Benedict Cumberbatch Once Played A Great Saucy French Maid, Apparently
The actor's former drama teacher has spoken about one of his earlier auditions...
You probably know Benedict Cumberbatch best for playing the titular role in BBC One's Sherlock, or perhaps as Alan Turing in the Oscar-nominated The Imitiation Game, so it might come as a surprise to hear that he plays a great french maid.
Benedict's former drama teacher has revealed how the actor showed great promise from a young age, in particular when he auditioned for a somewhat saucy character...!
Martin Tyrell told the Radio Times: "I remember him auditioning very early on for the part of the saucy maid in a farce. It was a small part, involving a feather duster for about ten minutes, but even then in rehearsal he was strikingly mature."
"He took direction, immediately understood the comic requirements of the part and was very, very funny. You wonder where on earth the understanding comes from."
While he believes that Benedict's private education may have hindered, not helped, his career.
"I feel that they are being limited [from playing certain parts] by critics and audiences as a result of what their parents did for them at the age of 13," he explained. "And that seems to me very unfair."
He added: "Going to a major independent school is of no importance or value or help at all... I don't think anyone ever bought an education at Harrow in order for their son to become an actor."