Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch will host the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 27.

The 2018 Awards in Monaco will be the third time Benedict has hosted the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, having previously hosted the 2014 Awards in Kuala Lumpur and the 2015 Ceremony in Shanghai.

The globally-recognised actor has appeared in a series of highly respected film and TV dramas in recent years, including his famous role as Sherlock Holmes in  Sherlock , playing Alan Turing in  The Imitation Game  as well as a role in Academy Award-winning  12 Years a Slave .  


Laureus nominations for 2018

“As an actor, I am asked to play a variety of characters, from legendary detective, a master of the mystic arts or an enigma code-breaking genius. None of those characters though have helped me discover who the winners will be at this year’s Laureus Awards,” Cumberbatch said.

“All of the nominations are fantastic and, along with a stunning Monaco location, home of the Formula One Grand Prix, I know it’s going to be a very special night.”

Roger Federer has been nominated in both the  Laureus World Sportsman of the Year  and  Laureus World Comeback of the Year  categories Federer is joined by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, athletics world championships 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver medal-winning athlete Mo Farah, four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and French and US Open champion Rafael Nadal in what is expected to be a hotly contested  Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category.