Benedict Cumberbatch Says He’ll Welcome Ukrainian Refugees into His Home

“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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Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Benedict Cumberbatch wants to open his home to refugees fleeing Ukraine as the Russian invasion continues. He’s also encouraging his famous friends to do the same.

Cumberbatch was on the red carpet at Sunday’s BAFTA Awards when he said he plans to take part in the U.K.’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, which will allow individuals, charities, community groups, and businesses there “to bring Ukrainians to safety—including those with no family ties to the UK,” according to the government program’s website.

Wearing a Ukrainian flag badge on his lapel, the Best Actor Oscar nominee for The Power of the Dog told Sky News: “We all need, as we know, to do more than wear a badge. We need to donate. We need to pressure our politicians to continue to create some kind of a refugee… haven here for people that are suffering.”

He added, “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.”

Those who provide a home or spare room rent-free for a Ukrainian refugee for at least six months will be given £350 (about $457) a month under the Homes for Ukraine initiative, which launched on Monday, March 14.

Cumberbatch earned a Best Actor BAFTA nomination for his performance as a rancher in Jane Campion’s western, which received eight BAFTA noms in all and won for Best Director and Best Picture. Cumberbatch lost to King Richard’s Will Smith.

Before entering the ceremony, Cumberbatch said: “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, and civilians at large who are civilians who are being shelled and shot at and killed and made homeless, without power, without water, without food.”

He continued, “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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