Benedict Cumber-Bard: The Sherlock star sounds surprisingly like Shakespeare…

Batch meets Bard in the First Folio of Benedict Cumberbatch


Benedict Cumberbatch is doing Shakespeare. Twice…


After dominating our screens last year in Sherlock, Star Trek, 12 Years a Slave and SO much more, the British actor has turned to Shakespeare in 2014, realising a long-held dream of playing Hamlet on the London stage AND depicting Richard III in the BBC2’s Shakespearean history plays (a role also set to be brought to life by his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman at Trafalgar Studios this summer). So. Much. Shakespeare.

But with his dulcet tones and eloquent turn of phrase, Cumberbatch frequently offers nuggets of wisdom reminiscent of the 16th century playwright even when he’s not acting. So, just for you, we’ve collected them together. Presenting… the First Folio of Benedict Cumberbatch:


(The Japan Times, 2014: “I don’t seek. I don’t avoid. I just follow my path.”)


(The Independent, 2008: “Enjoy the journey of life and not just the endgame.”)


(Radio Times, 2011: “The further away you get from yourself, the more challenging it is.”)


(MTV, 2012: “The more charming person is the person who admits the other person is more charming.”)


(The Wall Street Journal, 2013: “Nothing is pre-ordained by plan and you can’t control it”)


(ETOnline, 2012: “When you see a good horseman, you’re unable to tell where the instruction is coming from.”)


(The Telegraph, 2012: “You come into this world as you leave it, on your own.”)


(The Hollywood Reporter, 2013: “You’re looking for the infinite. If you can hold that, if you can remember that in the chaos, [that will] anchor you and give you grace and ease.”)


(The Guardian, 2010: “One of the fears of having too much work is not having time to observe.”)


(The Times, 2007: On theatre: “It’s the best place to be”)