Benedict Cumberbatch says he hopes to house Ukrainian refugees

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch said on Sunday (Mar 13) he hoped to take part in a government scheme to offer Ukrainian refugees somewhere to live.

The new “Homes for Ukraine” scheme will allow members of the public, charities, businesses and community groups to offer accommodation to refugees to come to Britain even if they do not have family ties.

“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,” Cumberbatch told Sky News on the red carpet of the British Academy Film Awards. or BAFTAs, at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Cumberbatch, known for his roles in Sherlock, The Imitation Game and Doctor Strange, was wearing a round badge with the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag on the lapel of his jacket.

“We all need … 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 safety and a haven here for people who are suffering,” he said.

“Everyone needs to do as much as they can … there’s been a record number of people volunteering to take people into their homes, I hope to be part of that myself.”

Cumberbatch is nominated for best actor at the Oscars for his portrayal of a 1920s rancher in The Power Of The Dog. The film picked up two awards at Sunday’s BAFTAs. 

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