Benedict Cumberbatch is to be immortalised in wax after Madame Tussauds revealed that the Sherlock actor has already posed for two sittings for its sculptors.
The museum said the waxwork will show the actor looking impeccably groomed in a stylish dark suit. Madame Tussauds said his “immaculate red carpet style will be paired with a warm and relaxed expression, and his famous tousled hairstyle”. Work on the figure is already well underway, and the Cumberbatch has been heavily involved with the creation process.
Cumberbatch has given two sittings for Madame Tussauds studios team, during which hundreds of precise measurements and numerous photographs were captured to be used by the sculptors and artists.
“Finally I can photobomb myself!” joked Cumberbatch. “What a weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax. I've been accused of being wooden in my work but never waxy! The main privilege for me was the process and seeing the amount of exacting work and skill brought to every detail of this art form. It is a wonderful combination of old and new, hi-tech and lo-fi skills. Measurements, hand inserted individual hairs and sculpted features. As a subject, you stand still surrounded by sculptors, painters, photographers, measurers and a whole army of people who bring together your likeness... it's an extraordinary experience. Also my agents will be thrilled, they've wanted a clone of me for some time!” added Cumberbatch.
Ben Sweet, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “There is no denying that Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most in-demand actors of the moment.
“We have been lucky enough to work very closely with Benedict and his styling team to ensure that his figure is as realistic as possible. Our guests made it very clear they wanted to see him in the attraction, and we can’t wait for them to meet his figure later this year.”
Cumberbatch’s figure will be the latest British star to join the attraction’s A-list line up, and will take up residence in October, alongside fellow Brits Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, as well as a host of Hollywood names from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp.