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Benedict Cumberbatch's Heartwarming Note To Santa

Benedict Cumberbatch's Christmas wish is to help the world's suffering children.

The actor has become a national treasure thanks to his work on the big and small screens, and added the role of father to his résumé earlier this year when he and his wife Sophie Hunter welcomed son Christopher.

To mark national letter writing day, Benedict penned a note to Father Christmas for the Letters Live event.

"This is what I'd like to ask you to help with," he began. "A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness

"Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears. Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty. Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope."

Despite the serious subject matter, Benedict also showed off a lighter side. He joked that he'd never received the lightsaber he'd asked for as a boy, but with the new Star Wars flick Episode VII - The Force Awakens just weeks away from hitting cinema screens, the 39-year-old tried his luck once more.

"When I think about it you've got it tough this year... And when I really think about it I'm not sure that asking you for a lightsaber and getting one (not that I ever did by the way) is equatable with controlling the space time continuum and making the good of childhood last a little longer," he wrote.

"I feel a little sorry for you. And I guess I've done exactly what I said I wouldn't ... Asked you to help with adult problems and solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children. I promise to leave some extra port and mince pies for you!

"Please could I have that lightsaber now?"

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