Benedict Cumberbatch: In his own words

Starring in no less than three films at the Toronto International Film Festival, the busy British actor reflects on his newfound 'it' guy status and dealing with feverish female fans.

Taking care of business
Fun? I don't think I have time for fun! I'm in the middle of rehearsing The Imitation Game so I just got off a plane from that to come to Toronto for three days and then go back. 

Man of the hour
I just sort of go about and do my job. If I can carry on doing that and the opportunities that I've had recently continue, then I'm made. I'm very, very lucky.

Type cast
I'm very computer illiterate. I interface with easy, user-friendly software on sleek-looking hardware, not really understanding what the workings of computers are. So it was fascinating to explore that aspect of it in The Fifth Estate. There was an education, but not one I took to naturally.


I was really, really lucky to begin in theatre. You have the wonderful, amazing discovery period of a rehearsal time, which is a luxury int he film world.

Take your time
I used to think that I'd get married in my mid-30s and have children. But now I think I can wait. I'm no longer in a hurry to get married. 

Benedict's Roles:

1. The actor is earning Oscar buzz for his turn as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, which required a physical transformation that included contact lenses, false teeth and a white-blond wig. "Weirdly, I quite like it," admits the star of his onscreen do. "Everyone else called me 'the skunk' or 'the badger!'"

2. His performance as the eccentric detective in the ongoing British series Sherlock is hardly elementary - just ask the show's many fans. "Such an extraordinary thing happened with the series: it's become a national obsession. My stock's gone up a bit," he says.

3. Benedict found out he was nominated for a Best Actor Emmy for his role in the miniseries Parade's End in July, the day before his 37th birthday. 

4. Playing the villainous Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness sent Benedict into the blockbuster orbit. "I've just driven past a phone booth with my face, the poster they use of me for the film," he said. "It's amazing."

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