Benedict Cumberbatch was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. He was honored by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts and to charity, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to BBC.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: “It’s fantastic, it’s quite nerve-wracking, there is nothing really that prepares you for it.
“It’s a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognised in this way. It was wonderful, it was the first time I’ve ever met her and to meet her and be honoured by her was extraordinary.”
The actor was joined at the ceremony by his theatre director wife Sophie Hunter.
Cumberbatch, who is currently filming the eponymous role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, recently completed a three-month run in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican.
But he said the honor would not stop him from speaking out on issues about which he feels strongly.
Last month, following a performance of Hamlet, he urged the audience to donate cash to the refugee crisis appeal.
“I am in a very privileged position to have a voice and to have a certain amount of people listen to what I have to say.
“It is a huge honour, but I will still speak my mind about things I feel are right and wrong about the world when it is appropriate. Now would not be an appropriate time.”