It’s no secret Benedict Cumberbatch is a very serious actor (or at least we like to think he is after looking at his résumé). He was classically trained for the stage before becoming a mega star for his roles in cult shows like Doctor Who and Sherlock. And now, he’s showing off those acting chops for a very good cause.
Cumberbatch is partnering with the Omaze for a campaign that benefits the GEANCO foundation to improve education and health in Nigeria. He’s offering to have tea and take selfies with a fan who donates to the cause, and he recorded a very dramatic monologue to promote the giveaway.
Yes, this is Cumberbatch doing a dramatic performance of “I’m a Little Teapot.” And yes, it’s as hilarious as it sounds.
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Only Cumberbatch could make a nursery rhyme sound like a very serious reading. And those vocal warm-ups! This is pure gold.
Plus, the charity is centered on an amazing cause. “Their mission is to save and transform the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Africa,” Cumberbatch explains in the video, “and they’re a charity very dear to my heart.”
The winner of the giveaway will receive a flight to Los Angeles for themselves and a guest, as well as accommodations in a hotel. They’ll get to have tea with Cumberbatch and then attend the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s a pretty sweet prize package, and you can only enter by donating to the Omaze campaign, which is a great cause. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win. Meeting fans and raising money for a cause that really needs it? Cumberbatch is not only a great actor, but a great human being as well.