Is Benedict Cumberbatch being awarded a CBE?

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

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.


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.


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.”