Benedict Cumberbatch at the Global Fund event in London: gorgeous or cheap?

Here are just a few photos of our lovely Benedict Cumberbatch last night in London. He attended “An Evening Celebrating The Global Fund held at Apsley House”. The Global Fund “galvanizes support for the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, working with partners to support the most effective prevention and treatment” – you can see the website here. This event was one of many scheduled to correspond with London Fashion Week, when all of the rich, fashionable people come to London for mostly superficial causes, and so it’s nice to be seen at a charity event. Cumberbatch looks good, although he stole this suit from his Hollywood Reporter photoshoot. Which makes me wonder if he’s cheap. Right? Dear Benedict: you can afford to buy yourself some new suits. Try it.

As for Benedict’s Guardian interview and the politics therein, as many of you noted yesterday, The Guardian had to do a separate post about what Cumby had actually said during the interview and why they played a little fast-and-loose with his quotes. They ended up publishing the transcript from the part of the interview where he discussed Chelsea Manning. You can read the new transcript here – I didn’t really get anything new out of this clarification and it just reminds me, once again, that Benedict can talk and talk and talk. I am disappointed that Ben uses masculine pronouns and refers to Chelsea as Bradley the entire time.

More photos from the same event – I’m including pics of Stella McCartney, Sienna Miller, Colin & Livia Firth (bonus Anna Wintour) and the Beckhams. I wonder who Benedict spent time with? My guess? Colin Firth. They worked together on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. And even though I hate to admit it, I could see him flirting with Sienna Miller too. He would be flattered if any attractive blonde paid attention to him.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Kiddo says:

    Anna Wintour has morphed into a mannequin. Look at the position of her arms and legs. How did they hide the metal rod holding her up?

  2. Anna says:

    I know I am far from the first (millionth) person to say this, but Anna needs new shoes. I will even share mine, with my name-sistah!

  3. Shw says:

    That suit may be the death of me. *fans self. Faints*

    • MBP says:

      I just read that it’s Alexander Mcqueen SS14.

      But I have now closed that tab and have the memory of a gnat, so can’t tell you where I saw that.

      Edit- I looked at these pics again and I think I’m talking rubbish. Ehhhh, they’re both checkered. That’s about the limit of my fashion sense.

  4. T.fanty says:

    I want to be Livia Firth when I grow up.

  5. Birdie says:

    If it’s Spencer Hart, who he wears all of the time, then he’s not cheap.

  6. Lucrezia says:

    That tie doesn’t go with the suit.

    Take it all off, and start over.

  7. Sixer says:

    Tangential comment: I don’t really approve of the Global Fund – it’s basically a mechanism to distribute government aid money and it is inefficient with cash at best and cronytastic at worst. Typical to see a parade of wannabeseens at one of its dos.

    • epiphany says:

      Sing it sister. The only proven method to lift people out of poverty is by making them free of the need for it. Handouts can’t and don’t solve the problem – entrepreneurial capitalism does. After years of trying it the other way, Bono finally saw the light, and is spearheading a program to teach people in developing countries how to start their own businesses and lift themselves out of poverty. The Global Fund is a mechanism for limousine liberals who make millions for doing relatively little work a chance to assuage their guilt by donating some cash.

      • Sixer says:

        I love “limousine liberals” and am stealing it!

        I’m not against handouts per se – I just don’t like to see money wasted and/or fed into the pockets of elite mates.

        Although I do agree about entrepreneurialism. I like the micro-credit innovations (and contribute).

      • T.Fanty says:

        Hm. Inneresting.

        And yes, I concur with the whole perspective on entrepreneurial aspect of giving. But building infrastructure and facilitating self-help isn’t sexy and gratifying, so it’s less likely to get swanky fundraisers.

    • MissMary says:

      Word. It’s one of those groups that, and I love this term you coined and I want to use it often, limousine liberals or hipster liberals want to support and be seen supporting but have no real idea how it functions other than “Hey, famous person, your PR says you should go to this because they give money to people.”

    • Lucrezia says:

      I don’t think it’s any more corrupt than any other international aid organisation. IMO, it was simply more open about it, and thus got a bad rap.

      My problem with it is that it’s a weird mix of diseases/treatments/prevention-strategies. If you want to eradicate malaria, you’d go about it in a completely different way than for eradicating HIV/AIDS.

      Since there’s no overlap, it seems inefficient to tackle all 3 at once. Wipe out malaria (it’s eliminated in several countries, obvious target for world-wide eradication). Then TB. And hopefully by then there’s a HIV vaccine so you can tackle the last one.

