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Benedict Cumberbatch Wanders Around LA, Gets Cameo in The Simpsons

For most people, having business in the same building that The Simpsons is recorded in, incidentally finding out that they were short one voice part, asking if you could do it, and then actually getting to do it would be one of those stories you’d tell triumphantly to every person you met. For Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC’s Sherlock and Star Trek (and also lots of other things, but we highlight the geeky here), it was just another day.

Because that’s precisely how he got a cameo on The Simpsons:

I was at a meeting in the same place The Simpsons is recorded and heard there was a part going in an episode. I said, ‘I hate to muscle in here guys but could I record it?’ Next thing, I’m standing in a room with all those famous voices; Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa.

It’s unclear from Cumberbatch’s statement whether he’ll be playing a Simpsonized version of himself (as sort-of imagined above, outside of his roles in film, the actor is actually blond) or a simple voice cameo as someone other than himself that goes unreferenced by the characters in the show, a tradition made most memorable by South Park‘s tradition of offering A-list actors roles as animal noises.

Either way, he’s got a pretty good pub story. Or at least he would, if he couldn’t also say “I’m Sherlock Holmes, Smaug, and a Star Trek villain.”

(story via the Evening Standard, top pic via Springfield Punx.)


  • Anonymous

    Small correction (since we’re being geeky): Benedict is actually ginger, not blond as you’ve noted above.

  • Anonymous

    These days, I think it would be quicker to make a list of all the famous people who *haven’t* appeared in the Simpsons… I remember when ‘celebrity appears on Fox cartoon show!’ was a big story, but these days they seem to have one every week.

  • Wendy Norton

    Actually no he isnt ginger. He is auburn has he has confirmed on more than one occasion. Watch him in Last Enemy or Fortysomething for his real hair colour.

  • Aika

    I love how he gets roles, you know…. Auditioning through his Iphone… wondering around LA. How cool is he?

  • Anonymous

    I really like Ben, I do.  Have counted myself as a Cumberbabe. (I too thought that would be a better name, or maybe Cumberchick).  But my heart is now taken.  Through his sheer fearlessness, wit, emotional resonance and presence I have to give the honours to ole blue eyes (we know who we mean).  Irish giant although pint sized. If Ben is more reckless with the parts he takes and really puts himself in the firing line, he will share that dubious honour.

  • Keren Chalfont

    he has all hair styles, and i love him, BRAVO!!!!!