• 'Les Miserables' star Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies aged 21

    Broadway is mourning the sudden loss of one of its rising stars. Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who made history after becoming the first black actor to take the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, died after falling from a fire escape. Aged 21, he signed to the show in May just after graduating with a degree in musical theatre from a university in Ohio. Kyle Jean-Baptiste made history as the first black actor to take the lead role News of the tragic accident was confirmed by production spokesman Marc Thibodeau, who also paid tribute to his talent. "The entire Les Miserables family is

  • Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter's baby name revealed

    Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter have been as discreet as ever when it comes to their newborn son, announcing his birth with the minimum of fuss in June. Now it is being reported that they have named him Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch. Christopher is the name of a character whom the actor portrayed in a Tom Stoppard play. Meanwhile, Carlton is a family middle name given to Benedict himself, his father and grandfather. Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter welcomed their son in June The couple have looked closer than ever since becoming parents, making a loved up appearance a few weeks ago at

  • Benedict Cumberbatch makes appeal on behalf of Syrian refugees

    Benedict Cumberbatch has taken time out of his successful run as Hamlet to support Syrian refugees. He recorded a special message in his dressing room at the Barbican asking for the public to open their hearts and wallets to help those fleeing violence. The video serves as an introduction to a charity single – a reissue of the Crowded House single Help is Coming.The actor's appeal comes after Bob Geldof said he and his wife Jeanne announced they would personally offer shelter to three refugee families. In the recording Benedict said: "As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of