Hundreds of screaming fans welcomed Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet at the gala opening of this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

Speaking at the film’s European premiere (a wet and windy Leicester Square), The Sherlock star described his character of Alan Turing from opening night film The Imitation Game as “an extraordinary man” and is trying not to think about the fact his performance has already been tipped as Oscar winning.

Co-star Keira Knightley and other cast members Charles Dance and Mark Strong also braved the rain to attend the film’s premiere.

Some 248 feature films will be presented over the 12-day festival, which runs from 8-19 October, with the likes of Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Timothy Spall, Sophie Okonedo, Noomi Rapace, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Dominic West and Emily Watson set to walk the red carpet in coming days.

Another WWII drama, Fury (starring Brad Pitt) will close the festival.

Other popular gala screenings include wrestling drama Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell; and Wild, with Reese Witherspoon as a young woman on a gruelling 1,100 mile hike – the screenplay by popular British writer Nick Hornby.

Check out the stars on the red carpet for The Imitation Game: