Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch reveals carjacking nightmare, and insists he is middle class!

by Anna Howell


Sherlock superstar, Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that his 2000 hijacking experience has left him scarred for life.

The actor, who is currently filming for the third series of the hit BBC detective series, had been filming in South Africa for the TV series To the Ends of the Earth when he, and two co-stars were held hostage in an execution position with duvets over their heads after their car was carjacked.

The three men were eventually let go, released into the night where they found help at a nearby truck stop shop, but the actor has told the Mail on Sunday how the situation still deeply affects him.

He explained:

”[When we were held captive] I had this realisation that it doesn’t matter how loved you are in your life, you die on your own.

”I’ve still got a scar [on my inner wrist] from where I was tied up. It was terrifying. The next morning I woke up as a free man with the sun on my face and I cried. I thought I’d never feel his warmth again.”

If that wasn’t traumatic enough the actor then found himself on a London bus during the 7/7 bombings, of which he said:

”Everyone on my bus was in a state of panic. They had heard about the bomb on the other bus across London in Tavistock Square and started running over each other.

”There were kids, there were women, it was a real fight to get them down the stairs. I staggered out into the street. I was on my way to help a friend with a workshop at the Young Vic theatre and I couldn’t get through to him.

”The phones were jammed. Everyone around me was also talking about massive explosions on the underground.”


Perhaps the reason he was on the bus in the first place was to prove that he isn’t posh, as Benedict Cumberbatch has declared that he is merely middle class!

The star, who is due to star in the new Star Trek movie later this year, says that he finds it “lazy” to create a “private school elite” in acting, saying it was still a meritocracy.

He went on to say that he considered himself “definitely middle class”, despite some critics would always focus on his “wooden-faced, toffee-named, crappy acting.”

The situation got so bad for the star last year he even considered moving to America to avoid it all, saying at the time:
“It’s all so predictable. So domestic, so dumb. It makes me think I want to go to America.”

“People have tried to pull together a pattern because Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Damian Lewis and I were all privately educated. But James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy weren’t and they’re equally talented. It’s just lazy to try and create a private school elite.

“I’m definitely middle class, I think. I know others would argue, but I’m not upper class. Upper class to me means you are either born into wealth or you’re Royalty.”

He then added to the Telegraph newspaper: “Ok, maybe I’m upper-middle class.”

“You either come across as being arrogant and ungrateful if you complain about it, or being snooty and over-privileged if you bathe in it,”