I was at university, playing Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus, when my dad told me, ‘You’re better than I ever was or will be. You’ll have a good time doing this. I’m going to support you’. It was a huge thing for a father to say to his son. It was very humbling and moving. One of the reasons I get out of bed in the morning and try to do my best each day is to make them proud.
I nearly cried watching that, I was so proud of them and I was so proud of the reaction they got. They’re brilliant in that and again, I think they’re perfect casting as my parents…they were fantastic and it was lovely, really, really nice to have them on set.
Benedict Cumberbatch on having his parents on Sherlock “The Empty Hearse” (x)
Benedict Cumberbatch’s dad, Timothy Carlton, insisted on wearing the garish red bow tie on the Christmas Day scenes because he says he wears bowties and musical socks at Christmas in real life to embarrass him.