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Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Sexual Experimentation At All-Boys Boarding School

16/10/2014 09:08 BST | Updated 16/10/2014 11:59 BST

Benedict Cumberbatch has opened up about his previous sexual experimentation, that took place while he was at boarding school.

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The ‘Sherlock’ star makes the revelation during an interview with Out magazine.

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Benedict poses for Out magazine

Speaking of his time at the West Sussex school Brambletye, he states: “While there was experimentation, it had never occurred to me as ‘Oh, this is that.’

“It was just boys and their penises, the same way with girls and vaginas and boobs. It wasn’t out of desire.”

Benedict’s latest film, ‘The Imitation Game’, sees him take on the role of Alan Turing who, after helping to crack the enigma code during World War II, committed suicide after being convicted of “engaging in homosexual relations”.

Earlier this week, the actor launched a tirade against anti-gay extremism, stating: “People are being beheaded in countries right now because of their beliefs or sexual orientations.

"It’s terrifying. It’s medieval - a beheading! I’d take up arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe in what they believed or they would kill me.

“I would fight them. I would fight them to the death."

At present, Benedict is busy filming for a new BBC drama, which sees him take on the role of Richard III.

While ‘Sherlock’ fans have a long wait for the next series of the show, you can catch the actor treading the boards in ‘Hamlet’ at the Barbican in 2015 - if you’re lucky enough to nab a ticket, that is.

Benedict Cumberbatch for Out Magazine

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