FANS have accused actor Benedict Cumberbatch of hypocrisy for backing eco protests while starring in adverts for cars.
The Sherlock star, 43, was pictured in Trafalgar Square grinning in front of an Extinction Rebellion hearse and coffin bearing the words: “Our future.”
But he is a “brand ambassador” for MG in India, one of the most polluted countries in the world. One ad shows him in the MG GS, with a 1.5 turbocharged petrol engine, zooming around . . . Trafalgar Square.
He then drives across a clear Westminster Bridge and past the Houses of Parliament — blockaded this week too.
Cumberbatch also fronts a campaign for MG India’s Hector SUV.
More than a million people died in India from air pollution in 2017 — one in eight of all deaths there. Cumberbatch previously starred in Jaguar adverts with the tag line: “It’s good to be bad.”
One Twitter user branded him a “sanctimonious fraud.” Another wrote: “So stupid and shallow.”
On Friday activists blocked the entrance to the BBC’s central London HQ, with some scaling the front.
The two-week climate protest, with 1,100 arrests so far, has also been backed by model Daisy Lowe, comedian Ruby Wax and actors Juliet Stevenson and Mark Rylance.
On Friday night PR guru Mark Borkowski said he was surprised, saying: “It just attracts negativity.”
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