Benedict Cumberbatch Shares His Spotify Playlist: From Elbow to Dobrawa Czocher

Benedict Cumberbatch, the BAFTA-winning star known for his roles in ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Sherlock,’ recently shared his diverse music taste with NME. Cumberbatch revealed his latest Spotify playlist, showcasing an eclectic mix of both contemporary and classic tracks.

Cumberbatch highlighted Elbow’s new album ‘Audio Vertigo’ as a current favourite. ‘Guy is a friend, and I love him to bits,’ he said. “And that band is constantly having fun and reinventing themselves. 

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Another artist on his playlist is Polish cellist Dobrawa Czocher, with her 2023 release ‘Dreamscapes’. Cumberbatch praised the album: “It’s the most extraordinary use of the cello as a percussive instrument and everything in between. She uses a loop pedal to create these beautiful, rich, cinematic sound textures. It’s a wonderful thing to bathe in.”

Cumberbatch also delved into how music helps him prepare for his roles. “Creating playlists is a way to get into the headspace of my characters,” he explained. “Music is such an immediate language, a brilliant non-verbal way of understanding a character’s essence—how they dress, move, and think.”

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During the interview, Cumberbatch flicked through his recently played tracks on Spotify, which included:

  • U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’ reissue
  • Max Richter
  • Jon Hopkins
  • Blur
  • Nick Cave’s ‘Ghosteen’
  • Noah Kahan
  • Lo Fidelity Allstars
  • ‘Songs For A Boy’ by Guy Chambers and Cumberbatch’s wife, Sophie Hunter

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