Benedict was a naughty boy and a bit of a tearaway

Benedict Cumberbatch admits that teachers encouraged him to take up acting as a way of calming his boisterous behaviour at school.

‘It was almost like a control thing, to repress the tearaway in me,’ he explains.

‘I was a hyperactive nightmare. I was pretty naughty, I got into fights.’

Benedict even pushed Mary off the stage during his first role as Joseph in a nativity play, much to the amusement of the audience.

‘I didn’t really understand it and I wasn’t intending to play to the house,’ Benedict, 36, tells the Daily Mirror.

‘I was just furious at how self-indulgent she was being.’

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