If you have been a fan of the novels and short stories on Sherlock Holmes, at some point you must have had doubts about the credibility of the TV show, when it was going to be aired for the first time. But from the moment you saw the very first episode of the show, we bet you were hooked, and all your doubts and reservations about the show were put to rest. This definitely would not have been possible if Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn’t have added so much depth and character to the role of Sherlock. And since then, he has raised the standards of acting and taken the performance art to a new altitude. We all know that from here on it will be difficult for anyone to top that! He is indeed the ultimate Sherlock Holmes.

Today, on his birthday, we bring you some less-known facts about him that every hardcore fan should know! So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to know more.

He almost chose a different profession
Before becoming a successful actor, he planned to become a Lawyer. He also spent a year teaching English in a Tibetan monastery.

When he turned down Sherlock
Yes, that did happen! He did that because he had his doubts about the series. He thought it would end up being cheap and cheesy.

Only one who was asked to audition for Sherlock
Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue first noticed him in the film Atonement. Mark Gatiss vouched for his work and that landed him the audition. And the rest is history!

Change in appearance for the role
For the role of Sherlock, he lost weight and dyed his hair black to match every little detail of the character. Cumberbatch naturally has auburn-colored hair.

Cameo by parents
Both his parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, made an appearance as Holmes’ parents in the first episode of Season 3.

License to perform a wedding
Benedict became ordained in order to marry off his friends, Seth Cummings and Rob Rinder. This so reminds us of Joey from Friends!

Has Heterochromia Iridis
If you stare deep into Cumberbatch’s eyes, you will know that his eyes are actually of two different colorsblue and green. His eyes change color depending upon the light due to this condition.

Attack of the creepy fans
A crazy fan of Cumberbatch actually cyber-stalked him and live-tweeted about his actions at home. How scary is that!

Ancestors’ secrets
Back in the days, Benedict’s ancestors were owners of slaves. He also confessed that his mother encouraged him to drop his last name in order to dodge any negative reactions.

Kidnapping survivor
While filming BBC mini-series To the Ends of the Earth in South Africa, Benedict along with his co-star Denise Black, were kidnapped by a gang of six men. They later managed to argue their way out of it.

Wow, that was something! We hope that we get to see more of Benedict's awesome performances (not just in Sherlock) this year, and for many more years to come. 

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