      • Sixer says:

        No, I don’t suppose it is. But then, I’m not keen on UNICEF and the like either. Even so, I’m not happy with these huge organisations that take govt aid money and distribute it in inefficient and cronyist ways. It irks me that *I* can’t withdraw from donating because my govt’s aid department is doing it for me (although the UK isn’t as on the hook as many countries). The Global Fund is in charge of vast billions.

        I follow Toby Ord and donate to whatever he and his outfit are recommending ( and I also have a fund at Kiva for micro-financing.

        To me, charitable donations are one strand of an overall ethical purchasing effort. If I check the brand/ethics of a household purchase, it seems odd that I wouldn’t do the same for a charitable donation.

      • Lucrezia says:

        Hmmm. I think I just figured out the difference in our opinion on this one.

        I do judge the ethics/brand of purely charitable organisations the same way you do. Thing is I wasn’t really classing GFATM as a charity. More like a public health service.

        Apparently I’m willing to cut public health efforts a lot more slack than random “eradicate poverty” orgs.

        You’re a Brit … do you give NHS more slack than something like GFAMT? Or are you equally irked by inefficiencies/corruption there too?

        I’m trying to figure out my logic for classing charity and public health differently. Part of it is purely selfish: I’d like to see TB (etc) eradicated so that there’s no chance an immigrant/tourist is going to give it to me. That other part is simply that I rate public health as a really high priority. I’m sure there’s other stuff going on in my head, but I only just realised I was doing this, so I haven’t quite solidified my reasoning.

      • Sixer says:

        Oh, cool question! I was just talking about inefficiencies in the public sector yesterday, with my dad. Privatisation of Royal Mail sparked it off – but the NHS is similar.

        I tend to say that some degree of inefficiency (ie workers get slightly easier lives) is ok, because I don’t think we should all be “flexible workforce” slaves, earning tuppence and with eyes standing out on stalks with the stress of an insecure job.

        On the other hand, I dislike overly bureaucratic hierarchies (typical of the public sector).

        I’m sure I have various inherent biases and inconsistencies. I’ll have to go away and thunk before I can answer properly.

        ETA: I judge the Global Fund as an international financial organisation that has a big representation at Davos. So um… harshly.

    • Maureen says:

      I’m loving ALL these comments about the “limo libs” and their phony “charities” used as a masquerade for high-class parties to get their pictures into the society pages. I am SO glad I’m not the only one who sees through their crap. Disappointed to see Ben hob-nobbing with these horrible people. I wanted to think he’s just a little bit better than this.

      And please don’t ever forget this: These same filthy rich support and fund politicians who want to tax the little people more and more and more “to spread the wealth around” while unemployment lines grow and food prices and gas rise.

  8. Tish says:

    He used proper pronouns in his TIFF interviews.

    Livia’s shoes are fugly. WTH.

    I hope he and Keira get papped while filming Imitation Game. Need to see to see those angular features together!

  9. curlsunited says:

    Georgeous! (Silly question.)

    I like the windowpane suit, though not necessarily the tie. The sleeves are a tad on the short side now. I think he complained at TIFF about the suit being too long in the leg and arms and it felt almost like wearing a train.

    I always enjoy Cumby suit déjà-vus.

  10. malina says:

    I think he reffered to Chelsea as Bradley because at the time which he reffers to ‘Bradley’ was the name and she was known as he back then. In another interview, speaking about Chelsea’s sentence Benedict referred to her ‘she’. Bradley only announced his/her gender identity a day after she (or then still officially he) was sentenced.

    I just felt I need to write this because Benedict seems very thoughtful and I’ve read both interviews and his distinction was perfectly understandable to me.

  11. ag says:

    The suit is nice but jacket needs to be a bit longer but I do like the fabric and he looks handsome. Is it me or do Stella / Gwyneth have the same leg shape (eg Tracey Anderson)

  12. princesslizabeth says:

    Wow, Stella McCartney always manages to look like she’s about to punch someone. Is she someone who just looks nasty, or is she really?

  13. Nana says:

    Why must you post so many pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch? I know you think he is the cat’s meow, but I think he is just ugly!! I could do with one a month,…..

  14. betsy says:

    Benedict always said ‘she’ rather than ‘he’ when interviewed at TIFF.

    There are a number of photos of Benedict with Colin Firth and with his wife Livia on tumblr.

