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Heartthrob actor looks completely different in OAP disguise for new movie

With his papery skin, thin white hair and liver spots, you’d never imagine this man had the power to get millions of women weak at the knees

Can you guess which British heartthrob has been given an OAP makeover?

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to see that’s Benedict Cumberbatch in character as an old man.

The 45-year-old actor stars as forgotten British illustrator Louis Wain in a new biopic that looks at the artist’s interesting and tragic life story.

He was famous for painting cats in human scenarios, and his work is still found today on notebooks, greetings cards and bags.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain shows how he came to grow a fondness for the furry felines after a stray named Peter comforted his wife, Emily Richardson, as she battled breast cancer.

Emily, played by Claire Foy in the film, was ten years older than Louis and hired to act as a governess for his five younger sisters after their mother died.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as fans know and love him


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The actor has been praised for his role as Louis Wain


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Their marriage caused a scandal in 1880s England, due to the age gap and because it crossed a class divide. It also riled his sisters, who thought it was an inappropriate union considering she was once a member of staff.

He was 23 when they wed, and three years later Emily tragically passed away aged just 36.

Before her passing she urged her husband to publish the adorable pictures of Peter – an idea which changed his life forever.

Wain later wrote about Peter: “To him, properly, belongs the foundation of my career, the developments of my initial efforts, and the establishing of my work.”

The artist grew to love cats after a tragic event

Claire Foy also stars as Emily Richardson, Wain’s tragic wife


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The film covers Wain’s life from the late 1800s to the 1930s, and shows him enjoying huge success with his quirky drawings, but also struggling to sell his landscape and nature sketches as a struggling young artist.

When Benedict’s casting was announced he said that he he was “thrilled by the prospect of playing the courageous, playful spirit that is Louis Wain,” and called his life story “inspirational and Odyssean.”

The cinematography in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain matches the artist’s colourful life


The film will be released on Amazon Prime in a few weeks’ time.

The Mirror’s critic has already seen the film, and gave it a massive thumbs-up.

He said: “Vitally, despite often being most celebrated for his portrayal of ‘misfit’ characters, Cumberbatch is not tiresome or cliche in his turn as the child-like, unpredictable and occasionally rather hopeless Louis, offering an examination of an artist who is often the victim of his own comedy of errors.

Heartthrob actor looks completely different in OAP disguise for new movie
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“Cumberbatch is wonderfully complemented by Foy who never ceases to amaze with her almost sorceress-like ability to emanate powerful human emotions from her eyes – delivering wonderful comedic moments but also some of the most heartbreaking scenes in the film.”

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