Benedict Cumberbatch hopes to welcome Ukrainian refugees – Reuters


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Benedict Cumberbatch wishes to welcome Ukrainian refugees.

The 45-year-old star was nominated for the Best Actor gong at the BAFTAs for his role in ‘The Power of the Dog’ and although he’s looking forward to the ceremony, Benedict admits it’s impossible to ignore the war in Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of the event at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday (13.03.22), he shared: “We have brothers and sisters who are hurting.

“It’s a really shocking time to be a European, a two and a half hour flight from Ukraine. It’s something that weighs on us.”

Benoît wants to do everything he can to support the Ukrainian people, following the Russian invasion of the country.

The actor revealed that he would even like to be part of a program to welcome Ukrainian refugees.

He told Sky News: “Everyone has to do their best. I think today already the news broke that there have been record numbers of people volunteering for take people home, and I hope to be a part of that myself.”

Stephen Graham also expressed his support for the Ukrainian people.

The 48-year-old actor insisted the war in Eastern Europe could not be ignored.

Speaking on the red carpet, he said: “It’s nice to be here with my family, but at the same time it’s important for me to acknowledge in public what’s going on there.”

Meanwhile, Sir Kenneth Branagh has spoken out on the war, saying he hopes it will end “very soon”.

The acclaimed filmmaker can see tragic parallels to the conflict in Ukraine and his BAFTA-nominated film ‘Belfast’, which is set amid turmoil in Northern Ireland.

He said: “The situations are completely different but the human costs are the same. It’s painful and tragic to see – I hope it ends very soon.”


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