Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch insists he really wants to play a "dumb" character.

The 37-year-old The Imitation Game actor admits he has a longing to take on a less intellectual role.

Speaking to T magazine, Benedict said: ''I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers...

''I am so ready to play a really dumb character.''

Cumberbatch, who previously admitted he hates being in the spotlight, explained that the only way he can lead a quiet life is by not drawing attention to himself.

He added: ''There is a way of just shadowing through. The higher the walls, the more dark the windows, the bigger the sunglasses - the more people are going to look.

''The greatest disguise is learning how to be invisible in plain sight.''