Benedict Cumberbatch: Biggest Sherlock shock is Freeman's 'grape eyes'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 March 2013
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has promised fans of 'Sherlock' they are in for a real "treat" when the new series hits TV screens, but admitted the biggest shock for him during filming was finding out his co-star Martin Freeman's eyes look like "grapes"

Benedict Cumberbatch says the biggest shock of filming the new 'Sherlock' series was finding out Martin Freeman's eyes look like "grapes".

The 37-year-old actor - who portrays the titular detective in the BBC One drama series - was stunned to suddenly realise the eyes of his co-star, who plays Holmes' trusty assistant Doctor John Watson, bear a striking resemblance to the fruity berries.

When asked what the biggest shock of the new series is, he replied: "Umm, how much Martin's eyes look like grapes!"

Aside from his excitement about Martin's eyes, Benedict has promised 'Sherlock' fans they are in for a "real stonker" of a season when the show returns after the last series ended with Holmes faking his own death.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2013 at London's Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday (12.03.13), he added: "It was really good fun. It was lovely to be back. You are in for a real stonker of a resurrection; it's going to be a treat.

"I've just turned round from doing other jobs so I'm as fresh to it as people probably would be when they first view it. I'm in a privileged position of getting a head start on you guys but I really recommend waiting. It's going to be great. I'm very proud of what we did."

The 36-year-old star also admitted he has been left "really surprised" about how successful the show has been in the US.

He explained: "I'm in the States a little bit. 'Sherlock' has spread far and wide. I know it's not as big, but it's a huge show and there's lots of people. It's surprised me, really surprised me.

"American fans just love it, they're really into it. They just love all the detail, the relationship between Sherlock and Watson and the sort of family we've created. They're really good fans out there; it's a thrill."

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