Read: How I taught Benedict Cumberbatch to sign for Sherlock, by BSL teacher Jill Hipson

Posted on January 5, 2016

After BSL was seen in last weekend’s episode of Sherlock, BSL teacher Jill Hipson has written a blog for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People about how she taught stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman how to sign for their roles.


“I’d never met a famous actor before, much less taught one, and asked Hearing Dogs’ media and campaigns manager Charlotte Peters if she could spare the time to come with me as communication support. I knew I’d need someone who wouldn’t be as nervous as me! So one Monday morning we were picked up by a car and driver and taken to Benedict’s house.

“Benedict (and his famous cheekbones) was suffering from a bad cold, but he sat down and got straight on with it. He was really interested in BSL and asked intelligent questions about how signs are created, and about people signing the wrong thing by mistake.

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