It was a mystery that had Benedict Cumberbacht’s North London neighbours reaching for their deerstalkers to play detective – why was the Sherlock actors London townhouse still boarded up more than a year after he bought it?
Residents can now breathe a sigh of relief on ‘The Riddle of the Empty Villa’ as it was reported that Cumberbacht had plans approved for a full renovation of his £3 million Camden home.
The Star Wars star is going to convert his attic into another bedroom, build a rear kitchen extension, create an upper floor balcony and install a ‘plant and boiler room’.
Neighbours had feared the new ‘boiler room’ would be too noisy and the balcony would overlook other nearby properties. A neighbour, who wanted to remain anonymous, reportedly said “the thing that got people worried was that his boiler room…would make a racket.”
The actor hired architects Charles Tashima, who said in their planning documents the work “would respect and preserve the original design and proportions of the building, including its architectural period and style.”
Named Most Eligible Bachelor in the UK by Tatler magazine in 2012, the Shakespearian actor is married to opera director Sophie Hunter and became a father to son Christopher last year.
DMZ is looking forward to the finished product from Benedict. We hear that nearby Highgate Primary School is excellent and could be an option for his newborn. They have an open and event day next month, their “Elementary (my dear) What’s on”. Ahem.