Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he very nearly ditched his infamous surname in fear it could ruin his career.
The 38-year-old Sherlock actor has admitted to a group of film critics on Monday that he initially decided to use his middle name.
“I started off as Benedict Carlton, which is my middle name, my grandfather’s name,” he said.
“‘Cumberbatch’ sounds like a fart in a bath…it is even funnier in an English accent.”
We bet his new bride Sophie hunter will be thrilled to hear that.
He added: “But an agent who was wiser than me told me it was a good name.”
Referring to a group of fans who like to call themselves ‘Cumberbitches’, he added: “People have had fun with it, and they continue to!”
Benedict is currently enjoying quite the year after tying the knot with partner Sophie Hunter on Valentine’s Day at a ceremony on the Isle Of Wight in front of just 40 guests.
In keeping with the romantic day, the newlyweds’ first dance was to Frank Sinatra classic ‘My Funny Valentine’.
The couple are also expecting their first child together, due later this year.
Speaking of Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, Benedict was asked if his son or daughter will be taking his second name, to which he joked: “Poor child, I think it will have to. I think that’s the tradition.”
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