Abbington, Cumberbatch and Freeman return for a fourth - and possibly final - series of the hit show

Benedict Cumberbatch has given his strongest hint yet the newest series of Sherlock will be the last - with contrasting family fortunes one possible reason for the decision.

Benedict Cumberbatch has given his strongest hint yet the newest series of Sherlock will be the last - with contrasting family fortunes one possible reason for the decision.

The Hollywood star, who turned 40 in the summertime, suggested that despite appreciating a “golden minute” in his career, his priorities may have changed following the arrival of his son.

“We never say never on the show, however in the immediate future we all have things we should break on with, and we’ve made something very complete as it its. So I presume we’ll only have to wait and see.”

A theatre director, wife Sophie Hunter and Cumberbatch, became parents for the first time with the coming of Christopher last June, using another child due in the spring.

He included: “The old I get, the happier I am. Yes, work is going well, which is nice, but I’ve additionally had an extremely rich handful of years.

I ’m thankful that I’m still doing the work I love and that my family and I have our health, so it’s a wonderful moment. Naturally, I finally have duties that are extra, and I do have to make certain choices concerning the long run since there tend to be more people in my life who are significant to me”.

For Cumberbatch, it seems, life mirrors art, with recent changes in Sherlock Holmes’ private life representing with those on his own - although the performer was cautious not to draw too close a comparison.

“He’s let care into his life”, Cumberbatch explained. “He cares about John Watson and his wife Mary, and the newborn daughter Rosamund Mary they introduce in the new episode.

“Sherlock feels very protective of them towards the three, even though he’s not a natural in regards to infants. I hope interaction and my abilities with my kid tend to be more engaged that his are!”

Martin Freeman returns only per week after it had been declared he and partner Amanda Abbington, who also appears in the upcoming fourth show, have separated.

“ I adore him, ” Cumberbatch told The Daily Mail. “Well, he’s fairly grumpy, but he’s adorable as well - he’s direct and nice and great fun to be with even when he because afterwards it’s just enjoyable to wind upward him ”.