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Benedict Cumberbatch receives CBE award

From the Queen of England, no less

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 11 Nov 2015

Benedict accepts CBE
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English actor Benedict Cumberbatch was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (or CBE for short) for his work as an actor and for his charitable efforts by Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, England yesterday.

His wife, theatre director Sophie Hunter, was also present at the ceremony that Benedict was so excited about.

"It's fantastic, it's quite nerve-wracking, there is nothing really that prepares you for it," Benedict told BBC. "It's a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognised in this way."

He also had a small chat about his acting with the queen who "didn't let on" if she was a Sherlock fan or not but said "I know a lot of the household is, I have been assured they have watched a few episodes." How cool is Her Majesty?

"It was wonderful, it was the first time I've ever met her and to meet her and be honoured by her was extraordinary," he gushed later on. Congrats, Benedict!

Related: Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter have a baby boy
Related: Tilda Swinton in talks for 'Doctor Strange'


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