I don’t think he’ll be in trouble for the CBE news leaking (if indeed, it’s true). Lenny Henry actually revealed in an interview a few days ago he’d got a knighthood and they’ve said he’s not in trouble for it!. These honours lists always seem to leak to the papers. It was the same in January, so it’s not something unusual. While I think an OBE would be more appropriate right now, I think he will accept, as he is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and it would look a bit strange if he didn’t!.


I think I see a difference….LH getting a CBE and leaking it and people not giving him shit, he comes off as an excited man who never invisioned that to come his way. For BC, it’s basically written in his DNA.


Henry was born Lenworth George Henry in Dudley, Worcestershire (now West Midlands), on 29 August 1958, the son of Jamaican immigrants. One of seven children, he was the first to be born in the United Kingdom He attended St. John’s Primary School and later The Blue Coat School in Dudley before completing his schooling at W.R. Tuson College (now Preston College)


Cumberbatch was born on 19 July 1976 in London, England, to actors Timothy Carlton (né Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham. He grew up in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He has a half-sister, Tracy Peacock, from his mother’s first marriage. 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. Cumberbatch is also a distant relative of King Richard III, the last ruler of the Plantagenet dynasty. Cumberbatch and the king are second cousins, 16-times removed, according to professor Kevin Schürer, who said of the relation, “(Cumberbatch) is linked in several ways, but in terms of number of generations, the shortest is via Richard’s mother, Cecily Neville’s grandmother Joan Beaufort. He also has more in-direct links to both Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Jane Greythrough other ancestors in his tree.”

Exactly and for LH this is his second gong, he’s already a CBE since 1999. BC is an increasingly posho first-timer who deserves an OBE like MG etc., no more. If BC got a free upgrade through his connections he should at least have had the decency to shut up about it like ER did.   

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