Benedict Cumberbatch Just Landed His Dream TV Role

Cumberbatch has earned Emmy nominations and a win in 2014 for his work in the PBS anthology series "Sherlock". Each episode will cover one novel and a few intense days in Melrose's life.

Written by David Nicholls, (the author behind bestsellers "One Day" and "Us") the five-part series is based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. The semi-autobiographical story centers on Patrick Melrose (Cumberbatch) - an outrageously amusing playboy struggling to overcome his abusive upbringing in a multi-decade tale of excess and addiction in an upper-class British family.

The role has been a longtime dream for Benedict - who will also be an executive producer - as he named Patrick Melrose as the character he would most love to play during a Reddit AMA back in 2013.

Michael Jackson and Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball) executive produce alongside Cumberbatch and Ackland. David Nicholls is adapting the books for TV; Cumberbatch is among the executive producers.

"I've been a huge admirer of Edward St Aubyn's novels for years", Nicholls said. How about you? Let us know in the comments. In 2015, he was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar, for his performance in The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch's other top roles include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and Doctor Strange.

Melrose doesn't have a premiere date, but it'll play on Showtime and is set to start filming this summer. Sky Vision will own the distribution rights.

  • Zachary Reyes