  15. MissMary says:

    His “thing” or “signature piece” now seems to be the McQueen skull ties (and cuff links). I like the idea but I don’t think it goes with that suit (aka the Martin Freeman suit, lol, since MF seems to have one really almost just like it).

  16. Algernon says:

    So Cumby talks and talks and talks and it’s okay, but Tom Hiddleston talks and talks and talks and it’s not okay. Got it.

    For the record, I love them both and think they’re both prone to equal amounts of pretentiousness. It’s just interesting that it’s okay that Benedict can blather on while Tom gets downgraded for it.

  17. GeeMoney says:

    Benedict looks pretty good… I’m not too thrilled with the shoes and the tie, but he at least looks good in his suit.

    A little drool came out of my mouth when I scrolled to the picture of David Beckham. *sigh*

    Sienna Miller looks like crap. And Colin Firth’s wife’s shoes are awesome.

  18. Janey says:

    I always think I’m about to succumb to Cumby fatigue, but then he does something interesting, or funny, or dorky and just like that i’m back in the band. He’s rocking the David Scott-Fowler look a lot, lately –there’s a picture in THR that could be a still from After the Dance.

    • curlsunited says:

      The point is that he never really stops doing something interesting/funny/dorky/stupid/adorable (you name it).

      I’m not an old hand at Cumberbatching, but hey, there was Setlock, Top Gear, Star Trek promo, The Tale of Wanda and Her Owl Collection and Some Other Birds, the yukata, Ibizagate, Redheadgate, the holding up of signs and so on and so forth.

      I agree re. the David Scott-Fowler look. Plus he would be just perfect in Film Noir.

  19. TommyAnnE says:

    Hey! Look at me now! I’m over here wearing my skull tie but I forgot my underwear again (oops.See? It’s not all about HIM you know!

    Cumby, Cumby, Cumby. Everyone just wants to talk about Cumby. *soft tears* *throws self on Thornfield bed, the one with the leopard print sheets*

  20. Beth says:

    He could wear hand me downs and call Manning whatever he wants as far as I’m concerned. He can do no wrong.

  21. Leah says:

    I dunno. He’s been traveling so much and doing so much, I cut him some slack- it’s a suit, it fits okay, why bother getting a bunch when you can only wear them once? He did managed to piece together a few outfits for TIFF… he must be exhausted from the ordeal.

    he does look a little wooden, though. Hrm. Maybe tired, or maybe just sick of mugging for the cameras? He looks good when he’s posing with people! And yes, I’m just waiting for the next blonde industry-ish type to come along. Cumby and his blondes.

    I don’t understand the skull tie thing. But then again, I’m the type of woman who will probably buy my significant other a billion different “novelty” ties and expect him to wear them… luckily, I’m in academia and so is the bf, so it could be written off as the eccentricities of a professor/scientist. we don’t discuss my bow tie kink. heh.

  22. Green Girl says:

    Re: Rewearing a suit

    On the one hand, I rather like it when a celebrity, especially one with more than enough money to buy new suits, tends to re-wear clothes. It’s a normal person thing to do and it’s also frugal.

    On the other hand, BC seems to find an outfit and rewear it a million times. (Exhibit A: That blue-ish grey shirt he has worn EVERYWHERE.) We’ll probably see this suit quite a bit in the next few months, is what I’m saying.

    So, I guess I like it when celebs rewear clothes, but only in small doses.

  23. Miss Scarlet says:

    Cumby surely knows how hot he looks in that suit – I don’t blame him for recycling it.

    For some reason, that pocket square gives me the tingles.

  24. betsy says:

    Perhaps he a bit down because of all the Guardian stuff and the poor reception to The Fifth Estate.

  25. LilyRose says:

    Sigh. David Beckham I had such a crush on him back in the day. Anyway, H7 will rule us all one day.

  26. Maureen says:

    Oh my God, the irony of a bunch of multi-millionaires gathering together in millions of dollars worth of clothes, shoes, food, and expensive adult beverages to get their photos taken for the society pages…while tossing a few dollars to the HIV babies in Africa. And these are the same filthy rich who support politicians who want to tax me and you more and more “to spread the wealth around” while we’re just making ends meet.

    It’s disgusting. It all disgusts me to no end. So sad to see Benedict show up at a farce like this. But at least he showed up in a recycled suit.

    • Mary says:

      +1. Seeing this hypocrisy just makes me very angry and I could never have expressed it in words as well as you did.

    • Kaylie says:

      You’re giving celebs far too much credit, tbh. A lot of them believe they’re doing a good thing up there even though they’re not.

