Benedict: My terror at TV role
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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