The Surprising Link Between Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

3 January 2017
by Ancestry Team

Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play Sherlock Holmes. Literally.

The Sherlock connection runs in his blood.

The star and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are directly related.

Cumberbatch and Doyle
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle revealed to be cousins, Source: Benedict Photo by Fat Les / CC BY  | Arthur Conan Doyle via Wikimedia Commons, PD-1923

Benedict Cumberbatch Descended from King Edward III

Ancestry researchers recently made an amazing discovery: Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle share a common ancestor.

They’re both descended from John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and son of King Edward III.

John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, circa 1593, Source:  Wikimedia CommonsPD-1923

The pair turn out to be 16th cousins, twice removed. Cumberbatch is John of Gaunt’s 17th great-grandson. Doyle is his 15th great-grandson.

Cumberbatch to Doyle Ancestry Connection Chart high res-01What surprises await in your family tree? You could, like Benedict have royal roots.

Or you could discover your very own unexpected connection.

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