      Usually, they know someone attending, get asked to go to draw attention to the cause and are told it’s for good.

      They don’t really research it unless actually involved beyond a benefit attendance, ie spokesperson, donating objects for an auction, etc. That’s what PR is for (although they may not be involved if a personal friend asked the celeb.)

      That’s why so many of them end up unknowingly involved in shady charities and at dictator’s birthday parties.

      Mind you, I’m not saying Cumberbatch personally is running around with shady charities. He does quite a bit of quiet work with good ones.

  27. Allons-y Alonso says:

    What is it with me and the Batch’s ties? It has little skulls on it!!! It’s TIFF tuxedo tie situation all over again! Keep it on during.

  28. Chrissy says:

    A few things struck me about this:
    1. Whenever Ben has an item of clothing that is pricy or designer he seems to wear the hell out of it. I think that he honestly prefers inexpensive “normal people” clothes, but mixes it up depending on what he’s got in his closet. I wonder if a lot of his more fancy clothes were freebies given to him by the designers to get their clothes noticed? I do remember that his grey cardigan that he was wearing to death was up on some fashion site and was going for more than $350 and I really couldn’t believe at the time that he would spend that on a sweater when so much of his normal wardrobe tends to be casual clothing that he’s had forever.
    2. If I were him and saw all these comments on these different fan pages and forums about him preferring blondes I would go out of my way to date a redhead, brunette, or hell, even a woman with pink hair. It chafes me when people think they have me pegged and always makes me want to do the opposite of what they “know” I’m going to do. Also, not 100% sure why everyone states that he’s into blondes like its a fact. Yes his long time GF was a blonde, but his next public GF was a brunette? I hope Cumby picks his partners based on much more than their hair color.

  29. Maureen says:

    Am I the only one who thinks he’s had his eyebrows waxed for The Imitation Game? His eyebrows are more tapered at the outer parts then they usually are. In fact, they never are tapered, which is why I think they’ve been waxed. Compare it to a picture of him as Sherlock.

    • curlsunited says:

      I didn’t want to elaborate on the eyebrows, as I have said quite enough on that matter. Yes, you are right, they are very un-Cumby-like. Turing eyebrows, I suppose, very neat and weel-behaved.

    • Vesta says:

      His eyebrows do look (once again) different… They’re waxed and also seem to be very controlled with some actual styling wax. It’s interesting how much that affects his whole facial appearence.
      @curlsunited – there’s never too much analysis on his eyebrows (or any other grooming details). Important stuff, methinks ;) (Btw I didn’t have time to comment you earlier, but I’m also going to see NT Live:Frankenstein encore. In my country it’s right after the New Year so a bit more waiting, but it’s very exciting to see Cumby “on theater stage”.)

      • curlsunited says:

        By all means, let’s discuss Frankenstein in January! I still have no clue as to which version I am to see, as cinema staff were unable to tell me (“What do you mean – which version? We only have one version”. At one point I actually asked them if we were talking about the Boris Karloff film).

        I am happy enough that NT Live is going to grace the screen at my local cinema, as I also live outside the UK.

      • Vesta says:

        @curlsunited – I don’t know if you read this thread anymore, but just wanted to say it’s a bit curious why they show only one version. If they showed both I would buy more tickets…
        I already know here it’s going to be Cumby as the monster. Which is gonna be maybe more disturbing (his make-up looks scary). But on the other hand I’m anticipating to see him act in that kind of strange role.

        One part of me (the shallow part?) would like to see him as Victor, but then it might be harder to concentrate on the artistic content. I would probably just admire how damn handsome he looks (which isn’t exactly an unpleasant option…)

        And now I’m actually starting to think it would cooler to not know which version is to come. It would be fun to be just surprised!

  30. betsy says:

    There’s a new photo of him on the Imitation Game set. Far away but you can see he’s wearing a snazzy suit and tie. He and Keira were filming in Chesham today. Are links allowed on here?

  31. grouch says:

    I’m in a mean catty PMSy mood, and am not posting this under my normal handle because I’m always on about body acceptance, and not being critical of the way people look.

    That said, Anna Wintour looks like Andy Dick with a bowl cut, and Sienna Miller has no neck. She looks like one of those Easter Island stone heads.

  32. Mary-Rose says:

    Now Cumby is a man who can wear a suit. (Although I do like his headgear at time)
    On another note, I always envy Sienna’s wardrobe maybe that’s why I’m jealous of her