Benedict Cumberbatch pledges future to ‘Sherlock’

Actor says he's sure that the show 'can continue past series three'

Benedict Cumberbatch has promised that he has no plans to quit his role in Sherlock.

Cumberbatch, who plays the titular role in the updated version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth, has filmed parts in both The Hobbit and the new Star Trek film in the last year and it had been rumoured that he’d been ready to quit the series to pursue his film career.

However, the actor has now said he will “always find time” to star in the BBC series, now matter how busy he gets.

He told TV Line: “It’s something I’m not going to give up on. I love it too much. It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding and such a lovely bunch of people who do it. We love our fans and we love what it’s created. It’s an incredible thing to be part of and it doesn’t happen that often. Don’t worry, it’s not going to disappear.”

Cumberbatch added that he didn’t see why the series couldn’t continue for many years and as they only filmed three episodes each series, that there was no risk of burn out.

He added: “We only do three episodes at a time, so I think the normal fear of over-stretching the mark and just doing too many doesn’t apply.”

He continued: “I’d like to see Sherlock getting older. We’re starting quite young. It’s rare to see Holmes and Watson at the beginning of their relationship; we usually join them in their mid-to-late 40s or 50s. I’ve got a way to go. I mean, I’m only 35.”

New episodes of Sherlock will shoot in early 2013.