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A case of identity: Cumberbatch and Sherlock Holmes author are cousins

Ancestry sleuths find Arthur Conan Doyle and the Sherlock actor are 16th cousins, twice removed – both descended from John of Gaunt, who died in 1399

Researchers have discovered that Benedict Cumberbatch is distantly related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author who created Sherlock Holmes, a role the actor has recently made his own.

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