Benedict Cumberbatch confirms Ukrainian family on their way to live with him

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Watch: Cumberbatch waiting for the Ukrainian family to arrive at his home

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he has been matched with a Ukrainian family who are on their way to live with him.

The star of Sherlock and Doctor Strange made headlines in March when he said on the red carpet at the Bafta film awards that he would offer to share his home with refugees fleeing the warzone in Ukraine.

Cumberbatch, 45, has now confirmed to Sky News has been matched, adding: "They've made it out of Ukraine, I'm monitoring their progress every day.

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"Sadly, they are undergoing some medical treatment – to say anything more about that would be invasion of their privacy and too much about when they're coming and how that's being managed would invade mine – but I want to give them some stability after the turmoil that they've experienced, and that's within my home."

Benedict Cumberbatch attends the
Benedict Cumberbatch has said he is in touch with a Ukainian family who are on their way to live with him. (Getty Images)

The Power Of The Dog star has three sons aged between six and three with theatre director wife Sophie Hunter.

Cumberbatch said: "I've been trying to help other Ukrainian families — nationals that are UK citizens — to house their extended families en masse, which you know they want to do, but it's very costly.

"So, I've been trying to help out with that financially in a couple of instances."

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch lives with his wife Sophie Hunter and three sons. (Getty Images)

He went on: "I'm working through a wonderful charity called Refugees at Home, which is a great gateway to the government scheme, but also to offering further wider support that's needed for the psychological trauma that these people are suffering from.

"However gentle and generous and welcoming we are as hosts, we don't have the skills of the mental health professions to necessarily deal with those things.

"I would urge people to seek out further help to bolster their efforts, and people are doing an amazing amount - it makes me very proud, very, very proud of our country and very proud of what we can be at our best as a human race."

Russian president Vladimir Putin began his military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, prompting hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to attempt to flee the country.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Benedict Cumberbatch during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.
Benedict Cumberbatch said he is working with Refugees at Home to offer the family who stay with him mental health support. (PA)

Housing secretary Michael Gove has announced the Homes for Ukraine scheme, under which people can nominate an individual or family fleeing the Ukraine to stay in their home for up to six months.

He added households will be offered £350 a month to help with the costs.

Read more: Chris Tarrant has Ukrainian family with young baby living with him

Former Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant recently revealed he already has a refugee family from Ukraine living with him in his home.

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