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Benedict Cumberbatch reads “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats.

As we leave, [Benedict’s] phone buzzes. It’s a text from Eddie Redmayne, friend and fellow rising star. It ends: “I will always be your Cumberbitch. Eddie.” We laugh. These days even Cumberbatch’s friends are in his fan club. (photo) (x)

A few of Benedict Cumberbatch’s favourite places


There’s great city life all over the UK. I love Belfast, Edinburgh’s culture is brilliant especially in summer for the festival and the countryside is wonderful. Plus it’s where my family and most of my friends live.

I love so many of its cities: New York, San Francisco, New Orleans. And northern California is a favourite, especially south of San Francisco. Big Sur must be one of the most beautiful spots.

New Zealand
I went there for The Hobbit and loved it. The South Island is like Wales on steroids, it’s the most extraordinary landscape. Skydiving and seeing Mount Cook and the curve of the Earth around was an amazing experience.

It’s the gateway to North Africa and so easy to get to from Europe. Marrakech is magnificent. If that all gets too much, go to the Atlas Mountains for the most amazing views. Essaouira is calmer and more contemplative, like Marrakech on valium.

I spent a lot of my childhood in Greece in a place I won’t talk about because it’s a bit of a sanctuary for me. I’m mad about the food, the culture and that life revolves around the family. It’s so child-friendly and very relaxing.


Absolutely top of my list. I adore London. It’s one of the most exciting cities in the world. I couldn’t be more proud of our city.

New York
I love New York. I don’t know many people who don’t. It’s such an inspiring, vibrant city. You feel like there’s a new world around every corner.

New Orleans
I went there when we were filming 12 Years a Slave. It was so utterly intoxicating - the drinks, food, music, the soul of the place…

It’s vibrant, it’s young and it’s innovative. It’s got a treasure trove of interesting architecture and with such a potent history.

I’m an art historian and the centre of Paris is like a museum in itself. I love Montmartre and the whole of the Left Bank is stunning.