Benedict Cumberbatch wraps up as he joins Extinction Rebellion protest

Benedict Cumberbatch has shown he’s behind the Extinction Rebellion cause as he joined protesters on a chilly night of activism in the capital.

The Doctor Strange star was pictured all rugged up posing for photos with those gathered in Trafalgar Square on the third day of two weeks of protests on Wednesday night.

Photos were shared online of the 43-year-old Avengers star – who was looking jubilant in his camel trousers, navy parka, scarf and cap – as XR Richmond-upon-Thames shared a message on Twitter.

‘Our rebels were helping guard the hearse in Trafalgar Square tonight when Benedict Cumberbatch dropped by,’ they wrote, as commenters praised the Hollywood star’s action during the demonstrations.

According to witnesses, Benedict joined those who were spending the night, however it’s said he spent a ‘good couple of hours’ chatting with activists as opposed to camping out.


He was seen happily chatting to rebels who were sitting against a hearse, before posing for photos, as a heavy police presence looked on.

Benedict then had a conversation with the driver of the hearse as everyone looked pretty pleased to have the star on board their cause.

The star is currently in the capital filming as Louis Wain for his upcoming biopic and had one heck of a brave moment on set.

It had been a busy week for the actor, as pictures showed him throwing himself off a London bus in a dramatic stunt scene.

As he collapsed to the floor, the father-of-two stuck up his hands and ended up looking like a tortoise that had flipped onto its back.

The film, which is set in the 19th century, follows the life of the painter, and his partner Emily. Claire Foy will star alongside the popular actor as his on-screen girlfriend.

And, well, now he’s putting himself on the line for the XR.

It comes amid two weeks of protests by Extinction Rebellion in cities around the world, including Sydney, Berlin, Paris, and Amsterdam as they demand urgent action on wildlife and global climate emergencies.

The protests are today entering their fourth day and XR have warned of a ‘Hong Kong-style’ occupation of London City Airport.

Dozens of police officers have arrived at the transport hub ahead of the planned demonstration in the airport’s terminal building. Activists are planning on lying, sitting, or gluing themselves in front of departure and arrival gates.

With a heavy police presence, they have said that if they don’t make it into the building they will block the airport’s access road and DLR station.

The latest protest is against the climate impact of flying and the Government’s ongoing support of airport expansion.

Hundreds of police officers are being drafted in from across England and Wales to help the Metropolitan Police with the protests, as activists have been camped on rounds around Parliament Square and Whitehall since Monday calling for urgent action from leaders.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that 800 people had been arrested since Monday, with another 220 detained on Wednesday.

Metro.co.uk contacted Benedict’s reps for comment.

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