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Benedict Cumberbatch bestowed with CBE

Benedict Cumberbatch bestowed with CBE

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was made a CBE by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday (10Nov15).

The actor's impressive roles, including parts in TV show Sherlock and the Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game, and his charitable efforts were honoured by the monarch. His philanthropic endeavours include active work within the LGBT community and raising awareness for cancer research and he's also been active in his support of Syrian refugees.

"It's fantastic, it's quite nerve-wracking, there is nothing really that prepares you for it," he told the BBC when asked how it feels to be made a CBE.

"It's a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognised in this way."

He also gushed about coming face to face with the queen, who placed the accolade around his neck during the ceremony.

"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 smiled.

Benedict, 39, was joined by his wife Sophie Hunter, who gave birth to their son Christopher earlier this year (15).

His CBE was mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June (15). Fellow actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was also mentioned in the list, received his CBE in October (15). Meanwhile Benedict's good friend Eddie Redmayne is set to receive an OBE.

- Cover Media