Interestingly, since 1939, when the character first appeared on the big screen, Sherlock Holmes has been played by 130 actors. But there is no one better than Benedict Cumberbatch who has beautifully personified this complex sociopath. He balances Sherlock’s investigative genius and his social illiteracy with casual perfection, his expressions and dry wit are entertaining and his chemistry with Martin Freeman is remarkable. Sherlock, which currently airs on AXN, every weekend at 11 pm as part of Benedict’s birthday bash, shows him in his best avatar. With the actor turning 42 today (July 19), let’s have a look at a few important facts from his life. .
He signed up for Star Trek into Darkness before he’d even been told who he’d be playing. Instead, director J J Abrams merely pitched the character to Benedict as a mash-up of some of cinema’s greatest villains.
He has a condition called heterochromia that means his eyes are different colours. His irises are a mixture of blue, green, and gold.
During his gap year, he taught English in a Tibetan monastery in Nepal.
Benedict dyed his hair for his role in Sherlock and Star Trek, but his hair is naturally auburn (reddish brown).
He’s not exactly the biggest fan of the paparazzi. In fact, he once stepped out of his home holding up a sign to them reading: ‘Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important.’
Benedict almost turned down the role of Sherlock Holmes, worrying that the remake would be cheap and cheesy.
Both of his parents made cameo appearances in Sherlock, where they played Sherlock’s parents in a scene in Baker Street.
Steven Spielberg has called him ‘the best Sherlock on screen.’
He was once cyberstalked by a fan who live-tweeted his actions as he was doing them at home.