Benedict Cumberbatch Was Almost Benedict Carlton? Wait, What?

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Every time we read the name Benedict Cumberbatch, we imagine Benedict Cumberbatch saying it aloud, and needless to say, we get chills.

It’s a name as enigmatic as the Enigma Machine.

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However, it’s even more chilling to think that we could have easily never known Benedict Cumberbatch as Benedict Cumberbatch.

That’s right, while talking to a group of film critics on Sunday, Benedict dropped some huge news:

“I started off as Benedict Carlton, which is my middle name, my grandfather’s name. ‘Cumberbatch’ sounds like a fart in a bath… It is even funnier in an English accent. But an agent who was wiser than me told me it was a good name.”

Can you imagine all the Carlton dances we’d be doing in a world with Benedict Carlton?

We’re glad his “fart in a bath” of a last name stuck because it really is rather mellifluous.

Feb 18, 2015 7:30pm PDT

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