Benedict Cumberbatch – Why I’m not on Twitter

“Just listen to how much I talk,” says the Sherlock star, "tweeting is about being pithy..."

Sorry, but Benedict Cumberbatch is definitely not on Twitter. “No matter who pretends to be me at the moment, I do not tweet, I don’t Twitter, I don’t,” insisted the actor.


“Do you want me to tweet, you lot?” Cumberbatch asked an audience of Sherlock fans on Saturday night. Of course they do, Benedict.

“Why?” asked a baffled Cumberbatch, before answering his own question: “I think the reason why is because I don’t tweet. I think if I did you’d very soon be disappointed because it really is a skill – it’s a skill I genuinely don’t have.”

“Just listen to how much I talk,” continued the Sherlock star. “I’ve already talked over our time [at the Cheltenham Literature Festival] and tweeting is about being pithy.

“I think tweeting would take so many hours of editing I’d be lost for doing my job.”

At least Cumberbatch will never be one of those celebrities who tweets by committee or via a bank of PR advisors. “That – that’s not tweeting,” said Cumberbatch when host and Sherlock co-star Louise Brealey joked “You just need to put a PA on it.”

Not that that’s exactly Brealey’s style either – the actress who plays Molly Hooper in Sherlock is well known for her personality- and opinion-driven tweeting.


“I really just do think people like Louise and [Sherlock co-creators] Mark [Gatiss] and Steven [Moffat]… are really, really actually brilliant [at it],” said Cumberbatch. And with friends like those, who needs Twitter followers?