It’s always good to listen to your parent’s advice, but in Benedict Cumberbatch’s case, we’re so glad he didn’t.
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The ‘Sherlock’ star has revealed that his mum Wanda Ventham and dad Timothy Carlton - who are both actors - tried to persuade him to go into law and become a barrister.
Speaking on late-night news show Tavis Smiley, he explained: "[Acting is] a very odd, peripatetic, crazed, out of your control work and social schedule.
“It's very hard to plan a family life, yet alone know where the next pay cheque is coming from so they worked very very hard as my parents, and actors, to afford me an education whereby I had the opportunity and the privilege to try and channel myself towards other goals.
"For a while, I wanted to be a barrister because there's definitely a crossover with criminal law - with trying to persuade an audience and a jury and a judge of the case and your client's story so I did go down that route for a little bit.
“I think they would have been very happy if I ended up there."
The actor went on to reveal that his father changed his mind when he saw his son in a play, whilst he studied drama at Manchester University.
He explained: "Much to dad's amazing selflessness as a man, and I hope to echo that when my time comes to be a dad, he said to me in a car park after a play I'd done at Manchester University, when I was a student there, he said, 'You're better now than I was or ever will be,' which is a huge thing for a man to say to his son.
"He said, 'I think you're gonna have a great career and I can't wait to watch you and support you as you fly'. And I was like, 'My God'. And so, the primary motivation for me in my life is to make them proud."
Altogether now… Naaaawwwwwww.