Benedict Cumberbatch who is the Oscar nominee for Best Actor has recently revealed that his family had other career plans for him.
Acting might have been in his blood, but the 'Sherlock' star
Benedict Cumberbatch says his parents didn't want him to become an
The 38-year-old 'The Imitation Game' actor said that
his parents, esteemed theatre actor Timothy Carlton and Wanda
Ventham who has appeared in episodes of 'Only Fools and Horses' and
'The Saint', urged him not to follow their footsteps into acting
and rather become a barrister, reported Daily Express.
"Acting is a very odd, peripatetic, crazed, out of your control
work and social schedule. "It's very hard to plan a family life,
yet alone know where the next pay cheque is coming from so they
worked very, very hard as my parents, and actors, to afford me an
education whereby I had the opportunity and the privilege to try
and channel myself towards other goals," Cumberbatch said.
"For a while, I wanted to be a barrister because there's
definitely a crossover with criminal law - with trying to persuade
an audience and a jury and a judge of the case and your client's
story so I did go down that root for a little bit. I think they
would have been very happy if I ended up there," he added.
Benedict shot to fame for playing Sherlock Holmes and is now getting accolades for his performance in Oscar nominated biopic, The Imitation Game where he plays WWII code breaker, Alan Turing.