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This was surely only a matter of time, but Benedict Cumberbatch is set to appear in a future episode of The Simpsons. This, after his appearance in the next Star Trek movie, and The Hobbit, surely secures his place as the premier British Hollywood player of the moment.

However, he was not written in to appear as either himself or a variant on his Sherlock character (whose name escapes me for a moment). The casting was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time… and being Benedict Cumberbatch.

He explained to 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.”

Sadly, if you’d like Benedict to settle down and make more Sherlocks (or at the very least, more similar projects), that’s just too bad. He’s a born flibbertigibbet, always off doing something different: “I like treating every job as the first time. And to do that, I’ll vary the work, so I’ll be a knuckle head and run around with girls and guns, then I’ll slow it down and do something different like [BBC period drama] Parade’s End.”

There’s no news on when his trip to Springfield will air, as yet. No doubt he’ll have been in pretty much everything¬† by the time it emerges.

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By Fraser McAlpine