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Benedict Cumberbatch oversees civil ceremony of two male friends

25 July 2013
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Benedict Cumberbatch has overseen the civil ceremony of his two friends, Seth Cummings and Rob Rinder, in the sunny island of Ibiza.The Sherlock star officiated at the outdoor wedding, saying that carrying out his pivotal role in the ceremony, which was a first for Benedict, was "a very private, lovely thing to be asked to do.""Of course I'm going to make a joke after it if it goes well — 'I do weddings. Next will be children's parties and bat mitzvahs,'" he said, speaking to The Sun. "It's a mainly Jewish and gay audience so hopefully they will be lenient towards me."

Benedict Cumberbatch, Seth Cummings and Robert Rinder

Benedict flew in to Ibiza on the day of his 37th birthday, and to add to the wedding and birthday festivities, the charming actor had extra reason to celebrate. He had just been nominated for an Emmy for his role in the BBC’s Parade’s End.The touching moment when Benedict officiated at the ceremony was photographed by businessman Ivan Massow and posted on his Facebook account. "The marriage of Seth Cummings to Rob Rinder conducted by the recently ordained Benedict Cumberbatch at the...," tweeted Ivan, and later, a poignant post of, "The moment..." alongside another photo.Benedict looked dapper in a dark suit and white shirt, and read from his notes as the sun shone down on the happy couple and the stunning backdrop of the Spanish cliffs.

The Sherlock star seems to be enjoying his time off from filming for the hit series as he stayed a few more days in Ibiza. Benedict was pictured smiling and looking relaxed at the centre of a group of friends, enjoying lunch by the beach and posing shirtless next to model Katia Elizarova. "I just got the script and it's another early birthday present, because it is amazing," said Benedict, talking about the upcoming series of Sherlock. "We're on Sherlock for four weeks into early September so it's a good time," he added. "It's a very, very exciting time to be me. I'm really lucky."

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