Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to receive a CBE, according to reportsJamie McDonald/Getty

Benedict Cumberbatch may have had his fair share of snubs at award ceremonies but it seems as if Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of his work.

The Imitation Game actor is set to receive one of the most prestigious accolades an actor can be given – a CBE in line with the Queen's birthday honours on Saturday 13 June.

According to reports from The Sun, the 38-year-old will be given the title for his services to drama after having played the title character in BBC's Sherlock since 2010.

A source commented to the newspaper that the announcement has had a mixed reception from the industry – many believing that while he may be deserving, Cumberbatch might be getting the title too early in his career.

"Benedict is clearly very talented but a CBE is normally those coming towards the end of their careers," an insider stated.

The publication also revealed that the 12 Years A Slave star would have been told that he was receiving the CBE weeks ago.

The full title of the recognition Cumberbatch will enjoy is Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and is awarded to those who have, or have had a distinguished role at a national level in their area of work.

It is a lesser title than a knighthood or damehood, traditionally given to those who have made a longer-running contribution to their field.

While his reward will mainly be in association with his work on Sherlock, Cumberbatch has starred in a number of hugely successful films for which he has received critical acclaim. With his filmography including Atonement, The Fifth Estate, War Horse and The Hobbit series, he has earned himself nods at the Oscars as well as the Baftas, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globes.

As well as news of Cumberbatch's CBE, it was also revealed that comedian and charity campaigner, Lenny Henry will be awarded a knighthood from the Queen on Saturday. Sources have suggested that the accolade would acknowledge his part in founding fundraising event Comic Relief, as well as his work on the programme itself.