Benedict Cumberbatch’s “twitchy” Fifth Estate performance is ‘brilliant” says David Cameron

The Sherlock star's portrayal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a "fantastic piece of acting" says the PM - although Cumberbatch hasn't always given him such rave reviews

It seems Prime Minister David Cameron is a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch’s work – even if the feeling is not necessarily mutual.


The PM described Cumberbatch’s performance as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in political thriller The Fifth Estate as a “brilliant, fantastic piece of acting”, telling ITV current affairs show The Agenda last night “The twitchiness and everything of Julian Assange is brilliantly portrayed.”

And while Cumberbatch will no doubt be grateful for the positive review, he’s suggested in the past that he doesn’t always feel Cameron has done his job quite so well.

During filming on series three of Sherlock in August, Cumberbatch took advantage of the presence of the paparazzi to ask questions of Cameron and the government about democracy and civil liberties.

Lucky for the PM, then, that reviews of world leaders aren’t generally given a star rating…