to the plate and ask a very receptive and very generous audience at the Barbican to help out.”
Cumberbatch was asked whether he minded having received “flak” about his appeal at the Barbican.
He replied: “I don’t think I have. If I have that’s news to me and that is not the news I’m interested in.
interested in the numbers of people who are drowning of the coast of
the island of Lesbos. I’m interested in trying to help people who need
funding, whether it is a charitable body or directly to people
in trying to raise awareness and help people who are in far worse
positions than an actor being criticised for doing something other than
"If, because I am
in the public eye because of my work, I get scrutinised - my private
life - because of that I can damn well make sure I use that potency to
do good for other people.”
added: “it is not an abnormal activity for someone to appeal at the end
of a night’s performance for something that is affecting our world … I
have not done anything unusual.
I will take whatever criticism people will throw at me but they should
just look back to the last person that also asked some someone to dig
into their pockets and put some folded-up change into a bucket to raise
money for a good cause.”
Benedict Cumberbatch has been announced as a recipient of a CBE on the Queen’s birthday, Saturday June 13 and will receive the honour for services to drama and for services to charity. One real step away from a Knighthood. Congratulations Benedict. [x//gif]