Benedict Cumberbatch: I’d like to play more stupid characters

The man behind Sherlock and Alan Turing is scouting for characters with a lower IQ...

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Benedict Cumberbatch has made a name for himself playing the cerebral sort – Stephen Hawking, Sherlock, Julian Assange, to name a few. 

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And his latest film, The Imitation Game, sees him take on mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing – yup, the man responsible for creating the earliest computers, and the codebreaker who cracked the Enigma Code and basically won us the war. 

But Cumberbatch is keen to remind us he doesn’t always go for the brainy genius type. “I have played stupid people as well,” he quipped today at the film’s press conference, before joking he’s on the lookout for a lower IQ part in future. “If anyone’s got some more stupid roles out there for me, that would be great.”

The actor, 38, also discussed why it’s taken so long for Turing’s work at Bletchley Park to be acknowledged in public. (A posthumous royal pardon was issued by the Queen in 2013, 59 years after Turing’s death).

“Why the pardon couldn’t have been earlier? I don’t know. I’m not the Queen or David Cameron. Maybe those will be my next roles?

“You’d like to see me in that frock…” he added, before chuckling: “Weird visions going through my head.” Ours, too Benedict. Ours too.  

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The Imitation Game has its UK premiere tonight at the London Film Festival before its release in UK cinemas on 14 November. Read Radio Times’ review here.