"Cumberbatch - it sounds like a fart in a bath, doesn't it? What a fluffy old name. I can never say it on a Monday morning. When I became an actor, Mum wasn't keen on me keeping it."
"I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers. But I’m here to tell you I’m quite the opposite in real life. In fact I’m a f***ing fantastic lover."
|Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock|
|Benedict Cumberbatch in War Horse with Patrick Kennedy and Tom Hiddleston|
He had to learn how to ride a horse for the role. Apparently although he attended the tony Harrow School with the horsy set of the English aristocracy, he had only minimal experience on a horse.
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Paul Marshall in Atonement|
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy|
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Bernard in Small Island|
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Pitt the Younger in Amazing Grace|
|Benedict Cumberbatch in To the Ends of the Earth|
He has done a few more period dramas including Creation, The Other Boleyn Girl, Tipping the Velvet, Dunkirk and Van Gogh: Painted with Words. He also alternated roles in Frankenstein with Jonny Lee Miller for National Theatre Live. They each got to play the role of Dr. Frankenstein and The Creature on different performances.
We look forward to the next season of Sherlock, as well as his voicing of Smaug in The Hobbit and an as yet unnamed bad guy in the new Star Trek film. Rock on Benedict!