Benedict talks ‘The Courier’ and life on quarantine during COVID-19 with Tatler Hong Kong

Benedict talks ‘The Courier’ and life on quarantine during COVID-19 with Tatler Hong Kong

In a new article posted by Tatler Hong Kong, Benedict Cumberbatch talks about his upcoming movie The Courier (aka Ironbark), his partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre and what he’s been up to while on quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Benedict Cumberbatch On His Upcoming Movie “The Courier” And Life During Covid-19

From the moment he donned his deerstalker as the great Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch’s popularity soared, but his ego didn’t. The actor talks about his forthcoming spy drama and how he’s spending lockdown learning the banjo.

By Annie Darling.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the alarmingly awkward Sherlock Holmes has catapulted his career to unimaginable heights. Before donning the detective’s hat in 2010, the distinctive-looking London native landed several quirky acting jobs. He’s played theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Van Gogh and, lest we forget, the hair-raising paedophile in Atonement (2007). But it was his fast-talking performance as the private investigator, which Steven Spielberg has called “the best Sherlock Holmes on screen”, that transformed Cumberbatch into a high-cheek-boned dreamboat, quite literally overnight.

Now 43, Cumberbatch has proven to be the ultimate chameleon, having played everyone from Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (2013). His portrayal of British mathematician Alan Turing, who cracked Nazi Germany’s Enigma military code during the Second World War, earned him Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. This year, the performer stars in true-life drama The Courier, which is set for an August 28 theatrical release. *

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‘The Courier’ gets a new release date in the US

‘The Courier’ gets a new release date in the US

According to Box Office Mojo (via The Courier (aka Ironbark) has got a new release date in the US. Previously scheduled to hit the big screen by the end of August, the movie now has been pushed back and is set to be released on October 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrating 5 years of “Hamlet”

Celebrating 5 years of “Hamlet”

Five years ago today, Benedict made his return to the stage with the iconic Shakespeare character that’s on most actors bucket list – including his – and caused quite a stir. Today, we’d like to celebrate such milestone in his career.

When Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet premiered at the Barbican Theatre in London on 5 August 2015 for a 12-week run, it was already a success. Actually, that’s an understatement: it already was the fastest-selling ticket in the city’s theatre history, a title it managed to acquire when the box-office opened almost one whole year before, when it also beat Beyoncé and Jay’s On the Run tour for most popular event on British ticket website Viagogo – by 214%.

That much buzz was followed by controversy and not because of the production itself, but because of two media outlets: British newspaper Times and disreputable tabloid Daily Mail both broke the show’s embargo and published reviews based on the very first performance, disregarding its preview period of two and a half weeks, which even motivated director John Tiffany to write an opinion piece for The Guardian on why and how that was a disservice to the play and the audiences.Benedict, on the other hand, made good use of the limelight: After performances, he’d make impassionated pleas to the audiences about the refugee crisis and criticise the UK governement’s “shameful” response to it (going as far as saying “fuck the politicians”, something he rightfully doesn’t regret). As far as we known, Hamlet audiences raised more than £100k for refugees.

It was a very busy time for Benedict: besides doing the play (sometimes twice a day), he had to buff up to play Doctor Stranger in his debut solo movie and, more importantly, be there for his first son, Christopher, who was months old. Even so, he ‘d take the time to greet fans at the stage door after performances in spite of have said he wouldn’t be able to do so the year before.

The hard work from the cast and crew paid off: it wrapped up its run with the same kind of mind-blowing success it kicked off with: its National Theatre Live broadcast in October was, to that date, the highest-grossing cinema opening of 2015 in the UK and Ireland. In December of that year, it had already made nearly £3 million at the box office and broken the record for largest global NT Live audience.

Happy anniversary, Hamlet! We can only hope Benedict’s next theatre project will be met with the same level of enthusiasm and acclaim

Benedict talks “The Courier” with Entertainment Weekly

The August issue of Entertainment Weekly features a nice little interview with Benedict on The Courier (formerly known as Ironbark) and his newest hero. Check it out below:


If you think you know the only type of hero the Doctor Strange star can play, think again: The Courier introduces a new kind of Cumberbatchian leading man.

By James Hibberd

From detective Sherlock Holmes to code breaker Alan Turing to Marvel’s wizard Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch became a global star over the past decade by playing a rather particular brand of hero: the charming, mad-brilliant rogue whose abilities almost outweigh his arrogance. But for his latest role, in the historical drama The Courier, the 44-year-old goes entirely against type by tackling the true story of Greville Wynne, an average businessman who’s talked into helping the CIA and MI6 infiltrate Soviet intelligence during the Cold War. “I’ve played a few troubled geniuses in my time, and what impressed me about Wynne’s story was how this quiet Everyman became a hero,” the actor says. “I couldn’t believe this man who had no knowledge, no understanding, no connection to [the espionage] world was suddenly thrown into the midst of it.

[We] see how somebody ordinary becomes extraordinary.”
Portraying Wynne’s journey arc required Cumberbatch to gain weight to play the out-of-shape character, and then dramatically slim down for scenes that transpire later in the film. “Being a naturally thinner frame, I can
boast about it being easier to take it off than to put it on, which doesn’t make me many friends,” Cumberbatch quips. Next for the actor is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was pushed back to a March 2022 release date due to the pandemic delaying production. (“I’m really excited to throw the cloak back on,” is all he’ll share.) For now, he has a bit of advice to those seeking a hero inside themselves: “The quest to do something outside your comfort zone—to go into that cave, go into that forest, immerse yourself in a new world—that’s not just a personal journey. You come back with something better.”


“New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern [who has garnered acclaim for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic].
She would never characterize herself as a hero, but she’s led with clarity and strength, and great humanity and humor. A lot of male leaders could take a leaf from her book.”
Benedict reads “Three Little Monkeys” for Save The Children UK

Benedict reads “Three Little Monkeys” for Save The Children UK

Save the Children UK released today a video of Benedict Cumberbatch reading Three Little Monkeys, by Emma Chichester Clark, for Save with Stories, a new fundraiser campaign that seeks to “support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection, so they can keep building the best possible future.”

Benedict to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Benedict to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Excellent news! The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce annouced the 35 stars that will be inducted to the Walk of Fame next year, including Benedict Cumberbatch! Ceremony is yet to be announced. Read more:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin and Courteney Cox have been unveiled as among the 2021 Hollywood Walk Of Fame inductees.

The actors are among 35 stars from different sections of the entertainment industry, including film, music and TV, announced by the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce.

British actor Cumberbatch, known for playing Dr Strange in the Marvel movies, will be joined by his Avengers co-stars Josh Brolin – who portrays supervillain Thanos – and Don Cheadle, best known as superhero War Machine, in having their names placed in a star on the world famous landmark.


Induction ceremonies have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Congratulations, Benedict!


Benedict to read a children’s story in Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S”

Benedict to read a children’s story in Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S”

Benedict will read “Jack’s Dream” in the first episode available this coming Thursday, June 18; the podcast will raise funds to GEANCO Foundation. Read more:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Russell Brand and Zoe Saldana are reading children’s stories for a good cause — to raising money for coronavirus relief in Africa.

The stars are part of Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S,” which launches Thursday in partnership with the GEANCO Foundation “to take families on an adventure that transports them out of their homes to exciting, new places,” the company said.

New episodes will premiere every Monday on Thursday on all traditional podcast platforms as well as the Yahoo Life and Yahoo Style UK pages. The foundation is donating gloves, face masks, soap, sanitizer and disinfectant to hospitals and maternity centers in Nigeria, and training maternity nurses and traditional birth attendants to prevent the spread of the virus in maternity clinics, while also donating tablets preloaded with hundreds of books to children quarantined in their villages.

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“Brexit: The Uncivil War” nominated for 2 BAFTA TV Awards

“Brexit: The Uncivil War” nominated for 2 BAFTA TV Awards

Earlier today, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts revealed the nominees for this year’s TV Awards and…Brexit is among them! The movie is up for two awards, they are:


Brexit: The Uncivil War – House Productions, Baffin Media/Channel 4

Elizabeth Is Missing – Andrea Gibb, Aisling Walsh, Sarah Brown, Chrissy Skinns – STV Productions/BBC One

The Left Behind – Alan Harris, Joseph Bullman, Aysha Rafaele, Tracie Simpson – BBC Studios/BBC Three

Responsible Child – Karen Wilson, Elinor Day, Sean Buckley, Nick Holt – Kudos, 72 Films/BBC Two


Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) – Two Brothers Pictures/BBC Three

Johan Renck (Chernobyl) – Sister Pictures, The Mighty Mint, Word Games/Sky Atlantic

Shane Meadows (The Virtues) – Warp Films, Big Arty Productions/Channel 4

Toby Haynes (Brexit) – House Productions/Channel 4

The winners will be revealed on Friday 31 July, when it’ll be broadcasted on BBC One. Due to the pandemic and to make sure it’s a safe event, it will take place as a closed studio, socially-distanced show, with nominees invited to accept their awards virtually. It’ll be hosted by multi-hyphenate Richard Ayoade.


Benedict joins Taika Waititi’s charity reading of “James and the Giant Peach”

Benedict joins Taika Waititi’s charity reading of “James and the Giant Peach”

Benedict is taking part in Taika Waititi’s charity reading of Roald Dahl’s classic James and the Giant Peach. The first two (out of ten) installments are already available on Roald Dahl’s official Youtube channel, with Benedict joining Taika and Meryl Streep on the second one:

The goal is to raise funds for Partners In Health, a nonprofit founded by Ophelia Dahl (Roald’s daugther), which is dedicated to fighting COVID-19 and supporting public health systems around the world.

‘Ironbark’ gets a new title and a release date in the US

‘Ironbark’ gets a new title and a release date in the US

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Ironbark’ will now be released under the title of ‘The Courier’ in the US, with the studio expecting it to hit theaters across the country on August, 28th. Read more details below:

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have set an Aug. 28, 2020, theatrical release for The Courier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Cold War drama — previously titled Ironbark — made its debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Dominic Cooke from a script by Tim O’Connor, The Courier is based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), an unassuming businessman recruited to help end the Cuban Missile Crisis who forms a dangerous relationship with a Soviet intelligence officer (Merab Ninidze).

“Theaters have indicated gradual openings this ​summer, with health and safety guiding the way. If everything proceeds favorably, we feel the true spy thriller The Courier, with a must-see performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, is just the type of film that will ha​ve audiences excited to return to their local cinemas in late August,” said Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff in announcing the release date.

The film is a 42 M&P, SunnyM​arch and FilmNation Entertainment ​production. Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley also star in the film.

Hopefully we might get a trailer soon!