It’s 2005, and a group of actors has stopped by the side of the road in South Africa, fixing a flat tire. Little do they know that soon they will be facing huge danger. And one of them, Benedict Cumberbatch, then a rising star, will later reflect on how lucky he was to survive to become Sherlock.
In the early years of the 2000s, Cumberbatch had been making his name largely as a theater actor. In 2005 he received a nomination for a prestigious Olivier Award for his performance in Hedda Gabler. When that play moved to the West End, it marked his debut appearance in the London theater world’s cultural heart. In the meantime, Cumberbatch was also becoming more visible on TV, with his 2004 role in Hawking representing his biggest part so far.