Benedict Cumberbatch reveals he hasn't voted for Judge Rinder on Strictly: 'When it gets crucial, I'll vote for him'

Gemma Strong

Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted that he hasn't yet voted for Judge Rob Rinder on Strictly Come Dancing. The actor made his confession during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show this week, when he was asked about his friend's appearance on the BBC One dance competition.

"He is extraordinary," Benedict, 40, commented. "I had no idea he could dance like that. To see a dear friend do something so unexpectedly brilliant like that fills me with pride. When it gets crucial, I'll vote for him!"


Benedict Cumberbatch reveals he hasn't yet voted for friend Judge Rinder in Strictly

Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted he hasn't yet voted for friend Rob Rinder

Benedict and Judge Rinder have been close for a number of years. They first met as students at Manchester University, and Benedict even had the honour of officiating at Rob's wedding to Seth Cummings in Ibiza in 2013. In return, Rob was one of Benedict's three best men when he tied the knot with Sophie Hunter last year.

Talking about their friendship, and the moment he married the TV star, Benedict added: "I performed at his marriage ceremony in Ibiza for him and his partner. I am sure it is legitimate!"

Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter expecting their second child

The star with his wife Sophie Hunter, who is expecting their second child

Benedict has been vocal in his support of Rob ever since Strictly started last month. During an appearance on This Morning on Wednesday, the Sherlock star told Alison Hammond: "I’' so proud of him! I watched a bit of Judge Rinder but I know Rob Rinder and watching him on this is just phenomenal."

But despite seeing his friend impress on the BBC show, alongside his professional dance partner Oksana Platero, Benedict ruled out competing on Strictly Come Dancing himself.  

"I am nowhere near their standard [of dancing] so I think I'll give that a miss for now," he said.

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