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Benedict Cumberbatch gave Sherlock second thought

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he nearly turned down the offer to play popular fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, but agreed to it after giving it a second thought.

tv Updated: Jan 20, 2014 19:28 IST

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he nearly turned down the offer to play popular fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, but agreed to it after giving it a second thought.

"My reservation was 'Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it'," Entertainment Weekly quoted Cumberbatch as saying.

"This was before I had had any significant success, (but) I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn't stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So, I did have a pause for thought," he added.

Cumberbatch acts alongside his The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug co-star Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. John Watson in the series.