Patrick Melrose receives Five Emmy nominations

The world heard it first on Reddit: Benedict Cumberbatch declared his interest in playing Patrick Melrose during an “Ask Me Anything” interview he did in 2013.

Word soon traveled that he had named Melrose — the protagonist of five semi-autobiographical novels by the British writer Edward St. Aubyn — as the literary character he most wanted to play next, and soon enough, it came to fruition: Five years after telling the internet he wanted the part, Mr. Cumberbatch received an Emmy nomination on Thursday for best actor in a limited series or movie for his role in “Patrick Melrose,” a five-part Showtime series.

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