Benedict Cumberbatch wows viewers with performance in Patrick Melrose

Patrick Melrose reaction: Fans flock to Twitter to praise Benedict Cumberbatch for his performance as drug-addict and rape victim

  • Based on the real life story of author Edward St Aubyn, 58, the show is said to be a study in upper-class cruelty
  • Like Benedict’s character, St Aubyn was raped and sexually abused by his father from the age of three and attempted suicide 
  • Patrick Melrose continues on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Sunday May 20 

He’s known for his arresting performances in shows like BBC drama Sherlock, and as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And Benedict Cumberbatch, 41, wowed audiences once again with his intense portrayal of the self-destructive titular character in Patrick Melrose.

The first episode of the show aired on Sunday night, and fans are already raving about the actor’s performance and even demanding that he be given ‘all the awards.’

Impressive: Benedict Cumberbatch fans flocked to Twitter to praise the actor for his arresting performance as the drug-addled lead character in the first episode of Patrick Melrose

The new Sky Atlantic series follows Benedict as Patrick, who attempts to overcome his addiction to drink and drugs, stemming from his troubled relationship with his distant mother and rapist father.

Based on the tumultuous life story of author Edward St Aubyn, 58, and his book Never Mind, the show is said to be a study in upper-class cruelty that is delivered with both stinging wit and sadness.

Like Benedict’s character, St Aubyn had his own demons after being raped and sexually abused by his father from the age of three.

The trauma of this part of his life lurched him into a lost decade of drug abuse and multiple suicide attempts, and it was only by committing it to paper and writing his widely admired novels that he was able to turn his life around. 

 

 

 

Praise: Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to express their love for Benedict’s performance, as one fan wrote: ‘Jaw dropping. Benedict Cumberbatch at his best’

As the dissolute, drug-addled, drunk, the Sherlock star is a far cry away from his usual, more mild-mannered roles, and this is exactly what impressed fans so much.

Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to express their love for the new show, and particularly how much they loved Benedict’s performance, as one fan wrote: ‘Jaw dropping. Benedict Cumberbatch at his best.’

Another fan wrote: ‘Wow. Just… wow. Five years of being a Benedict fan have all led to this. This is the apex.’

One thing that fans agreed wholeheartedly on was the how much they wanted Benedict’s performance to be praised during awards season, as one fan wrote: ‘What else can I say that everyone have said about it. However, I only have six words for you. GIVE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH A B**ODY BAFTA.’

One fan took a similar approach, as they said: ‘give benedict cumberbatch a bafta give benedict cumberbatch a golden globe give benedict cumberbatch an emmy give benedict cumberbatch an oscar give benedict cumberbatch all the awards.’ 

While another person tweeted: ‘#PatrickMelrose gripped me and would not let go. Wonderful acting by #BenedictCumberbatch, happy I stumbled across it, look forward to next week.’

Patrick Melrose continues on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Sunday May 20. 

Surprising: As the dissolute, drug-addled, drunk, the Sherlock star is a far cry away from his usual, more mild-mannered roles, and this is exactly what impressed fans so much


Origins: The show and character of Patrick Melrose is based on the tumultuous life story of author Edward St Aubyn, 58, (right) and his book Never Mind

Thoroughly impressed: One fan wrote that Benedict was ‘truly exceptional’ and that what he did as the character could be seen as ‘an absolute masterclass in acting’

Taking hold: Another person tweeted ‘#PatrickMelrose gripped me and would not let go. Wonderful acting by #BenedictCumberbatch’

More to come: Patrick Melrose continues on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Sunday May 20

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