Benedict Cumberbatch has big ideas about the U.S. presidency. (EPA/Justin Lane)

Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t a brilliant detective, though he plays one on TV as the titular star of the BBC’s “Sherlock.” And the British actor isn’t a political prognosticator, either, though he tried out that role in a new interview with the Daily Beast.

Cumberbatch thinks the United States needs to elect a woman president the next chance we get (is this an early celeb endorsement for Hillary Clinton?), and follow that by electing a gay president (so, Barney Frank for president in 2024?). Got that, America?

“You need to have a female president next, and then after that, a gay president,” Cumberbatch told the Daily Beast. “That’s the full journey from Obama’s legacy onwards.”

And forget data-crunching (sorry, Nate Silvers of the world). Cumberbatch says the prophecy for the U.S. presidency was actually written by an eccentric British rocker more than a decade ago.  From the interview:

There’s a great Morrissey lyric from “America Is Not the World” from “You Are the Quarry” that goes, “In America, the land of the free, they said / And of opportunity, in a just and truthful way / But where the president is never black, female or gay, and until that day / You’ve got nothing to say to me, to help me believe.” It’s quite an old song from before Obama took office, but you’ve done black, then you need to do female, then the next, gay.


Cumberbatch is promoting his new movie, “The Imitation Game,” in which he portrays Alan Turing, a gay World War II codebreaker who played a crucial role in the Allies victory but later committed suicide after being convicted of  “indecency.”

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