Bene­dict: My ter­ror at TV role

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BENE­DICT Cum­ber­batch be­came haunted by the fear of los­ing his new­born son while film­ing his lat­est tele­vi­sion role.

The Sher­lock ac­tor, 41, plays a fa­ther whose lit­tle girl dis­ap­pears in BBC drama The Child In Time.

The one-off show – which airs tonight – has Bene­dict as a chil­dren’s au­thor.

His mar­riage to wife Julie – played by Trainspot­ting ac­tress Kelly Mac­don­ald – comes un­der strain af­ter the dis­ap­pear­ance of their four-year-old daugh­ter.

Just weeks be­fore film­ing started, Bene­dict had his sec­ond son Hal Au­den – now six months old – with wife Sally Hunter, 39.

He ad­mit­ted the tim­ing made de­pict­ing ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare even tougher.

He said: “When you’re deal­ing with the loss of a child it’s dis­tress­ing, I won’t lie. It was an un­pleas­ant place to go to. By cir­cum­stance it hap­pened that my sec­ond boy had been born weeks be­fore, but it’s not a pre­req­ui­site for this role to be a fa­ther.

“If you were a child­less ac­tor try­ing to imag­ine it, you’d have to be made of stone not to feel the enor­mity of what that must be like.” Bene­dict added that mak­ing the drama helped him ap­pre­ci­ate “the joy of re­turn­ing home” to a safe fam­ily.

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