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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Brexit strategist Dominic Cummings for Channel 4

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Story by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to play Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and campaign director of ‘Vote Leave’, during Brexit.

The Sherlock star will take on the role in a one-off drama for Channel 4.

Currently operating under the working title of Brexit, the two-hour project is being described by Channel 4 as an “utterly timely and compelling new political thriller from Olivier and Royal Television Society-winning screenwriter James Graham (Quiz, Ink, This House, The Vote)”.

Cummings was the campaign director of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign, which saw the British public opt to leave the European Union in June 2016 in what proved to be a shock result.

In a statement, Channel 4 said: “Unpacking the anatomy of the historic, high-stakes campaign to win the hearts and minds of the British people, this one-off drama set primarily during the referendum will, for the first time, explore the myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory.”

Directed by Toby Haynes (Black Mirror, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Sherlock), the drama will “explore the data-driven political campaign behind one of the most contested, controversial government referendums in modern history,” it said.

Director Graham added: “I’m so excited – not to mention a little nervous – to have this chance to try and get under the skin of what happened during that historic vote.

“I hope by going behind-the-scenes of the campaign, we’re able to interrogate the consequences of what happened during these eight weeks that have changed the country forever. To work with this incredible team and Channel 4 to bring this story to life on screen is a real honour.”

Cumberbatch remains as in-demand as ever. He can currently be seen on critically-acclaimed Sky Atlantic drama Patrick Melrose and only recently confirmed he will be playing another real-life figure, Greville Wynne, in new spy thriller Ironbark for the big screen.