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.’