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'I'm an idiot' says Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has apologised after talking about "coloured actors" on US television, saying he had been "an idiot".

The Sherlock star was criticised after using the phrase when he joined the debate on the lack of diversity on British screens.

He issued a statement tonight saying: "I'm devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done."

He added: "I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive. The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the UK and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term.

"I feel the complete fool I am and while I am sorry to have offended people and to learn from my mistakes in such a public manner please be assured I have.

"I apologise again to anyone who I offended for this thoughtless use of inappropriate language about an issue which affects friends of mine and which I care about deeply."

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