Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch says he isn’t as intelligent as people think!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

He plays one of the most intelligent people ever to grace the streets of London, but Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that people would be surprised at how different he is from his alter-ego, intelligence wise.

The original character of Sherlock Holmes was brought to life in the classic novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as he tackled some of the biggest mysteries of the times, using his razor sharp brain and observation skills to bring justice to the criminals of Victorian London.

Now, based on these novels, writers at the BBC have spun these iconic tales with a modern-day twist to see a new Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, tackling similar crimes set against the backdrop of our 21st century capital city.

So, it is easy to understand why people would assume that Cumberbatch, who has seen global success since starring in the hit BBC detective series, is as clever as his character – but he insists this is not the case!

Discussing the similarities between him and Sherlock in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, he revealed that he was “flattered” by the assumption, but that it was not entirely accurate.

On the subject of the recent comments made by the Star Trek: Into Darkness producer who declared that he was able to bring “any character defined by intellect” to life, Benedict commented:

“I’m very flattered by being thought of as intelligent on screen.

“But should I ever do a Jeopardy!-type quiz show, I think people would soon see the Swiss-cheese holes in my brain.”


Cumberbatch is currently filming for the third series of the hit show, and after a repeat of the series 2 finale on Friday night fans were treated to a first teaser, a video showing Sherlock’s return, to announce the new series – watch it below:

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