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Cumberbatch: Bletchley Park Was Amazing

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For Benedict Cumberbatch, filming The Imitation Game at Bletchley Park was a bit overwhelming.

The actor is very aware of the key role that those working in intelligence at Bletchley Park during World War II played in shortening the war.

“Filming at Bletchley Park was amazing,” said Cumberbatch. “The parts where we were at Bletchley Park were magical moments in the filming schedule. It really was very special. You really feel like you’re playing slightly with ghosts. It’s nerve-wracking, fictionalizing what happened.”

“To work where these people breathed, lived, loved, worked, struggled, kept secrets, were quietly, stoically heroic, was overwhelming.

“It’s incredibly important that it’s open to the public, and is something that’s well-funded and supported and continues, because this is our history.”

Bletchley Park had fallen into disrepair over the years, but after a restoration program, which began last year, the historical site is now open to visitors.

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