Benedict Cumberbatch admits to seeing a shrink because of Sherlock intensity

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Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted to seeing a shrink because of the intense roles and characters he’s taken on during his acting career.

The Sherlock star is well known for his brooding good looks and dark humour and has become one of the most sought after British actors for both small and large screen projects in recent years.

However playing parts such as troubled artist Vincent van Gogh, intense detective Sherlock Holmes, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and slave owner William Prince Ford in 12 Years A Slave has taken its toll.

Benedict was speaking at Oz Comic Con yesterday when he told fans that he’s had professional therapy to help him cope with some of his darker storylines, though he conceded that his publicist would probably be upset with him for making the revelation.

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One Sherlock fan who was in the audience reported:

“As an actor who delves into other character’s mindsets quite often, he felt it should be a routine thing and he happily assured us that the therapist said he was absolutely fine.”

The onlooker added:

“He wanted to mention it because he belived that there should be more open discussion about mental health.”

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During the panel discussion Cumberbatch also revealed that he would love to rejoin the Star Trek cast again for a sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, in which he played Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman given the alias of Commander John Harrison.

He however made no comment on recent rumours that he’s been approached to join the new Star Wars Episode VII movie.

Cumberbatch fans will have a bit of a wait to see the star returning as Sherlock, as show writer Mark Gattis admitted recently that the next series could easily be two years away from hitting our screens.

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  1. Desirey on April 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Poor Benedict, I can understand the stress he must feel.

    However, if I were him, I would lay off the acting for a bit at least for 6 months to a year. He has been very very busy all this past year and he deserves a break. Actors are not superhuman; they undergo stressful times as well.

    That’s my suggestion.

  2. Tammy on April 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I’m just glad he took a positive route to dealing with stress instead of falling into the drug and alcohol trap so many fall into. He’s a brilliant actor and, by all appearances, a truly nice guy……….glad the therapy helps–I’m looking forward to seeing him onscreen for a very long time!

  3. Louise Di Virgilio on April 6, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I was there when he touched on this issue. He is FINE. Actually a bit more than fine as such a sincere person.

  4. Ali Boelts on April 7, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Those who love watching his portrayals, with their intensity, depth and emotion, will be ever understanding of any needs this gentle should might have to find some distance… I’d rather never see him appear as an actor again, than to risk his mental or physical health.

  5. Trina on April 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I’m glad he talked about it. Stigma is so 40 years ago… It’s ironic that the headline uses the word ‘admits.’ Major fail, there.

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