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Benedict Cumberbatch praises Andrew Scott and David Nicholls in interview for Virgin Radio

During the UK premiere for ‘Eric’, Benedict Cumberbatch got interviewed by Virgin Radio, in which he praised his friends and former co-workers Andrew Scott and David Nicholls, and shared a bit more about ‘Eric’.

Benedict Cumberbatch praises ‘dear friend’ Andrew Scott for Ripley performance – ‘Just extraordinary’

Benedict Cumberbatch has shared the love for Andrew Scott, over a decade on from their infamous face-off on BBC’s Sherlock. 

The two starred in the fan-favourite adaptation series of Arthur Conan-Doyle’s beloved sleuthing series, with Cumberbatch transforming into the consulting detective, with Scott as one of his most-memorable foes, Jim Moriarty. 

Since Sherlock came to an end in 2017, both Benedict and Andrew have gone on to do incredible things, with the former landing roles in the likes of Doctor Strange, Patrick Melrose and The Power of the Dog. The latter has been recognised with BAFTA and Emmy Awards nominations for FleabagAll of Us Strangers and Black Mirror.  

Andrew’s recent turn in Netflix’s Ripley has won him huge praise, and Benedict is one of those fans, who took time to applaud his former co-star while also promoting his own anticipated Netflix series. 

On the red carpet for the UK premiere of gritty thriller asked Benedict about his viewing habits, and he was quick to mention Andrew’s name. 

“Obviously Ripley,” Benedict said straight off the bat. “Because of Andrew, a dear friend, and I’m always just blown away by his artistry and always learning by watching him. 

“I just love the fact I can say he’s a friend and I’m supporting him as well. He’s just extraordinary.”

Ripley is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel, The Talented Mr Ripley, and focuses on a conman who scams his way into a life of wealth in Italy in the 1960s.

Written, directed, and executive produced by Academy Award winner Steve Zaillian (The Irishman, Moneyball, The Night Of) and filmed in all black-and-white, the series follows Tom Ripley (Scott), who is hired by a wealthy man to convince his wayward son to return home from Italy.

It seems the Doctor Strange star was also hooked on another binge-watch favourite – One Day. 

Discussing the rom-com series, adapted from David Nicholls’ best-seller, Benedict added: “I love that book. I love David’s writing. I’ve worked with him on a few occasions now, he’s a bit of a genius and it’s a beautiful realisation of that story.”

Benedict was chatting to all about his upcoming gritty drama Eric, in which he plays Vincent, whose young son Edgar disappears on his way to school in 80s New York. While losing grip on reality in his desperate search, the TV puppeteer tries to recreate a puppet using one of Edgar’s drawings in the hope that putting it on TV will bring his son home.

Benedict told us about first meeting the show’s creator, Abi Morgan, explaining. “I met Abi, and they thought I was going to be the archetypal sort of movie star t****r, I don’t know, they were just very nervous according to what they’ve been telling me. And I hopefully wasn’t that!”

From the event at the Ham Yard Hotel, the actor continued: “I just sat there in awe of Abi’s profound, really entertaining, depth of knowledge. She just contains the Bible of the world of these characters and that era and that story. And also, there was just no question I could lob at her that made me feel unsteady. So you feel very held by that depth of understanding that material someone’s created. Sometimes writers don’t know, and that’s fine. But I had a lot of questions, and also in Lucy’s capable hands as well, just started to swing.”

He added: “Every kind of crisis circling every character, the depth of writing, just got more and more rich better and better and better. And it was a thing. It evolved beyond me initially committing to it.”

Eric launches on Netflix on Thursday 30th May.