Make way for His Royal Hotness! Benedict Cumberbatch cuts a handsome figure as he films scenes for Richard III drama on horseback dressed in regal attire He is set to play King Richard III in new period drama The Hollow Crown. And on Sunday, Benedict Cumberbatch looked very much in character when he appeared on horseback to film scenes around Wells Cathedral in Somerset.

The 38-year-old actor cut a handsome figure clad in regal attire, consisting of dark blue robes and a black hooded cape. The actor, known for playing Sherlock Holmes, was also pictured dressed in a black velvet and gold embroidered cloak as he wore a jewelled crown on his head. Sitting on a large mahogany throne.

Benedict appeared pensive as he filmed scenes inside the beautiful cathedral. Produced by Skyfall director Sam Mendes, the three-part adaptation will also star Dame Judi Dench as Cecily, Duchess of York. Spooks star Keeley Hawes will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth, while Hotel Rwanda actress Sophie Okonedo will play Queen Margaret.

Benedict will also be reunited with Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott, the detective’s nemesis Moriarty, who will take on the role of King Louis XI of France.