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CBE 'compensation' for Cumberbatch

Published 12/06/2015

Benedict Cumberbatch has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the performing arts and charity
Benedict Cumberbatch has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the performing arts and charity

The announcement that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been made a CBE will go some way to make up for his disappointment at losing out on the best actor Oscar this year.

The award, for services to the performing arts and charity, is another milestone in an eventful year that has seen him reach new heights in his career, get married and announce the imminent arrival of his first child.

Cumberbatch's early career was steadily successful with roles in weighty dramas such as To The Ends Of The Earth and Small Island, but his life changed forever when he picked up the deerstalker and signed on to play master sleuth Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's updated take on the classic crime stories.

The show made him a star around the world with fans from China - where he was dubbed Curly Fu - to the studios of Hollywood who marked him out as one to watch.

They soon signed him up to star in Star Trek: Into Darkness and 12 Years A Slave, with both films benefiting from the attentions of his global army of fans who jokingly refer to themselves as ''Cumberbitches''.

They also flocked to cinemas to see him as tortured code-breaking genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game - the role which saw him nominated for the leading actor Oscar.

Cumberbatch has sometimes seemed uncomfortable with the scale of his fame - he was forced to complain when a star-struck neighbour started tweeting his every move, and hordes of fans - often in costume - flock to every Sherlock event from around the world.

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