Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Living in a stonewall cottage overlooking the sea, in a temperate climate, with lots of kids.
What is your biggest regret?
Do you have a life motto/mantra?
Keep on keeping on.
If you could have been born in a different era, which would it be?
The early 1800’s mainly because it was one of the greatest periods of enlightenment.
You were seen in the front row at London Fashion Week; how would you describe your style? Who are your favourite designers?
Spencer Hart. Sharp and understated
Savoury or sweet?
Depends on the day of the week.
Benedict on Work
Was there a specific moment that you realised you had become famous (e.g. people recognising you in the street, or becoming star struck)?
Not really. I do remember, when Sherlock was being shown, being in my local supermarket taking time selecting a chicken on the fresh meat counter. When I looked up there were three bemused faces looking at me and a lot of nudging in the ribs.
What is the weirdest thing a female fan has ever done?
Throwing a surprise party in my honour at my place of work.
Prior to filming Spielberg’s War Horse, had you ever ridden a horse? Were there any hairy moments?
Aged 12 and not for very long. On a couple of the ‘charges’ during filming, the horses became very over-excited and threatened to bolt.
You have worked with both Danny Boyle and Spielberg; would you like to try your hand at directing in future?
Your father was an actor. Was he your inspiration for pursuing a career in acting?
One of them. The other’s my mother.
Can you give us any sneak previews of what to expect from Sherlock in the autumn?
I’d love to, but I’m sworn to secrecy.
Sherlock Holmes was noted “more popular than Tom Cruise” after you out-rated his appearance on Top Gear. Are there any particular Hollywood actors who you aspire to be like?
Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Benedict on Dating
What is your idea of an ideal date?
Fantastic meal, no washing up! Great conversation, time and enough laughter to get the digestion going.
Can you recall a nightmare date of your past?
One nightmare date, with my ex, was when I became violently ill on the penultimate dinner of a gastro holiday in Cornwall. The most expensive meal, which had been kept for last, was ruined.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for a date, where would it be and why?
Phinda Game Reserve in South Africa. The magic of the bush and the fabulous sunsets and animals.
Characteristics of your ideal woman?
Funny and intelligent.
What do you do on a date to impress the woman?
Behave like a gentleman and make sure my date feels relaxed and happy.