Benedict Cumberbatch: Looking for love

Aug 24, 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch

In a revealing interview with the magazine this week, the Sherlock pin-up opens his heart to Big Issue readers

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of BBC's Sherlock and set to excite fans again in the forthcoming Parade's End, said:

"I'm building a home at the moment, and it would be nice to fill that home with love and life and children." He added: "I think I have been waiting to do it since I was 12, really?"

Although his role as the moody, trench-coated cerebral Sherlock has made Cumberbatch an international heartthrob status, the 36-year-old actor said there was much more to him.

"I'm a man of the world," he said.  "I like to have a bit of adventure in my life."

He likes to move around London on a motorbike, he added.

Cumberbatch found himself in the media spotlight last week for criticising "all the posh-bashing that goes on" in the UK, declaring that it made him think of moving to the US.

He urged people not to prejudge him based on his Harrow public school education.

"I wasn't really born with a silver spoon in my mouth, or as part of the landed gentry. My parents just worked fucking hard to afford me a very expensive education. I was very aware of it and made full use of it, which is part of why I am doing all right now".

The interest in Cumberbatch's interview has lead to a Twitter-chat onslaught. It has also led to The Big Issue fielding calls from around the globe from Cumberbatch fans desperate to buy a copy of this week's edition.

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For the full interview, pick up a copy of this week's Big Issue magazine. On sale from Big Issue vendors across the UK now.

Parade's End begins on BBC Two tonight (August 24) at 9pm

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