Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Throw Weight Behind Syria Charity Single

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch received a best actor nomination for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

The actor has lent his support to a charity single aimed at raising money for refugees.

A British charity drive to raise money for Syrian refugees has received a major boost from Sherlock himself.

Benedict Cumberbatch — most recently seen on the London stage playing Hamlet — has fronted the introduction to a short video called "Help is Coming," which accompanies the track of the same name by Australian band Crowded House. The song was originally recorded 20 years ago, but is being re-released via vinyl and as a download to raise money for the charity Save the Children.

The short film, made by Mat Whitecross, features interviews with children fleeing Syria, together with clips of footage of refugee boats reaching land.

"As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safely of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming," says Cumberbatch after reciting lines from a poem by Warsan Shire, a Kenyan-born poet who emigrated to the U.K. as a child.

"It was always a song about refugees even if, at the time, I was thinking about the immigrants setting off on ships from Europe to America, looking for a better life for their families in America," said Crowded House vocalist and founding member Neil Finn

"Help is Coming" is available now on iTunes.

See the video below: