Benedict Cumberbatch wants to play Sherlock until he’s an “old man”

"I can't imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock," says the star

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Excellent news for that modest handful of Sherlock fans out there: Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he’d love to play the detective until old age. 

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The actor, who is currently scoring huge critical accolades for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, said that his love for his breakout role in the BBC1 drama is still going strong – and he has no plans of giving it up. 

“If we can keep the quality up, I can’t imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock,” he told Vogue. “I’d love to play him as an old man. I really, really love my job. I love sets. I love crews. I love theatres. I love audiences.”

Luckily for Benedict, a one-off special of the detective drama is currently in the pipeline, although co-creator Mark Gatiss did warn that it might not all end happily. 

“You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure; that’s just how it goes,” he told RadioTimes.com last month.

And as for sneaky fans hoping to read ahead, Gatiss added that Arthur Conan Doyle’s original source material may not be helpful to find out the show’s future secrets.

“It should be clear by now that while, of course, Doyle is our absolute god, we have gone quite a long way away as well – we’ve introduced Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents [for instance], I don’t think they’ve ever been seen in any adaptation – so there are lots of surprises to come.” 

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Whether Cumberbatch himself will be free to make those surprises come to screen, however, is another matter. The actor is currently making waves in Hollywood, with a lead role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie having been widely reported if not yet confirmed.