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Benedict Cumberbatch hints Sherlock will end after fourth season

Benedict Cumberbatch has given the biggest hint the next series of Sherlock will be the last.
The 40-year-old actor has been portraying the legendary sleuth in a BBC adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales since 2010, with a fourth series returning to screens next year (17).
Martin Freeman will also be back as Sherlock’s loveable sidekick Doctor Watson, but Benedict has revealed in a new interview with GQ magazine he may hang up his deerstalker hat after the next season.
“It might be the end of an era. It feels like the end of an era, to be honest. It goes to a place where it will be pretty hard to follow on immediately,” he told the magazine.
“We never say never on the show. I’d love to revisit it, I’d love to keep revisiting it, I stand by that, but in the immediate future we all have things that we want to crack on with and we’ve made something very complete as it is, so I think we’ll just wait and see.”
Despite Benedict’s comments, he added: “The idea of never playing him again is really galling.”
As well as his acting career, which has seen him star in films including The Imitation Game and the upcoming Doctor Strange, Benedict’s strong views about world issues have also kept him in the headlines.
As he performed in Hamlet last year (15), Benedict used his curtain calls to slam the British government for their lack of action when it came to the refugee crisis.
While he was criticised by many for his strong words, the actor insists he doesn’t regret what he said, and frequently has “very strong opinions (about) things that matter.”
However, he admits to being left frustrated if his words are taken out of context.
“I find it frustrating because I do have very strong opinions about things, and I do want to say things that matter, and that are important, and I have to wrench myself back,” he explained.
“Because it’s so easily framed by the right as ‘Booo, who’s he? He’s a hypocrite, he’s an actor, he’s paid tonnes of money, who is he to tell us how to live our lives?'”

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