Benedict Cumberbatch gets the seal of approval from the Queen

2015-11-12 05:00

London — Benedict Cumberbatch has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his services to the performing arts and to charity.

The 39-year-old actor wore a traditional morning suit to receive his Commander of the British Empire (CBE) award in a ceremony on Tuesday.

The Sherlock star, who was also nominated for an Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of computer scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, told reporters afterward that the experience was "quite nerve-wracking."

Cumberbatch, who recently finished a stage run playing Hamlet at London's Barbican Theatre, has been supporting charity appeals to help Syrian refugees, and helped raise more than 150 000 pounds ($227k) in donations for Save the Children.

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