BBC1 viewers met Sherlock Holmes’s parents tonight and – unbeknown to many – introduced to Benedict Cumberbatch’s real mum and dad.
Wanda Ventham， 78， and Timothy Carlton ， 74， appeared in the much-anticipated first episode of series three of Sherlock in a short scene that saw them having tea with the consulting detective in the sitting room of his Baker Street flat.
It finally became clear that the rather ordinary-sounding elderly couple were in fact Sherlock’ them out of the room.
But despite Sherlock’s reaction to his folks turning up at his place， Cumberbatch himself says the experience was a moving one.
“I nearly cried watching it，” the star told an audience at a premiere screening of the episode in December. “I’m so proud of them and I’m so proud of the reaction they got – and I think they’re perfect casting as my parents!”
Cumberbatch said filming the scenes had been both stressful and rewarding for himself and the two veteran actors. "It was kind of nerve-wracking. They’re actors， as well， and yet they were brilliant– really， really nice – to have them on set... It was a very special feeling."