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Benedict Cumberbatch appointed LAMDA president

Benedict Cumberbatch has been appointed president of LAMDA, succeeding Timothy West, who is stepping down after 31 years.

Cumberbatch trained at the London drama school and was involved in the 2013 launch of a fundraising campaign for its new building, which opened last year.

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He said of his appointment: “Having trained at LAMDA, I am thrilled to have been appointed as its new president and would like to thank my predecessor, the great Timothy West, for his remarkable and steadfast tenure.

“It will be an honour to watch the next generation of actors, directors and technicians blossom and grow into outstanding creative artists and theatre professionals through the exceptional training provided at LAMDA.”

LAMDA principal Joanna Read described Cumberbatch as a “fantastic actor who understands his craft and our industry”.

“I know his insights will be terrifically beneficial to students and staff. I am excited to have his support in opening up access to our world-leading conservatoire training,” she added.

Cumberbatch takes over the role from West immediately.

West said: “LAMDA’s president now should, I feel, be a visible and potent power in our profession, and when I heard that Benedict Cumberbatch had accepted our invitation to take over the presidency, I was overjoyed. I wish for him the same pleasure, pride, fellowship and enjoyment that has always been mine as LAMDA’s president.”