Comic-Con 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch to make first appearance at San Diego convention

The Sherlock actor will be promoting upcoming The Penguins of Madagascar

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Benedict Cumberbatch is to make his first appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con to promote the animated feature The Penguins of Madagascar.

The forthcoming film, due to be released in November, sees the actor voice a character called Agent Classified.

Cumberbatch will serve on a panel hosted by DreamWorks, the film’s production company, alongside John Malkovich, Tom McGrath and directors Simon J Smith and Eric Darnell.

It is also thought the British actor will stay at the convention to lend his support to Peter Jackson when he presents the final instalment of the Hobbit trilogy The Battle of the Five Armies.

The DreamWorks panel is likely to attract droves of Cumberbatch fans queuing around the block when the actor makes his appearance at 11.30am on 24 July.

The 37-year-old has attracted a worldwide fanbase after starring as the Necromancer in the Hobbit trilogy, as well as playing the title role in hit BBC drama series Sherlock.

Cumberbatch was yesterday nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the super-sleuth in Sherlock: The Last Vow.

Comic Con, held annually in San Diego, showcases comic books and science fiction and fantasy films to fans and members of the industry.

Since its inception, the comic book convention has expanded to include the presentation of forthcoming animation films as well.