Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock costume woes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 January 2012
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted he sometimes finds it difficult to breathe in his tight 'Sherlock' costumes

Benedict Cumberbatch finds it difficult to breathe in his tight 'Sherlock' costumes.

The 35-year-old actor plays legendary detective 'Sherlock Holmes' in the BBC One show and although the series takes place in a contemporary setting, he admitted the clothes he has to wear often leave him feeling restricted.

He told EmpireOnline: "We all put a lot of thought into the outfits. The gloves and scarf were my idea, and the coat was [costume designer] Ray Holman's discovery.

"There's just a clean, linear, functional beauty about Sherlock. There's nothing showy or flamboyant about him. And I get to wear very well-cut, good-looking suits, although there's so little waist that sometimes I can't breathe or digest properly. "

Benedict - who stars in the TV show alongside Martin Freeman as his sidekick Dr. Watson - also revealed Sherlock's outfits have affected what he can and can't wear, as he doesn't want to look similar to the detective in everyday life.

He added: "The sad thing is that I had a coat very similar to Sherlock's before I got the role - it was a present from someone - but I can't wear it out in public now which is sad."

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