Is Benedict Cumberbatch being awarded a CBE?

Rumour has it the Sherlock actor will be on the Queen's Birthday Honours list

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Could Benedict Cumberbatch be among the famous faces on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list? The Sherlock actor is reportedly set to become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire – one rank below a knighthood – when the nominations are announced on June 12th, according to The Sun.

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A “source” has commented to the newspaper that Cumberbatch’s CBE – for services to drama – comes surprisingly early in his film career which hit a high note earlier this year when the 38-year-old was nominated for a leading actor Oscar for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. 

“Benedict is clearly very talented but a CBE is normally for those coming towards the end of their careers,” commented the source. 

Another “insider” added: “It’s not as though he’s a veteran actor such as John Hurt, who didn’t get the CBE until he was 64.”

Cumberbatch – who is expecting his first child with wife Sophie Hunter – won international recognition for his portrayal of the eponymous detective in BBC1’s Sherlock which first aired in 2010. 

He has gone on to star in a string of high profiles films, including Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County and last year’s Imitation Game, with an upcoming role in Black Mass (opposite Johnny Depp) and a 13-week run playing the lead in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican later this year.

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Comedian Lenny Henry has already confirmed he is to receive a knighthood in this weekend’s Birthday Honours List, telling Radio 2 host Chris Evans that news of his new title was like “being filled with lemonade for 10 or 15 minutes.”