Benedict Cumberbatch almost turned down Sherlock Holmes

When Cumberbatch gave iconic detective series second thought.


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Published: Tue 21 Jan 2014, 1:12 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:12 PM

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH SAYS he nearly turned down the offer to play popular fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, but agreed to it after considering it for a while.

“My reservation was ‘Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it’,” Entertainment Weekly quoted Cumberbatch as saying.

“This was before I had had any significant success, (but) I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn’t stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So, I did have a pause for thought,” he added.

Cumberbatch acts alongside his Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug co-star Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. John Watson.

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