Scoop: Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch Books Dual Guest Role on The Simpsons

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Let’s hope this doesn’t mean Maggie’s binky is about to fall into the hands of Professor Moriarty!

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has booked a dual guest-starring role on The Simpsons‘ upcoming 24th season. Cumberbatch will play both the British Prime Minister and a snake-like character in an episode titled “Love Is A Many-Splintered Thing,” TVLine has learned.

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Cumberbatch first revealed to InStyle magazine that he’d serendipitously worked his way into a gig on the long-running animated series. The actor happened to be taking a meeting at the studio where The Simpsons‘ voiceover work is done, and heard there was an uncast role. “I said, ‘I hate to muscle in here, guys, but could I record it?’ Next thing, I’m standing in a room with all those famous voices: Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa,” he told the publication.

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Comments (30)

  • Just. Brilliant. — from Sherlock, Star Trek villain, to animated Simpsons character – Benedict can do it all! And bully for him, for wanting to!

    Comment by The Dring Librarian (@gwynethjones) – July 9, 2012 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s such an amusing story. I really love him, he’s so talented.

    Comment by Gilda – July 9, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great! He has done many different characters in audio books and radio shows. This is going to be good fun. So looking forward to it!

    Comment by Kim – July 9, 2012 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He was so adorable and shy, asking for the chance to do it. God, I love him.

    Comment by Sue – July 9, 2012 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one who thinks he looks like the guy who played Daniel on Ugly Betty if he was hit by a Mac truck?

    Comment by Jess – July 9, 2012 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How come no one has yet mentioned his great voice? Looks and charm aside (which he has a surplus of both…), he has a voice made for voiceovers. Close your eyes and listen to his voice. It’s amazing…

    Comment by mary – July 9, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Absolutely amazing voice!

      Comment by Renee – July 9, 2012 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Have you ever heard him doing the voice-over for the Jaguar ads? Quite simply ear porn ;)

      Comment by Alex – October 21, 2012 03:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A little Smaug, a little Necromancer, a bit of Prime Minister and a snake. Benedict is such a versatile guy you can’t help but love him.

    Comment by Bec Le Koshak – July 9, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, The Batch as prime minister…

    Comment by babylove0306 (@babylove0306) – July 9, 2012 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d vote for him anytime!

      Comment by Alex – October 21, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So glad for him; he so clearly loves what he does and he is just so bloody good at it and he plays in every medium – stage, tv, movies, radio, animated – lovely man.

    Comment by Lee – July 9, 2012 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds interesting cant wait to see the episode.

    Comment by Aidan Williams – July 9, 2012 03:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will be watching The Simpsons for the first time in at least 20 years just to see/hear Benedict. Love that man.

    Comment by Michelle – July 9, 2012 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Since he has a voice that could get women pregnant, this is great news!

    Comment by Beebus – July 9, 2012 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s got a whole background of doing voices from Cabin Pressure to Jag commercials and audiobooks. The man is fantastic. Go Go Benedict.

    Comment by halfmydadsage (@halfmydadsage) – July 9, 2012 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What Ben looks like helps make it possible for him to do many different roles. As someone who worked with him said he can look older, or younger or handsome, or sometimes not as handsome. We all see how someone looks but would hate to think for anyone to only make that the only thing that they look for or what is important to them in beyond shallow.
    Ben is a great actor and loves what he does and works very hard to do the best he can.
    Other actors appreciate that. Pictures don’t do him justice – unless they are extreme close-ups and they are stunning.

    Comment by Barb – July 9, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve made the loudest, strangest noise. My favorite show and my favorite actor, I’m in heaven

    Comment by Ellie – July 9, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait to see him get that classic yellow tinge!

    He could read me the phone book and I’d be happy; his voice is that mellifluous.

    Comment by JP – July 9, 2012 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I find him to be the so strange looking; he’s kind of featureless. It’s kinda creepy. That being said, I think he’s an awesome actor.

    Comment by Drogonigon – July 9, 2012 09:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I find him so beautiful and incredibly attractive, but you are at least right about one thing, he’s an awesome actor, one of the finest.

      Comment by EMMN – July 10, 2012 02:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree that he’s not what many people would call “classically handsome” like George Clooney or “pretty boy” like Chace Crawford, but he is an attractive package when you look at all the aspects.

      Comment by jess – July 10, 2012 06:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Handsome is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. I like his appearance, but he consistently proves that he much more than a pretty face. He’s very talented, and clearly not afraid to take on a range of projects, from Shakespeare to the Simpsons. :)

      Comment by LadyB – July 10, 2012 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I truly think he;s the greatest actor in the world.

    Comment by guest – July 10, 2012 06:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Benedict Cumberbatch and “the Simpsons”… what a fantastic combination! I will definitely tune in to see the result. He is brilliant.

    Comment by LadyB – July 10, 2012 07:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More Cumberbatch on my telly this side of the pond is a godsend. Thank you TV Gods!

    Comment by M – July 10, 2012 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news. He’s got a gorgeous voice. I can’t wait!

    Comment by marajade – July 10, 2012 11:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just love the simpsons

    Comment by yvonne musa – July 14, 2012 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Today, I went towards the seaside front with my children. I discovered a sea shell and gave it to my four yr previous daughter and stated “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She place the shell toher ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.She by no means wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to inform somebody!

    Comment by hosting – May 16, 2013 06:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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