Benedict Cumberbatch: “I’d hate to think anyone is sick of the sight of me”

Sherlock star says he hopes his varied roles keep the public from thinking they’re seeing too much of him

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he hopes he’s not overexposed himself with the amount of roles he’s taken on. Yes, he realises that sounds dirty. 


“I’d hate to think anyone is sick of the sight of me, although I wouldn’t blame them. It’s just crazy. I’ve overexposed myself! Actually that sounds a bit dirty,” Cumberbatch tells Adelaide’s The Advertiser. 

“I’m proud of every single project. I can genuinely say that it is varied enough, as a slate, to not fear too much overexposure. I just hope the public agree because they are seeing a lot of me.”

Cumberbatch is undoubtedly hot property – although perhaps fans of Sherlock would be quick to suggest more of that on our screens wouldn’t go amiss. 

But of course he’s a busy man. Star Trek, 12 Years A Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have all had Cumberbatch’s name on the cast list. But he seems to be having fun with it. The Oscars photobombing of U2 springs to mind. The actor admits, “It would be really churlish to complain about anything to be honest. I’m very fortunate to be in the position I’m in.”

On Sherlock, the actor says it’s always lovely to return to the role, especially alongside Martin Freeman as John Watson. Of preparing for each series Cumberbatch says, “Physically I do a little swimming and yoga. It sounds funny, but it helps.”

And on the future of the ever-popular BBC One detective drama he says, “I genuinely don’t know. That’s not me trying to be mysterious. None of us know if there will be a fourth, fifth or sixth series.”