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July 5, 2012

'Sherlock' star Cumberbatch to appear in 'The Simpsons'

Beneditch Cumberbatch lands a chance voice role in an upcoming episode of 'The Simpsons'

'Sherlock' star Cumberbatch to appear in 'The Simpsons'

Benedict Cumberbatch is to make a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.

The Sherlock star landed the voice role in the animated sitcom after a chance encounter with the show's makers in Los Angeles. He told InStyle magazine: ''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.''

The Simpsons, which has run for 508 episodes since beginning in 1989, has become renowned over the years for its celebrity guest stars. Kelsey Grammer has provided the voice of Sideshow Bob in 13 episodes of the show, while Glenn Close, Kiefer Sutherland and George Takei have all made multiple appearances. In recent years, Simon Cowell, Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Katy Perry have all appeared as themselves.

However, several famous names are known to have declined roles on the show, including Prince, Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine and Quentin Tarantino.

Cumberbatch's episode of The Simpsons is likely to air as part of the show's 24th season, which begins in the US in September. The actor, best known for playing the lead in TV's Sherlock, is currently shooting film roles in The Hobbit and the untitled Star Trek sequel. He will next be seen on TV in Parade's End, a World War One miniseries from the BBC and HBO.

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