Benedict Cumberbatch -- you know, that tall, angular fellow in 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' 'War Horse' and the BBC's Sherlock Holmes -- says he often gets typecast as rich and upper-class. Cumberbatch told Radio Times, "Being a posh actor in England, you can't escape class-typing, from whatever side you look at it. I realized quite early on that, although I wasn't trying to make a career specialty of it, I was playing slightly asexual, sociopathic intellectuals." That must be why, as his 'Sherlock' co-star Martin Freeman explains, his nickname is "Cumberlord."

In an interview with The Huffington Post, his 'War Horse' co-star Patrick Kennedy described how Cumberbatch's arrogant commanding officer rubbed off on their relationship when the camera wasn't rolling: "We fell into our roles very quickly as a sort of dynamic outside of the film," Kennedy said. "I was the joker, Tom [Hiddleston] was the sort of noble, sincere and heroic one, Benedict was the sort of stern, more pompous one, and we were joking with each other around that dynamic."

Before landing the role of Holmes, Cumberbatch played Scarlett Johansson's unlikable husband in 'The Other Boelyn Girl,' the real culprit in 'Atonement' and physicist Stephen Hawking in a 2004 TV movie.

He's also voicing the villainous dragon Smaug in the upcoming 'Hobbit' films, which stars his 'Sherlock' mate Freeman.

[via Radio Times]

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