By Susanna Lazarus
Tuesday 23 September 2014 at 11:55AM
After spending the last two years building a bonafide movie career – alongside his stints as Sherlock – Benedict Cumberbatch is now looking to Shakespeare.
He's already sold out theatres more than twelve months in advance of his appearance as Hamlet in 2015 but, in the meantime, he's taking on another Shakespearean character – Richard III – in BBC2's second cycle of The Hollow Crown.
The production – which begun filming in the UK yesterday – requires Cumberbatch to employ his horse-riding skills and to sport some shaggy locks as Shakespeare's hunch-backed monarch.
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