Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover of Vanity Fair and British GQ

- While filming the BBC mini-series To the Ends of the Earth in 2004, Benedict and costars Theo Landey and Denise Black were stopped by six gunmen after a scuba diving trip. The robbers took their phones and credit cards and forced the actors in the trunk. The robbers stopped under a bridge where the actors were tied up with their own shoelaces and forced to sit execution-style. Eventually the robbers fled the scene and the actors managed to get help.

- Benedict says that horrifying experience helped his intense desire for adventure: "I was definitely more impatient to live a life less ordinary," he says. "I wanted to swim in the sea that I saw the next morning. If you feel you’re going to die, you don’t think you’re going to have all those sensations again—a cold beer, a cigarette, the feel of sun on your skin. All those hit you as firsts again. It is, in a way, a new beginning."

- Benedict on the many of who think his marriage is PR and his baby is fake:  “There are people who believe that my wife is a P.R. stunt and my child is a P.R. stunt,” he says, unsure if he should even be bringing this up—he knows that there’s no arguing with conspiracy theorists. “I think really it’s to do with the idea that the ‘Internet’s boyfriend’ can’t actually belong to anyone else but the Internet. It’s impossible he belongs to anyone but me. And that’s what stalking is. That’s what obsessive, deluded, really scary behavior is.”

- Benedict on the last series of Sherlock: “It might be the end of an era. It feels like the end of an era, to be honest. It goes to a place where it will be pretty hard to follow on immediately. We never say never on the show. I’d love to revisit it, I’d love to keep revisiting it, I stand by that, but in the immediate future we all have things that we want to crack on with and we’ve made something very complete as it is, so I think we’ll just wait and see. The idea of never playing him again is really galling.”

- Benedict on Brexit: “I was in Wales when it happened. And there is such poverty in Wales. There are real problems. Real problems. You know, we used to film in Merthyr Tydfil, one of the most impoverished places in that country, and of course people are angry. Of course people want change. What people are f***ed off about is that they were promised change that won’t happen.”

Vanity Fair
British GQ - 1 & 2