Benedict Cumberbatch reveals he let down his parents by choosing to be an actor… after they ‘scrimped and saved’ so he could attend £12k a term school
Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed deciding to be an actor came as a huge shock to his beloved parents after they splashed out on a lavish boarding school education.
In an interview with The Lady magazine the Sherlock star, 43, admitted his mum Wanda Ventham and dad Timothy Carlton ‘scrimped and saved’ as jobbing actors so he could attend the £12,000 a term prestigious Harrow school.
Benedict is now one of Hollywood’s biggest stars with roles including Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Strange, and went onto admit he is driven to keep working because he wants to make his family proud.
Surprising: Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed deciding to be an actor came as a huge shock to his parents after they ‘scrimped and saved’ so he could attend a £12,000 a term school
Benedict explained that his parents wanted him to go down a different career path as they knew the pitfalls of the acting profession, and sent him to the school so he could become ‘a doctor or a lawyer.’
He added: ‘They scrimped and saved to get their only son the very best education possible.
‘And I took that education threw it all in their face and became an actor anyway.’
Touching: The actor said his mum Wanda Ventham and dad Timothy Carlton ‘scrimped and saved’ as jobbing actors because they wanted him to be ‘a doctor or lawyer’ (above in 1978)
Doting: But Benedict insisted he still strives to make his parents proud, and they have even made cameos in several of his previous works (above with mum Wanda in 2014)
Benedict then explained that at the time his mum worked incredible hard in commercial theatres to ensure the hefty school bills were always paid.
But the Oscar nominee went onto insist he doesn’t take any of his accomplishments for granted, and that he still strives to please his mum and dad even after several years of acting success.
He added: ‘To this day, one of the reasons I get out of bed in the morning is to make them proud of me.’
True: The star said his parents didn’t want him to follow in their footsteps and become an actor as they were aware of the pitfalls (above with father Timothy in 2015)
As well as an army of fans thanks to his role in the BBC series Sherlock, Benedict was nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
On Saturday it was also confirmed that he will reprise his role as Doctor Strange in a sequel to the 2016 Marvel film, which is set to be released on May 7 2021.
Titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the sequel will also see Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch play a larger role, and is expected to be more horror-centric than previous Marvel instalments.
Exciting: On Saturday it was also confirmed that Benedict will reprise his role as Doctor Strange in a sequel to the 2016 Marvel film, which is set to be released on May 7 2021