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Benedict Cumberbatch: Finally I can 'photobomb' myself

Benedict Cumberbatch joked, "Finally I can photobomb myself" after the Sherlock star prepared for his likeness to grace Madame Tussauds in London.

Cumberbatch, who famously "photobombed" stars including U2 on the Oscars red carpet, said it was a "weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax".

Benedict Cumberbatch famously photobombed U2 on the Oscars red carpet.
Benedict Cumberbatch famously photobombed U2 on the Oscars red carpet. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake

"It's an extraordinary experience," he said after sculptors and technicians took dozens of measurements and photographs for the waxwork.

"Also my agents will be thrilled, they've wanted a clone of me for some time," Cumberbatch added.

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Sherlock stars set to perform same Shakespeare role

TV's Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Dr Watson, Martin Freeman, have both been cast in the play's lead role. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire and Ian West/PA Wire

Sherlock co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman look set to deliver rivaling portrayals of Shakespeare's Richard III on screen and stage.

Cumberbatch has been confirmed as the bard's king in BBC Two's second series of Shakespeare's History plays, two days after it emerged Freeman had landed the same role in the West End.

Cumberbatch halts red carpet chat amid star arrival

Benedict Cumberbatch was already caught up in the Oscar "party pandemonium" before he went on to photobomb U2 on the red carpet.

The British actor halted a pre-show interview as a huge roar went up for another star arrival at the Dolby Theater and declared: "This place is crazy."

12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o, who went on to claim the best supporting actress award, and her director, Steve McQueen, also gave their pre-show thoughts, along with Philomena star Steve Coogan.

See: Cumberbatch photobombs U2 on red carpet

Benedict Cumberbatch 'photobombs' U2 at the Oscars

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch brought a bit of British humour to the Oscars red carpet ... by "photobombing" U2.

At first U2 did not seem to notice Benedict Cumberbatch in the background.
At first U2 did not seem to notice Benedict Cumberbatch in the background. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake
Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 on the Oscars red carpet.
Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 on the Oscars red carpet and gets caught. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Sherlock fans eagerly await as cliffhanger to be solved

One of television's biggest cliffhangers since "Who shot JR?" will be solved tonight when millions of Sherlock fans find out how he survived his rooftop leap at the end of Series 2.

Fans tuning in to the last series saw Benedict Cumberbatch's character appearing to lie dead on the pavement ... before resurfacing very much alive and watching over his own grave.

The show's co-creator, Mark Gatiss said, "We knew right from the start how we were going to do it.

"But we had absolutely no idea it would take on the epic proportions it has so that really by the time we came to actually do it we really had to address the fact it had become so huge and there are only so many ways you can jump off a building onto the pavement."

Watch: Sherlock Lives - Series 3 trailer makes a surprise apperance

Sherlock cliffhanger to be solved on New Year's Day

One of television's biggest cliffhangers since who shot JR? will be solved on New Year's Day when millions of Sherlock fans find out how the master detective survived his rooftop leap at the end of the last series.

Fans tuning in to the last series saw Benedict Cumberbatch's character seemingly lying dead on the pavement after tumbling from the top of a building, before resurfacing very much alive and watching over his own grave.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will star in the new series of Sherlock. Credit: Press Association

Since the episode, fans of the show have been debating online how Sherlock was able to fake his own death.

The show's co-creator, Steven Moffat, said making up theories is "much more fun than being told" and his partner on the show, Mark Gatiss, admitted the hype from the fans put pressure on them to come up with a suitable solution.

He said: "We knew right from the start how we were going to do it.

"But we had absolutely no idea it would take on the epic proportions it has so that really by the time we came to actually do it we really had to address the fact it had become so huge and there are only so many ways you can jump off a building onto the pavement."

Sherlock will be screened on BBC 1 at 9pm.

Cumberbatch reveals Assange snub over WikiLeaks film

Benedict Cumberbatch was disappointed that the "revolutionary of journalism" Julian Assange turned down a request to meet him to research his latest role as the WikiLeaks founder in The Fifth State.

Assange, who has been inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than a year to avoid extradition to the US, said he did not want to meet the actor as he believes the film will only help destroy his organisation.

Cumberbatch told BBC1's The Graham Norton Show, to be broadcast tomorrow night, "He is a revolutionary of journalism ... he made us question what the status quo is, the rule of law and power structures that are corrupt or needed exposing.

"He served democracy a great turn I think. WikiLeaks opened a very good can of worms."

Benedict Cumberbatch on 'terrifying' first day filming Star Trek

Benedict Cumberbatch described his first day on set as "terrifying". Credit: Daybreak

Benedict Cumberbatch has described his "10-year-old excitement level" of appearing in upcoming film release of Star Trek Into Darkness.

The Sherlock star told Daybreak: "I loved being part of a huge film. It was the first time that I'd ever had that experience and I relished it."

Mr Cumberbatch called his first day on set of the big budget film "terrifying".

"I was very late casting and flew over not long after getting the role by auditioning on an iPhone.

"I literally got off the plane, jet lagged went straight to the studio and I literally thought at any moment someone would go 'so sorry, it's not worked out. We thought you were the other Benedict.'"

The actor explained revealed his method of eating "4000 calories a day for two to three weeks" and "being able to do handstand press ups" in attempts to get into the role of super villain John Harrison.

Addressing rumours that he could be the next Doctor Who, the 36-year-old said: "Really? Oh no I am not aware of those rumours,other rumours but not that one.

"Let's talk about Bond. No I'm joking!"

Watch the interview in full on the Daybreak website

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