When she appeared in Sherlock last January, Wanda Ventham delighted viewers and critics alike. So, any fans – old or new – of Benedict Cumberbatch’s mum will be delighted to hear she’s set for a guest role in Holby City next Tuesday.
The actress, 79, will appear in BBC1’s ongoing hospital drama as Myrtle McKee, treated by Dom (David Ames) and described as “an older lady of voracious appetites” who leads a double life, meeting the needs of her husband before scurrying off to see her lover.
But it’s not the first time a parent of Cumberbatch has appeared at Holby General – Ventham’s husband Timothy Carlton showed up in an episode back in 2011, playing a character named Leslie Clarke-Jones.
Both Carlton and Ventham appeared in Sherlock series three, as their son’s on-screen parents during the first and third episodes, The Empty Hearse and His Last Vow.
The couple also paid a visit to the TV Choice awards earlier this year to pick up Cumberbatch’s best actor prize for his performance as Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.