Why Benedict Cumberbatch starred in `12 Years a Slave`

Last Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 14:13

New Delhi: Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he choose to act in the slavery drama ` 12 Years a Slave` because he felt sorry for the fact that his ancestors were involved in the slave trade.

The 37-year-old actor also gave the same reason for taking up ` Amazing Grace ` a movie about the fight to eliminate the slave trade in UK, PVR Pictures reported.

In the highly-acclaimed drama, which bagged a Golden Globe and has earned nine Oscar nominations, Cumberbatch plays the role of plantation owner and slave owner.

A NYC cop had recently revealed that Cumberbatch`s fifth great-grandfather owned her ancestors on an 18th century sugar plantation on Barbados.

ANI

First Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 14:13

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