Benedict Cumberbatch says becoming a father made him able to play a better Hamlet


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by Hayley Kadrou |
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The one and only Benedict Cumberbatch has gone and melted our hearts once more by being all lovey-dovey over the birth of his new baby boy.

Benedict and his wife, theatre director Sophie Hunter, welcomed their first son into the world in June, and named him Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch. That’s some good alliteration there, guys.

The Hamlet actor recently spoke to Melvyn Bragg on the South Bank Show about taking on the role of Shakespeare’s iconic Danish Prince at the Barbican Theatre in London.

The doting new dad said:

“I've just become a father and I used to think you have to be childless to be a Hamlet. I thought that it may be a difficult ingredient to play with but it's miraculous – as I'm sure you know being a dad – that your thinking about how you were parented shoots up as well."

"So that's all fed into it. It's serendipity though, that wasn't as planned as this was."

Benedict takes on the iconic role of Hamlet 
Benedict takes on the iconic role of Hamlet 

Benedict also explained how taking on the new role of fatherhood as well as Hamlet also left him “tired and hungry.”

(That’s how we feel 95 per cent of the time too, Cumbers.)

Aww. Just when we thought we couldn’t love Cumberbatch anymore…


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