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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 actor.
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.