- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2016

Perhaps he might say the case for staying in the European Union is, well, elementary.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, perhaps best known for his role playing the title character in the BBC’s “Sherlock” series, joined more than 200 other British entertainment figures in an open letter published Friday urging British voters to vote for remaining in the European Union in the June 23 referendum.

“From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital EU funding or by collaborating across borders,” the artists note in their argument against a British exit, or Brexit, from the EU.

Mr. Cumberbatch’s “Imitation Game” co-star Keira Knightley, spy-novel author John le Carre and “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle were among other notable signatories of the letter.

The Guardian newspaper noted that, while smaller in number, the contingent of celebrities the official Brexit campaign can boast in its corner include names like “veteran actor Michael Caine, Who frontman Roger Daltry and former England cricketer Ian Botham.”

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