Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘Becoming a dad has brought me closer to my parents’


Benedict Cumberbatch is certain becoming a dad has changed the relationship he has with his parents.

The Sherlock star and his wife Sophie Hunter are rumoured to be expecting their third child after fans spotted a small bump underneath the theatre director’s flowing yellow dress at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles earlier this month (Sep18).

The couple are already parents to sons Hal, 18 months, and Christopher, three, and Benedict is adamant that welcoming his children into the world has brought him closer to his own parents, actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham.

“For years, I assumed my parents to be one thing, but when you have children yourself your perception of them changes, as does the things they have done over the years,’ the 42-year-old shared with the Daily Mail. “You interpret events and actions differently and take a much deeper understanding of what it is they did for you and went through for you. It’s a lovely thing.”

It’s not the only way the British actor feels he has changed since embracing fatherhood. In an interview with British TV host Graham Norton in October 2015, Benedict revealed that he’s made a conscious decision to take on more child-friendly roles since becoming a parent.

He also shared that having his first son had inspired him to have more and he wants a large brood of children in the future.

“I’ve become a father and a husband, and in the right order – just! I might go for a Cumber-batch of boys!…” the actor joked. “I’m always in a rush to get back (home). It’s everything.”