Benedict Cumberbatch would get bullied in a pub, says EastEnders star Danny Dyer

"I love Benedict. The Imitation Game looks amazing. He couldn't play a kid from a working class estate, but I couldn't do what he does either," adds the actor

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EastEnders’s Danny Dyer has sung the praises of fellow actor Benedict Cumberbatch, but doesn’t believe that the Sherlock star could cut it in a pub.

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Speaking in the new issue of Radio Times, Dyer says: “I love Benedict. The Imitation Game looks amazing. He couldn’t play a kid from a working class estate, but I couldn’t do what he does either. I think I could play Sherlock, though, if I did it my way. Benedict’s brilliant and the lines roll off his tongue, but that role is about being highly intelligent rather than posh. I think I could do Doctor Who as well.”

But when it comes to Benedict holding his own in a boozer, Dyer isn’t convinced. “There’s a niche for what I do. And there’s a demographic for Benedict. But it means that he’s more likely to get roles in Hollywood and I’m more likely to stay living in Debden. In this country, he has got utmost respect, but if he walked into a pub, he’d get annihilated by geezers. He’d be bullied.”

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The full interview with Danny Dyer and a Christmas 2014 preview from EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is in the new issue of Radio Times (out now)