Benedict Cumberbatch sends his parents to collect TV Choice Award

The Sherlock star was absent from last night's ceremony - but Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton were there to "thank his parents" on his behalf

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Benedict Cumberbatch couldn’t attend yesterday’s TV Choice Awards (*sniff*) but instead of letting a night on the razz go to waste, he passed on the invite to his parents – actors Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton. 

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Cumberbatch – who is currently premiering his latest flick The Imitation Game at the Toronto Film Festival – beat David Tennant to win the best actor award for his role as detective Sherlock Holmes. But his absence was remedied by the appearance of the two senior members of the Cumberbatch family who took to the stage to collect his latest piece of silverware. 

“I’m sure if he were here he would wish to thank his parents,” Carlton joked. 

Sherlock also scooped the prize for best drama following the success of series three which screened earlier this year and included cameo appearances from both Ventham and Carlton. The pair – who have both enjoyed long acting careers – played Sherlock Holmes’s fictional parents in the third season opener The Empty Hearse and finale His Last Vow.

“I nearly cried watching it,” Cumberbatch told an audience at a special premiere screening of episode one last December. “I’m so proud of them and I’m so proud of the reaction they got – and I think they’re perfect casting as my parents!

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“It was kind of nerve-wracking. They’re actors, and they get nervous as well, and yet they were brilliant, they hit home runs, they were fantastic and it was lovely – really, really nice – to have them on set… It was really gorgeous, a very special feeling.”