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Benedict Cumberbatch is opening his home to a Ukrainian family: 'I want to give them stability'

'They've made it out of Ukraine, I'm monitoring their progress every day,' the 45-year-old Emmy Award winner revealed.

Benedict Cumberbatch is opening his home to a Ukrainian family: 'I want to give them stability'
Cover Image Source: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the photocall for Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" in Trafalgar Square on April 26, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

Benedict Cumberbatch is stepping up to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing from Russia's ongoing attack on their nation. Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday at the London premiere of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," the 45-year-old Emmy Award winner revealed that he's opening his U.K. home to a Ukrainian family fleeing the war in their country. "They've made it out of Ukraine, I'm monitoring their progress every day," Cumberbatch, who was wearing the Ukrainian flag colors of blue and yellow to the premiere, said of the family he's hosting with the help of the nonprofit Refugees at Home


"Sadly, they are undergoing some medical treatment—to say anything more about that would be an invasion of their privacy, and too much about when they're coming and how that's being managed would invade mine—but I want to give them some stability after the turmoil that they've experienced, and that's within my home," he added. Cumberbatch also revealed that he's been assisting other Ukrainian nationals who are U.K. citizens, whose loved ones are fleeing Ukraine with the cost of housing them in the United Kingdom. "I've been trying to help other Ukrainian families—nationals that are UK citizens—to house their extended families en masse, which you know they want to do, but it's very costly," he said. "So, I've been trying to help out with that financially in a couple of instances."


The "Power of the Dog" actor noted that while the practical help being offered by people in the UK is important, there is still more to be done. "I'm working through a wonderful charity called Refugees at Home, which is a great gateway to the government scheme, but also to offering further wider support that's needed for the psychological trauma that these people are suffering from," Cumberbatch said. "However gentle and generous and welcoming we are as hosts, we don't have the skills of the mental health professions to necessarily deal with those things."


"I would urge people to seek out further help to bolster their efforts, and people are doing an amazing amount—it makes me very proud, very, very proud of our country and very proud of what we can be at our best as a human race," he added. Cumberbatch expressed a desire to house Ukrainian refugees back in March while speaking to reporters on the British Academy Film Awards red carpet where he also implored Hollywood talent to donate and to urge U.K. politicians to create some sort of refugee facility.


"We need to donate," he said. "We need to push our politicians to continue to create some kind of a refugee... haven here for people that are suffering... Everyone needs to do as much as they can. I think already today the news has broke that there's been a record number of people volunteering to take people into their homes. I hope to be part of that myself. While tonight is a celebration, and this may look like tokenism, we're celebrating... pictures. This is what I'm trying to do to show that I'm standing side by side with my brothers and sisters who are going through this, but we all need... to do more than wear a badge."


"We have brothers and sisters who are suffering in our industry who are in Ukraine, or have managed to escape it, whose homes and families are at risk," Cumberbatch added. "Civilians at large... are being shelled and shot at and killed and made homeless, without power, without water, without food. It is a really shocking time to be a European two and a half hours' flight away from Ukraine, and it's something that hangs over us."

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