Sherlock actor hates being typecast

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he’s so sick of Brits criticising him for being from a priveleged background that he might pack his bags and go to America.

The actor, who won a huge female following playing Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock, thinks he gets class-typed in Britain.

‘All the posh-bashing that goes on,’ says Benedict, 36.

‘I wasn’t born into land or titles, or new money, or an oil rig.

‘[I’m often] castigated as a moaning, rich, public-school b*stard, complaining about only getting posh roles.

‘It’s just so predictable, so domestic, and so dumb. It makes me think I want to go to America.’

London-born Benedict, whose parents are also actors, went to a prep school in Notting Hill and then attended £30,930-a-year Harrow.

Even though he’s been given some challenging roles in Hollywood, including a part in the new Star Trek flick, Benedict feels that in the UK getting typecast with posh characters is inevitable.

‘I was brought up in a world of privilege,’ Benedict tells Radio Times.

‘Being a posh actor in England you cannot escape the class-typing from whatever side you look at it.’

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