"He definitely sowed the seed. He's a great, great, great voice artist... and so he kind of installed a love for literature in me. That was the first time I'd ever heard the written word and just this explosion of an imaginary landscape in my head, I thought, 'Wow, that can come off a page in black and white? This is insane... I owe a lot to my dad... This feels a little bit like homage to him." Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch recalled his father Timothy Carlton's readings from J.R.R. Tolkien's books when he was a child as he took on the voice of the title character in The Hobbit sequel The Desolation Of Smaug.