Benedict Cumberbatch picking up CBE.

“It’s a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognised in this way. It was wonderful, it was the first time I’ve ever met her and to meet her and be honoured by her was extraordinary.

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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.

"We 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.

"I’m 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 suffering.

"I’m interested in trying to raise awareness and help people who are in far worse positions than an actor being criticised for doing something other than his job.

"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.”

He 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.

"So 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.”