Well, it beats a sick note.
Benedict was nowhere to be seen at the bash at London's Hilton Park Lane so his mum, Wanda Ventham and dad, Timothy Carlton got to enjoy the free bar and take to the stage to collect their son's gong instead.
The 'Sherlock' star won Best Actor for his role as the super sleuth and the series also bagged the Best Drama Series award.
As he collected his son's award, Benedict's father said he'd like to thank Martin Freeman who plays Sherlock's sidekick Watson before joking: "I'm sure if he were here he would wish to thank his parents."
Other winners included 'EastEnders' stars Lindsey Coulson and Danny Dyer, who won Best Soap Actress and Best Soap Actor.
The BBC soap also beat 'Coronation Street' to the Best Soap award.
The BBC's hard-hitting drama, 'Happy Valley' won Best New Drama and Sarah Lancashire bagged Best Actress as policewoman Catherine Cawood.
Ant and Dec also picked up the gold award for their 25 years on TV
TV CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS' LIST
- BEST TALENT SHOW: Britain's Got Talent
- DRAMA SERIES: 'Sherlock'
- REALITY: 'I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here!'
- COMEDY SHOW: 'Benidorm'
- NEW DRAMA: 'Happy Valley'
- ACTOR: Benedict Cumberbatch
- ACTRESS: Sarah Lancashire
- ENTERTAINMENT SHOW: 'Saturday Night Takeaway'
- INTERNATIONAL SHOW: 'Game Of Thrones'
- SOAP: 'EastEnders'
- SOAP ACTRESS: Lindsey Coulson
- SOAP ACTOR: Danny Dyer
- SOAP STORYLINE: Hayley’s Cancer
- SPECIAL GOLD AWARD: Ant and Dec