Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he’d fight religious fundamentalists ‘to the death’ if they tried to persecute him over his sexuality.

The Sherlock star was hitting out at nations that criminalise homosexuality after previously hinting that he did some experimenting himself when he was at boarding school.

‘People are being beheaded in countries right now because of their beliefs or sexual orientations,’ he said.

‘It’s terrifying. It’s medieval – a beheading! I’d take up arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe in what they believed or they would kill me. I would fight them. I would fight them to the death. And, I believe, the older you get, you have to have an idea of what’s right or wrong. You can’t have unilateral tolerance. You have to have a point where you go, “Well, religious fundamentalism is wrong”.’

The actor described lifes at Brambletye School, West Sussex.

He told Out magazine: ‘It was just boys and their penises, the same way with girls and vaginas and boobs. It wasn’t out of desire.’

He shared his views after playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. The World War II codebreaker was imprisoned for being gay in 1952.

It doesn’t take Sherlock to realise that his opinions on gay rights are spot on. 

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