An update on sending fanmail to Benedict Cumberbatch
Recently we have been receiving enquiries asking if it is a good idea to send fanmail to North Gower Street for Benedict during Sherlock S3 filming - the only answer to this is NO.
No. 187 may be the exterior used for 221B, but in reality it is a private residence, including several flats that are home to individuals who have NOTHING to do with the production. If mail starts to land on their doormat for a ‘Mr. B. Cumberbatch’, even if they did realise who it was for they would have no means to pass it on to him and so chances are your letters will only end up in the bin. Similarly, Speedy’s is a café and although the people who run it have embraced Sherlock and are very accommodating to the fans, Benedict’s time is very limited while shooting the few scenes at this location and so probably won’t appreciate receiving lots of fanmail while trying to prepare for a scene when there are official routes to send fanmail via.
The ONLY address your mail is guaranteed to reach Benedict is the following:
FAO: Benedict Cumberbatch
c/o Conway Van Gelder Grant
3rd Floor, 8-12 Broadwick Street
London W1F 8HW, UK
Please note however, that due to his busy schedule, Benedict is unable to reply to each piece of correspondence he receives. We have been given the following information:
As much as he would like to, Benedict is unable to answer mail personally or sign personal items, it would just be impossible due to the overwhelming amount of mail he receives every week. However, it does ALL get read and he does see as much of it as possible and is very grateful for all the lovely gifts, kind comments and support the letters give him. From time to time, a photocopy signature will be sent in reply, but with so much fanmail, it is impossible to guarantee a reply.
Although we have only received enquiries with regard to Benedict, if you would like to send fanmail to any of the other cast members or some of the crew members, you can find the applicable addresses to send correspondence to on their biography pages located in the Behind the Scenes section on our site.
Some slightly different teaser shots from Arwel Wyn Jones to close the week - looks like he has been visiting London ahead of filming and videoing what he found. One location is instantly recognisable, but can you guess where that Phone Box is?
(Hint: We wrote a feature on the location last year, and those notes inside the Phone box should be a giveaway… and no, it ISN’T one of the entrances to the MInistry of Magic!)
Speedy’s Cafe Competition!
Your wrap creation could become the ‘Watson Wrap’ - which will added to the Speedy’s Cafe menu along side the ‘Sherlock Wrap’. For full details click here.
UPDATE: Worth noting the Victoria Line is closed all weekend, so access via that Line on Euston is impossible. The Northern Line via Euston and all lines via Euston Square remain open.
Date: Saturday 31st March, 2012
Place: Speedy’s Cafe, North Gower Street. (Nearest tube station is Euston.)
A meet designed to help promote The Undershaw Preservation Trust! Meet fellow Sherlockian fans, visit filming locations, and help to promote all the great work that the UPT is doing :)
All ages welcome, although we may be visiting a pub or two at some point, so please don’t try to buy alcohol if you’re underage!
A full itinerary will be released nearer the day. Thanks, everyone
Without doubt the most popular and recognisable of all locations associated with the series, North Gower Street doubles as the exterior of Baker Street. No. 187 was the building chosen to represent the famous address and the doorway to 221B is located to the immediate left of the cafe.
But have you every wondered what the real flat looked like inside?
Trivia: The flat is in fact only one bedroom and costs £330 per week to rent.
Images from www.mchughandco.com site which were originally found on this telegraph article.
* The interior of 221B as seen in ‘Sherlock’ is a set located in Cardiff.
THE SHERLOCKOLOGY REVIEW OF 2011
As we come to the end of 2011, we thought it would be fitting to look back on the year whose conclusion will bring us the return of Sherlock to UK screens tomorrow night, and detail the coming about of our website Sherlockology.com, dedicated to this most remarkable series.
Our story, like many Sherlock fans out there, started back in July 2010 when a very exciting trailer was broadcast on BBC One. With a soundtrack of Muse, amidst a backdrop of black cabs, mobile phones and a 21st Century London, a new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, in the form of rising star Benedict Cumberbatch, practically exploded onto our screens. An instant hit and with only three ninety minute episodes to recommend it, it achieved cult status almost immediately, going on to win numerous awards come the awards season this year.
Sherlock’s London - Filming The Reichenbach Fall on location
The city of London is as much a character in Sherlock as John or Sherlock himself. It’s strange when you see the city in real life you become acutely aware that Mycroft’s comments in A Study in Pink are entirely correct - “Most people blunder around this city and all they see are streets and shops and cars, but when you walk with Sherlock Holmes you see the battlefield” - and for us that was never more true than watching the filming for a few days.