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)