Benedict Cumberbatch is wanted by the boss of EastEnders.

The soap’s executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who appeared in a school play with the Hollywood star, said Benedict would be his dream actor to appear in the BBC soap.

Benedict Cumberbatch



Sherlock star and EastEnders producer went to school together (AP)

Asked about fantasy casting, Dominic said: “I want Ben Cumberbatch to come and do a turn.”

The soap supremo appeared in a school production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It with the Sherlock heartthrob.

He said he remembered running up to his mother at the end of the play and asking her if he was any good. He said she replied: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, you were fine … That’s an actor” – referring to Benedict.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet



Would Benedict trade the drama of Hamlet for the melodrama of Albert Square? (Johan Persson/PA)

Dominic joked that Benedict is “slightly busy” at the moment. He is currently starring in Hamlet at the Barbican in London.

What do you think? Could Benedict be Dirty Den Watts’ long lost son. We bet Sharon (Letitian Dean) wouldn’t mind having him for a brother…