I had to posh up for latest role, says Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

The performances of the entire cast, in particular that of Benedict Cumberbatch, are breath-taking.

'I'm very happy with near-sobriety.

As an Old Harrovian who counts Richard III as a distant cousin, Benedict Cumberbatch gives the impression of inhabiting the narrow end of the class pyramid. 'I know everyone goes on about the posh thing with me - but despite looking it, I am not that class.

He told Vanity Fair past year: 'I went to a very posh public school, second to Eton, yet I had only one friend from the landed gentry. 'The consequences are fairly clearly laid out, ' he told Radio Times.

The Sherlock star is returning to TV screens in his new show Patrick Melrose, in which he plays the title character - a drug-addled aristocratic playboy.

The Sherlock star, who is now appearing in Avengers: Infinity War as Doctor Strange, started his SunnyMarch production company in 2013 and said that diversity is a big priority in terms of how the company is staffed and the focus of the work they produce. "Do I want my friend to be dying of Aids because of a dirty hypodermic?" Nothing about this would induce me to do drugs. Ask what women are being paid, and say: "If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it".

RadioTimes.com has partnered with Sky to offer our United Kingdom users streaming access to the entire first episode of the drama from 2am on Sunday 13th May for FREE!

The father-of-two describes the five-part adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's bestselling books as a real passion project.

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