Benedict Cumberbatch: Parents discouraged my ridiculous choice of occupation

Benedict Cumberbatch says he was inspired to become an actor after seeing his mother play, but was disheartened by his parents’ “ridiculous choice of occupation”.

The Sherlock star said he was glad he hadn’t been a child actor, but was now “thrilled” to share his work with his parents, who are both actors.

“I was bitten very early on when I saw my mom play,” he told W.

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The actor said he was inspired to play by his mother but was “happy” that he wasn’t a child actor (Ian West / PA)

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The actor said he was inspired to play by his mother but was “happy” that he wasn’t a child actor (Ian West / PA)

“I was not a child actor, I’m happy. Nothing against people like my good cast members who have been, but I’m glad I had the experience that I had.

He continued, “(My parents) discouraged him, of course they did.

“They were quite old when they let me know it was a ridiculous choice of occupation.”

But describing the moment he revealed his ambitions to them, he said: “There was a moment in a parking lot, I must have been in my twenties; I was in college.

“I played Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, and I went out and said goodnight to them, and daddy grabbed me by the shoulder and said, ‘look, you are better now than I have never been or that I never will be ”.

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Cumberbatch recently starred in Jane Campion's dark 2021 western, The Power Of The Dog, alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee (left) and Kirsten Dunst (right) (Ian West / PA)


Cumberbatch recently starred in Jane Campion’s dark 2021 western, The Power Of The Dog, alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee (left) and Kirsten Dunst (right) (Ian West / PA)

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Cumberbatch recently starred in Jane Campion’s dark 2021 western, The Power Of The Dog, alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee (left) and Kirsten Dunst (right) (Ian West / PA)

“Half of the reason I’m doing this is just to say, ‘It’s going to be okay. I really like it, and this is my job ”.

“I am delighted to show it to them and share it with them. “

Cumberbatch recently starred in Jane Campion’s 2021 dark western The Power of the Dog, alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee and Kirsten Dunst.

The film, which revolves around the relationship between a gruff cowboy (Cumberbatch) and a shy young man (Smit-McPhee) has already won three Golden Globes.

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