7 Things You Didn’t Know About Benedict Cumberbatch



Elementary, my dear Watson. Yeah, Sherlock never actually said that. Nor was he an expert in deduction, but rather abduction. And he doesn’t have the skills of Bruce Lee, Fedor Emelianenko and Muhammad Ali combined together.

But let’s see what else you didn’t know about Benedict Cumberbatch, currently the world’s most famous detective.

1. He Was Kidnapped

Back in 2005, Benedict was in South Africa filming the mini-series To the Ends of the Earth. To make a long story short, Benedict was changing a flat tire on his car when he was attacked and put into a car. Impressively, he talked his way out of the situation by saying he has problems with his heart and brain, and he’d probably die at any moment.

Nice one Benedict!

2. Best Sherlock Ever!

The hit BBC series Sherlock had nine million viewers in the first season alone. However, Benedict’s performance didn’t only amaze audiences but also Steven Spielberg, who called him “the best Sherlock Holmes on screen”. This is a great honor considering there have been a dozen of Sherlocks throughout the history of cinema.

3. Smaug As A Child

Remember the voice of Smaug, the dragon from Hobbit, who sounded pretty awesome? Well, Benedict used to read Hobbit when he was a child. Interestingly, he read different characters with different voices, meaning he was narrating Smaug’s character before Peter Jackson even thought of making the Hobbit.

4. Elvis Has Left The Building

When he was asked if he could be someone else for one day, whether dead or alive, Benedict chose Elvis saying, “It’s got to be Elvis, the post-war phenomena at the Star Dust in Vegas. Or someone like that.” Well, who wouldn’t like to be the king?

5. Spent A Year In A Tibetan Monastery

Benedict spent seven years… wait, that was Brad Pitt. Cumberbatch spent a year in a Tibetan monastery teaching English to the monks. He went there before he entered drama studies at Manchester University. He was amazed by the monks’ incredible ability to focus and assimilate.

6. Most Fascinating Person In Britain

According to Tatler Magazine, Cumberbatch found himself on the list of Most Fascinating People in Britain in January, last year. We all know he’s pretty amazing, but he was ranked 5th which is even higher than the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.


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  • xXGrizZ

    I like Benedict but Spielberg is wrong; Jeremy Brett is the greatest Holmes ever.

    • ccw1911

      Basil Rathbone


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