He's been a doctor, a detective, a king and a prince, now Benedict Cumberbatch has become the president of the drama school where he learned his craft. The Sherlock star succeeds Timothy West as the president of Lamda (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art), from which he graduated in 2000. Cumberbatch said it would be "an honour to watch the next generation of actors, directors and technicians blossom".
West, Lamda's president for the last 31 years, welcomed the appointment. "Lamda's president now should, I feel, be a visible and potent power in our profession. When I heard that Benedict Cumberbatch had accepted our invitation to take over the presidency, I was overjoyed," said the veteran actor.
Based in west London, Lamda is the UK's oldest drama school and recently opened a new building containing three performance spaces. Other famous alumni include Jim Broadbent, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo and Dame Harriet Walter.