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Public School Never Made Me Gay: Benedict Cumberbatch And Those Curious Boys

by | 15th, October 2014

Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan Turing inspects the Pilot ACE computer - formerly the fastest computer in the world in the 1950s and fundamentally designed by Alan Turing, at a preview of the Codebreaker: Alan Turing's Life and Legacy exhibition at Science Museum, which opens on Thursday 21st June and will run for a year coinciding with the centenary of Turing's birth. Picture date: Wednesday June 20, 2012. The exhibition aims to give a more rounded portrait of the man most famous for breaking the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. Photo credit should read: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire


BENEDICT Cumberbatch is plugging his film The Imitation Game. He plays Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer scientist whose key work decrypting German codes in the second world war helped the British defeat the Nazis.

Turing died in 1954. He had been convicted of gross indecency for being gay. At the time homosexuality was illegal in the UK. He endured a chemical castration as an alternative to prison. His death was suicide, so they say.






Cumberbatch has been talking to Out magazine about his role and homosexuality. Thoughts turn to his schooling:

For Cumberbatch, boarding school was a wonderful place to grow up “because you have that complete experience of being a child,” he says. “You are not going to and from a place all the time, and I was very, very hungry for company. My mom and dad, poor them I used to ask every Christmas and birthday for a brother or sister. That’s all I really wanted when I was growing up, because I was an only child.”

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