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.
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.”
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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