Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings in Brexit: The Uncivil War

Benedict Cumberbatch on playing my husband, Dominic Cummings

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Watching Benedict Cumberbatch become my husband

Spaces for everyone: the school theatres open to the public

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Camilla Swift finds more top schools opening their theatres and galleries to the public

Living the high life: Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose

Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose adaptation is triumphant

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Warning: if you haven’t seen it yet, the first episode of the much-anticipated Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic, Sunday) contains scenes…

BBC1’s Sherlock is peak Remain

7 January 2017 9:00 am

One of the few intelligent responses from the liberal-left to our radically altered political landscape was an essay published last…

Owen Wilson as Hansel, Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander and Penélope Cruz as Valentina Valencia

What on earth was Ben Stiller thinking? Zoolander 2 reviewed

13 February 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking,’ said a pouty Derek Zoolander…

I want to see President Trump – if only because of who he’d annoy

6 February 2016 9:00 am

I suppose spite and schadenfreude are thinnish reasons, intellectually, for wishing Donald Trump to become the next American president (and…

Why should we listen to Benedict Cumberbatch on Syrian refugees?

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Because I just don’t know what to think about the Syrian refugee crisis — not even after Simon Schama’s powerfully…

Mr Nice Guy: Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet is far too nice

12 September 2015 9:00 am

You can’t play the part of Hamlet, only parts of Hamlet. And the bits Benedict Cumberbatch offers us are of…

Sound and fury — the pianist James Rhodes is very angry indeed

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Ours is the era of everybody’s autobiography. Bookshops groan with misery-lit memoirs — Never Let Me Go, Dysfunction Without Tears…

The Heckler: down with the actor-commentariat!

4 April 2015 9:00 am

I’ve never been terribly keen on actors. I prefer hairdressers and accountants. And teachers and builders and lawyers. I may…

What Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t understand about ‘coloured’

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Benedict Cumberbatch apologised at length: ‘devastated’, ‘shaming’, ‘offended’, ‘inappropriate’. What had he done? Been caught in a compromising situation or…

My four great loves were unrequited (though I had a chance with Ginger Rogers)

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I had a short chat with BBC radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I knew slightly during the Seventies…

Railly, railly posh: Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke

The Imitation Game: a film that's as much in the closet as Alan Turing was

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The Imitation Game is a biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician who broke the German’s Enigma…

Great performance: Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup

Deborah Ross: 12 Years a Slave harrowed me to within an inch of my life

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave goes directly to the heart of American slavery without any shilly-shallying — unlike The…

Together again: Holmes (Martin Freeman) and Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Is Sherlock starting to suffer from ADD?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Sherlock’s not dead. A good thing, since on New Year’s Day BBC1 launched its third series of Sherlock, and it’d…

Come to the Spectator office, Gareth Malone, and hear our 'Carmina Burana'

9 November 2013 9:00 am

They’re now televising proceedings from the Court of Appeal. Great. As if I didn’t have enough to do already, keeping…

Four good reasons not to watch The Fifth Estate

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Just how interesting you find The Fifth Estate may entirely depend on how interested you are in the whistle-blowing site…

Benedict Cumberbatch: a genetically modified hulk of testosterone and savagery

Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant in Star Trek Into Darkness

11 May 2013 9:00 am

P.D. James is a figure of fun in my household. She used to be a regular pundit on Newsnight Review,…