Benedict Mumberbatch! Wanda Ventham to appear on Holby City

The Sherlock actor's mother will guest star in an episode of the BBC1 hospital drama next Tuesday 21st October

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When she appeared in Sherlock last January, Wanda Ventham delighted viewers and critics alike. So, any fans – old or new – of Benedict Cumberbatch’s mum will be delighted to hear she’s set for a guest role in Holby City next Tuesday. 

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The actress, 79, will appear in BBC1’s ongoing hospital drama as Myrtle McKee, treated by Dom (David Ames) and described as “an older lady of voracious appetites” who leads a double life, meeting the needs of her husband before scurrying off to see her lover.

But it’s not the first time a parent of Cumberbatch has appeared at Holby General – Ventham’s husband Timothy Carlton showed up in an episode back in 2011, playing a character named Leslie Clarke-Jones.

Both Carlton and Ventham appeared in Sherlock series three, as their son’s on-screen parents during the first and third episodes, The Empty Hearse and His Last Vow. 

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The couple also paid a visit to the TV Choice awards earlier this year to pick up Cumberbatch’s best actor prize for his performance as Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.