Benedict Cumberbatch was a “once in a lifetime” find says his drama teacher

"Even as a 13-year-old, he was an outstanding actor – a combination of intuition and intellect"

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s drama teacher at Harrow has revealed that the Sherlock star’s acting ability was striking even at the age of 13. 

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“He was obviously an outstanding actor – a combination of intuition and intellect. It’s probably once in a lifetime that you find a boy actor as magnificent as this,” reveals Martin Tyrell in the latest issue of Radio Times.

“I remember him auditioning very early on for the part of a saucy French maid in a farce. It was a small part, involving a feather duster for about ten minutes, but even then in rehearsal he was strikingly mature.”

Tyrell also reveals that it wasn’t only Cumberbatch’s acting that impressed him, it was also his art. “He painted some magnificent portraits. 

“In fact, I think the artist side of him impressed some people even more than his acting.”

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Read the full interview in the new issue of Radio Times on sale from Tuesday 3rd February