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Benedict Cumberbatch loses out on another BAFTA award

Nick Duffy May 10, 2015


Benedict Cumberbatch has missed out on another BAFTA award – just months after losing out for The Imitation Game.

The star – who played gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in the film – lost out on a BAFTA for it in February, when the film came away empty-handed despite nine separate nominations.

Cumberbatch, who tied the knot with Sophie Turner last month, was nominated for Leading Actor again at today’s BAFTA TV Awards for his role in Sherlock –  but again lost out despite being the odds-on favourite.

It’s not the first of the star’s awards woes – with the Imitation Game also leading to disappointment at the Golden Globes.

He also lost out on an Oscar for his role as Alan Turing – though screenwriter Graham Moore managed to pick up the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the Alan Turing biopic.

However, it was not all bad news for Sherlock today – with the show picking up the Radio Times audience award.

Steven Moffat, one of the co-creators of the BBC series, recently confirmed that the character is “not gay” despite extensive hints.

He said: “We walk into that one all the time. It’s a funny thing when a character for over 100 years has been saying, ‘I don’t do that at all.’ He’s been saying it over 100 years!

“He’s not interested in [sex]. He’s willfully staying away from that to keep his brain pure—a Victorian belief, that.

“But everyone wants to believe he’s gay. He’s not gay. He’s not straight.

“And Doctor Watson is very clear that he prefers women. People want to fantasize about it. It’s fine. But it’s not in the show.”

Despite a plethora of nominations, Cumberbatch is yet to pick up a single leading actor award from the BAFTAs, Golden Globes or Academy Awards.

More: Award, Bafta, benedict cumberbatch, golden globe, Oscar, Sherlock, The Imitation Game

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