TIL In 2005 Benedict Cumberbatch was abducted and held at gunpoint by armed men in South Africa. After being let go he was eventually rescued by a stranger. He commented: "It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It's made me want to live a life less ordinary."

TIL In 2005 Benedict Cumberbatch was abducted and held at gunpoint by armed men in South Africa. ...

'After numerous ransom calls and letters the kidnappers couldn't agree on a spelling of the man's name and had no choice but to let him go.' -My Assumption

Man helped by others believes your on your own.

Poor old Bendybus Crumbletwat, he will forever be mocked for having a stupid name.

A bunch of us came thanks to her too.

I have a girlfriend who had the similar thing happen to in South Africa. She and her boyfriend were both held at gunpoint for several hours by 4-5 masked gunman. They bounded and blindfolded her. And stole every valuable from the room. Then left without raping or killing them. They were extremely lucky. Robberies like this in South Africa end up with murder or assault a lot.

The hotel was a good one but there were on the ground floor. Had no idea how they got through security.

I have a girlfriend

She and her boyfriend

I think I know what you mean but

Man birthed by mother believes he came into this world alone.

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How the fuck can people not spell Benadryl Cuminsnatch.

Since 2001, Cumberbatch has had major roles in a dozen classic plays at the Regent's Park Open Air, Almeida, Royal Court and Royal National Theatres. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his role as George Tesman in Hedda Gabler, which he performed at the Almeida Theatre on 16 March 2005 and at the Duke of York's Theatre when it transferred to the West End on 19 May 2005. This transfer marked his first West End appearance.

Both parents are distinguished British actors. Cute story but his life was "less ordinary" and becoming less and less so long before the event.

Oh you mean Bendadick Comfypuss?

My favorite girlfriends have had boyfriends

Had no idea how they got through security

Security was in on it and was paid a percentage of the take to let them in.

Huh. I came into this world thanks to my mom.

I thought it was Bendherover Cuminhersnatch

Kidnapper- " We have Bendrly Crankerhash and we'll kill him if we don't get 1 million US." Police- " You have who?" Kidnapper- " Banderaid Cucumberdash?" Police- " Who?" Kidnapper- " Benderdash Cutlass-slash?" Police- " I'm sorry, who?" Kidnapper- " never mind we'll let him go."

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The reason would be that being shot is often fatal

I respect the guy and all, but "a life less ordinary"?

Dude was part of high society in England for god's sakes.

Bourgeoisie-Pumpernickel, Cucumber Sha nae-nae O'Conner

Cumberbatch was born at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in the White City district of West London's Hammersmith and Fulham borough,[3] to actors Timothy Carlton (né Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch)[4] and Wanda Ventham.[5] He grew up in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He has a half-sister, Tracy Peacock, from his mother's first marriage.[6] His grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer of both World Wars, and a prominent figure of London high society. His great-grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, was Queen Victoria's consul general in Turkey and Lebanon.[7][8]

Education Cumberbatch attended boarding schools from the age of 8;[9] he was educated at Brambletye School in West Sussex and was an arts scholar at Harrow School.[10][11][12] He was a member of The Rattigan Society, Harrow's principal club for the dramatic arts, which was named after Old Harrovian and playwright Terence Rattigan.[13] He was involved in numerous Shakespearean works at school and made his acting debut as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was 12.[14] Cumberbatch's drama teacher, Martin Tyrell, called him "the best schoolboy actor" he had ever worked with.[15]

After leaving Harrow, Cumberbatch took a gap year to volunteer as an English teacher at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India.[16] He then attended the University of Manchester, where he studied Drama.[17] He continued his training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art graduating with an MA in Classical Acting.[18]

He claims his "posh" background held him back as does Eddie Redmayne. If they consider that to be true, I think many actors and actressed would love to have those "troubles" rather than waiting tables and failing auditions. I mean, what a terrible life living in Chelsea, going to Harrow which is the Cambridge to Eton's Oxford when it comes to private schools, being acclaimed as the best actor in his exclusive drama club, taking a gap year to "find himself" as rich kids are wont to do, then getting into LAMDA before getting into the RSC... what a fucking terrible career path. /s

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He is also related to Richard the 3rd and Alan Turing. So, not exactly from poor stock of no repute.

Perhaps OP is a woman. It is common for women to refer to female friends as 'girlfriends'.

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It's phrased poorly, but I don't see asshole intentions from it. Think he meant the experience of it put social pressures into perspective and made them less of a concern for him.

You missed the point...

Had they fired, he would have died alone for no reason at all.

Moral of both stories is don't go to South Africa?

Am I supposed to be inspired by this story? B/c all it does is make him come off as an asshole.

Imbecile, it's obviously Bradoclavitchasticus Currilancadus.

All his story did for me was remind me that if I get a flat tire in a bad neighborhood, to just drive on the rims until I get someplace safer.

I heard he was 1/8 of a set of Octuplets, but killed and consumed the rest just before birth specifically because he wanted to prove the statement he will make later in life about entering the world alone is true

Jody you son of a bitch I'll kill you!

Crime can happen anywhere, but it's more likely to happen in South Africa. Source, I am South African.

Unarmed men would definitely have trouble holding the guns.

The lesson wasn't that, it was "Stay the fuck away from South Africa"

My favorite girlfriends still have boyfriends

what does the phrase even mean? that you are all alone in the world and you can only rely on yourself?

edit: i think the phrase has many interpretations but for cumberbatch, he meant that before the beginning and after the end of life, there would be nothingness. so he wanted to make his life meaningful since he experienced a lot of regret when he thought he would die. the phrase is sometimes said "we come into the world with nothing."

way to make it about race

Aren't a majority of native English people related to Richard the 3rd? It just gets so diffuse over time.

There's an awful lot of people in China, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc., etc., who would disagree with your statement.

Lives less ordinarily. Becomes sorcerer supreme. I'd say he's doing at least something right





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"Held at gunpoint by armed men", can you be held at gunpoint by unarmed men?

It's true though. You engage with people while living, but you die alone.

David Letter, man.

You're legit discriminated against in South Africa if you're white

That's understandable if you haven't ever had any jarring life experiences.


You could've just said "wrekt".

Not into hentai?

Good to know they have a valid excuse for their racism.

But on the flip side, he would've died alone, too, were it not for the man that saved him. For all of mankind's capacity for evil, there is just as much, or more for compassion

Well there you go, I thought it was Cucumber Bumperbitch

lol, nice.

The majority of rich people aren't white.

White people are only 400-800 million (depending on who you count as white). Humanity has 7.5 billion people.

Of all millionaires only 25-30% is white. But white people still have the highest amount of millionaires per capita.


Found the programmer.

David Letter's top 10 list of how not to spell Benedict Cumberbatch

I heard there are stories of them cutting people's hands off at traffic lights in order to steal their watch. If South Africa's #1 on your list maybe go for plan b instead.

... especially when their name is dogmommy. Unless they're into some weird kinky shit.

A bunch of us came thanks to her too.


Yeah, sorry. *The Earth is round. How can there be a flat?

Ha, exactly. We all have events in our childhood that make us want to be less ordinary. Making those hopes a reality is another matter. His background was so privileged it'd be strange if he wasn't successful.



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