Do Tom Hiddleston, Andrew Scott, Ben Whishaw and Cillian Murphy have what it takes to follow the Sherlock actor’s rise through the ranks of Hollywood?
What makes up the winning formula that is Benedict Cumberbatch? That’s the question many an actor is surely pondering as the star of Sherlock continues his meteoric ascent through the ranks of Hollywood. There are a number of obvious factors that come into play – his interesting choice of roles, posh accent, those cheekbones – but then there are those extra special qualities that account for his particularly ardent army of supporters: those impressions of Alan Rickman, his bromance with co-star Martin Freeman, that name we just want to say over and over again. Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch… Ahem.
But, dare we say it, Cumberbatch’s star quality isn’t entirely unique – and there are a fair few young (and not-so-young) Brits snapping at his successful heels. So we thought we’d give them some attention – here are the actors we think have what it takes to “do a Cumberbatch”…
I find this incredibly offensive to Cillian Murphy mostly (as well as to Tom Hiddleston). We’re talking about an actor who’s had great success on stage (Disco Pigs, awards for Misterman), Golden Globe nominations (Breakfast on Pluto), the star of cult classics (28 Days Later)… And then there’s the small fact that he’s the only villain to appear in all 3 Nolan Batman films and is Nolan’s darling (Inception, Transcendence).
And as to the young and British part.
What’s the issue? Cillian is not British, he’s Irish.