Sherlock: Tom Hiddleston reveals he and Benedict Cumberbatch are BFFs

by Anna Howell
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He may only have a handful of friends in the hit BBC detective series, Sherlock, but off-screen it seems that Benedict Cumberbatch has his very own BFF!

According to Marvel star, Tom Hiddleston, he and Benedict have been bosom buddies since 2010, when he played the noble Captain Nicholls in the epic Steven Spielberg directed War Horse, a film based on the 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo, alongside Benedict who played Major Jamie Stewart.

Since then, according to Hiddleston, he and Benedict have remained very close friends, as Hiddleston explained in a recent press conference for his upcoming film, Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak”, which Benedict had originally planned to star in, but had to back out of at the last minute, paving the way for his BFF to step in!

Discussing the friendship, Hiddleston revealed to a reporter from The Star:
“He’s one of my best friends. It’s as simple as that.”

Sherlock boss Mark Gatiss recently spoke out about rumours of Tom joining the cast of the hit BBC show as the third brother, admitting that he would love the handsome actor to take part.

Benedict Cumberbatch has tried his best to live a very private life since finding worldwide fame in the globally popular detective series, despite an ever-growing interest from fans and press alike.

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He is currently about to star in the BBC Two version of Richard III, whilst his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman prepares to star in the same role for a West End production as part of the celebrations to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this month.

Both actors are expected to begin filming for the fourth series of Sherlock next year, whilst Freeman has hinted that a one-off special may be on the cards also.

Hiddleston’s previous credits include The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011), the 2012 BBC series Henry IV, Henry V, and the romantic vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

Watch an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston discussing war Horse in the clip below: