Benedict Cumberbatch Says He’ll Never Leave Sherlock, But I’ma Need It In Writing

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I feel like verbal contracts might be legally binding in the state of New York, but I’d still be more comfortable if we could get the news that Benedict Cumberbatch will never leave Sherlock in writing. Just to make things more official. (I’ve been burned by Dan Stevens before, you see.)

Following the season three premiere in the US this past Sunday night — which apparently everyone but me and four million other people had already watched illegally when it aired in the UK — Benedict appeared on the Television Critics Association winter press tour to answer some questions about the show. And don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers. I’ve come too close to accidentally finding things out myself to subject anyone else to that terror. It’s just normal behind-the-scenes questions and answers,  like when they asked him what kind of an impact playing Sherlock Holmes has had on his life:

“It’s extraordinary. I think a lot of it comes with who [Sherlock] is. He’s a very iconic figure. I feel not an onerous sense of responsibility, but it has to be acknowledged and I feel gratitude that they’re supportive and loyal and committed to something I love doing. And a character I love playing. So, it means a lot to me.”

So much so that he wouldn’t consider leaving the show, even if they did a fourth and fifth season (which are pretty much sure bets, apparently) and maybe even beyond. Here’s what he said when they asked if he’d ever leave if the character became too much for him:

“No. No. No. I don’t think so. It’s a schedule-providing thing. The [producers] probably had a tougher time with it. I play enough other mad people to vary the palate of what I’m scrabbling around in my head as a storyteller. I love it and find it very invigorating. He’s really hard work, [but] I love him to bits.”

Oh and in case the news that Bennybatch is in it for the long haul isn’t heart-warming enough for you, please note that the people who played the Holmes parents on the first episode were Benedict’s real life mom and dad, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton. Pretty adorable surprise, right?

“We kept it secret from everybody. They were trained actors and available.”

This is ideal for me, you guys, because the more comfortable we can make Benedict and Martin Freeman on set, the better. That way they’ll never leave. We already have Martin’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington playing his new fiance Mary Morstan, and now with Ben’s parents on there as well, we should be good to go for at least another couple years.

Sounds great to me, but I won’t be completely satisfied until I have a contract signed in blood.

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    • Jill O’Rourke

      Let’s just go ahead and cast every single one of their family members and friends on the show to be really really certain.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I feel like that’s probably the safest thing to do. I’ll see if I can get Martin Freeman’s kids on the phone.

    • GeorgeY

      Sorry but Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington are not married, they are together but not as husband and wife.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh thanks for clarifying! I’ll fix that right now!

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    • Stacey Judith

      Along with that contract signed in blood, I’d also like a Sherlock styled (jumping off the roof and coming through the window to kiss Molly) kiss!! Any minute now.. My window’s open Benedict!! No more Romeo and Juliet, the new window romance belongs to Sherlock!

    • jfdp

      ok. So we know the name of Benedict’s parents. Whence the Cumberbatch?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s an excellent question…

        According to Wikipedia, Timothy Carlton was Benedict’s dad’s stage name, but his legal last name has always been Cumberbatch.

      • jfdp


      • Alexis Rhiannon

        No problem!

    • Angela Wyman

      Also, worth mentioning in this context; Steven Moffat’s son playing the young Sherlock.