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Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch
Week of July 13, 2015
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Ben and Sophie tonight at a 4th of July celebration
at the U.S. Embassy.

Benedict Cumberbatch continues to keep his fans on the edge of their seats with yet another mystery–not a television series this time, but he is now into his second month of fatherhood and still no word as to the name of his son. Baby Cumberbatch’s birth was announced June 13, the day after Cumberbatch’s name was released in the Queen’s birthday honors list, when he was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).

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The new parents.

Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter, who were married on Valentine’s Day at a 12th century church on the Isle of Wight, somehow managed to keep prying photographers away from their nuptials, and it looks like they’re doing the same with their new arrival. Given the public’s fascination for the good looking couple, I can’t say I blame them. They might be keeping their baby out of the public eye for now, but the couple made a very public appearance at the U.S. Embassy in London recently, when they attended a July 4th celebration.

Cumberbatch is currently in London rehearsing for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where he plays the title role. The show opens at the Barbican Theatre August 5th and will run right the way through October 31st in London’s West End. Tickets went on sale a year ago and within minutes all 100,000 were sold out, making it the fastest selling show in London box office history. Although if you’re planning on being in London this summer I hear on the grapevine that 100 tickets for each performance have been held back and will be on sale each day for just £10. If you want to snag one though you probably have to start queuing up now! There’ll also be a chance to see a filmed version of the production later this year when it is screened as a National Theatre Live presentation–locally at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, Dec. 14th & 15th.

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Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson.

Unfortunately fans of the series that made Cumberbatch a worldwide superstar, Sherlock, are going to have to wait until 2017 for season four of the series. It doesn’t start filming until next spring, but there will be a stand-alone episode (see preview below) airing at the end of this year. That episode will be set in 1895, which as fans of Sherlock Holmes know, is a significant date. It’s the year that author Arthur Conan Doyle killed off his detective (he was later resurrected). Further details are being kept strictly hush, hush.

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