Radio Times staff
1:57 PM, 14 August 2013
His recent rise to fame may seem meteoric but Benedict Cumberbatch is keen to make it clear he's not an overnight sensation.
"Somebody said to me the other night 'You're an overnight success'," Cumberbatch told US Vogue magazine, "but it didn't happen overnight."
The Sherlock star has a point. Like many aspiring British actors his career began with bit-parts in shows like Heartbeat and Silent Witness. Cumberbatch had TV roles in spy drama Spooks and period tale Tipping the Velvet, too, before seriously impressing as Stephen Hawking in a BBC biopic of the physicist.
Earlier film appearances have included parts in The Other Boleyn Girl and as a memorably up-tight University Challenge team captain in Starter for 10.