We love Benedict Cumberbatch just a little bit more now

13 May 2018, 13:24 | Updated: 13 May 2018, 19:45

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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch vows he will only accept work if his female co-stars get equal pay.

The Marvel star and firm feminist says it's time to make a stand and hope fellow actors will follow suit. 

In an interview with the Radio Times, he said: “Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism.

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“Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’”

Benedict revealed his new production company, SunnyMarch, is female-dominated and wants to work on more female-focused dramas.

He said: “I’m proud that (my partner) Adam Ackland and I are the only men in our production company; our next project is a female story with a female lens about motherhood, in a time of environmental disaster. 

"If it’s centred around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects. Half the audience is female!”