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Benedict Cumberbatch may be related to his 'Imitation Game' character Alan Turing

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The Imitation Game may have been a bit of a history lesson for star Benedict Cumberbatch as he researched the role of Alan Turing, but he probably never expected for the film to turn into a family history lesson as well.

Researchers at the family history site Ancestry claim Cumberbatch is related to the British mathematician who cracked the Enigma code during World War II.

The relation isn’t exactly a close one—Ancestry says the two are 17th cousins with family relations dating back to the 14th century. Both are said to be related to John Beaufort, the first Earl of Somerset, through Cumberbatch and Turing’s respective paternal lines. The Telegraph has a look at Ancestry’s findings, showcasing just how far back their connection extends.

Unfortunately, The Imitation Game relation appears to be the only case of Cumberbatch sharing a familial connection to a role. There is no trace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, or Khan in his bloodline.

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