Benedict Cumberbatch turned 38 years old on July 19, and his fans showed how much they love him by wishing him a happy birthday.
The greeting, however, was not just any ordinary greeting, as some 113 fans dressed up as Sherlock Holmes showed up to greet Benedict Cumberbatch. They gathered at University College London for the event.
Benedict Cumberbatch, born Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, is most known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television series Sherlock. Known for being Mr. Versatile, Cumberbatch has also portrayed a number of characters including Stephen Hawking, Vincent Van Gogh, Khan in Star Trek Edge of Darkness, and Smaug in The Hobbit.
Apart from his excellent acting skills, it also helps that he has dashing good looks and a sexy accent to go with it.
It was a coincidence that on his birthday, a group of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fans dressed up as Sherlock Holmes in the hopes of setting the Guinness World Record for the most people gathered dressed up as Sherlock Holmes, Metro UK reports.
Dressing up was serious business for all those who gathered. Each person had to have a pipe, a cape, a magnifying glass, and a deerstalker as minimum costume requirements.
The Undershaw Preservation Society, which organized the event, said, “We are all massive Benedict fans so we’re hoping that he spots our birthday message for him and hears about what we’re doing. Everybody in the Sherlock community recognizes that Conan Doyle is the father of modern crime fiction so it’s an important project.”
The Undershaw Preservation Society is also pushing their efforts into preserving the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle located at Undershaw in Hindhead, Surrey. The former home of the writer remains in a neglected state. The society’s goal is to transform Undershaw into a school for disabled children, but the study where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his detective stories will be returned to its original state and will be opened to the public, according to Kildare Nationalist.
A book entitled Two, To One Be was also launched on the same day, and the money raised from the event will all be used for the restoration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s study.
The fourth series of Sherlock has already been confirmed and scripts for the series are being planned. BBC has already announced that filming for the fourth series will begin in January next year, and three episodes will be aired later in 2015.
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