Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock Holmes have an IRL Connection

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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2017

Benedict Cumberbatch is an onscreen Sherlock favorite to almost everyone, and it turns out that he has a different role. He might be having a different connection to the popular-world detective. This is according to recent research carried out by, which discovered the direct connection between the Scottish author behind Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Benedict Cumberbatch. According to the research’s findings, Conan Doyle and Cumberbatch are sixteenth cousins.

The Nature of their Relationship

The relationship between the two is linked to King Edward III’s son John of Gaunt. John of Gaunt was born circa 1340. According to researchers, John of Gaunt is the 17th great grandfather of Cumberbatch and the 15th great grandfather to Arthur Conan Doyle making them cousins.

According to reports, John of Gaunt, popularly known as the 1st Duke of Lancaster was King Edward III’s fourth son. Some of his rightful male heirs include Kings Henry VI, Henry V, and Henry IV. Born in 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer and doctor.

Early last summer, the long-awaited filming of The Hobbit was halted to allow the main character, Martin Freeman do a British TV series. According to reports, the whole budget for the Sherlock show might as well include The Hobbit trailer.

It appears Benedict Cumberbatch, who acts as Sherlock will as well appear in The Hobbit starring as Smaug the dragon. According to Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Jackson understands Sherlock and completely loves it. He added that Danny Boyle, David Bowie, and Spielberg also love it and they are all obsessed with it. Sherlock has bouquets and Baftas aplenty, and this can be attributed to its numerous sales all over the world. Moreover, on the eve of its second series return, Sherlock is being marketed as BBC’s New Year gift to the viewers.

Nature of Relationship

About the Show

The show’s impact has been shown to be un-proportional from its three episodes actual footprint, which was broadcasted one and a half years ago. Experts say that the show should have undergone audience-unfriendly scheduling as well as audience-unfriendly formatting because of its mere three episodes as opposed to a longer series. Moreover, it was aired in summer, a period traditionally viewed as a death sentence governed by sadistic schedulers. However, Sherlock turned out to become one of the most distinctive and most likely the best 2010 all-British drama.

Cumberbatch appears to be the most suitable surname in the drama. To some extent, it captures him very well. Throughout the drama, he is a little esoteric, angular, baroque and wordy. Freeman is not happy about the fact that Cumberbatch is the everyman’s chummy in the drama. This simply means that most people like him.

According to Freeman, he had a feeling that the two had something right from the first auditions. He says that Benedict has been generous about their first meeting and they both thought that things would turn out as planned. For some reasons, everything between them worked out just fine, Freeman explains. He adds that everything that complements one another, their similarities and differences totally works out.

In the series, Cumberbatch plays Holmes as a socially and haughty inept detective. On the contrary, Freeman, a practical Dr. John Watson is calm. According to data from some of the recent ratings, the show is currently the most popular drama series in Britain and has sold numerous copies to approximately 180 different countries.

About the Show

The First Sherlock Holmes Stories

The initial Sherlock Holmes stories were published in 1887 by Conan Doyle, and they were approximately sixty of them. The violin playing and eccentric character have for a long time been seen the best fictional detective of all time. Moreover, he has become an inspiration to hundreds of stage plays, TV shows, books, and movies.

According to the, its researchers looked at almost everything including censuses, newspaper announcements, church records, tombstones and land deeds to come up with the link between Conan Doyle and Cumberbatch. This clearly shows that the evidence brought forward about the possibility of the two being related is almost 100 percent.

The relationship between the two is linked to John of Gaunt, who is an English nobleman from the 14th century. According to the records obtained by the researchers, he was the 17th great-grandfather to Cumberbatch and the 15th great-grandfather to Conan Doyle. He was born in 1340 and was King Edward III of England, son. This implies that Conan Doyle and Cumberbatch might have a far away royal connection.

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40-year-old Cumberbatch is well-known for the role he plays in Sherlock, Emmy awards BBC television winning series. Reports now show that he is a 16th cousin to a Scottish author Conan Doyle, who initially came up with the drama approximately 130 years ago. According to the website, their relation is through John of Gaunt, a 14th-century nobleman from England. Records show that he was the 17th great-grandfather and 15th great-grandfather to both Cumberbatch and Conan Doyle. Before coming to this conclusion, the researchers carried out a thorough research on the family’s history.

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