Benedict Cumberbatch is moved to tears as he discovers an 'extraordinary' connection

Benedict Cumberbatch was moved to tears as he discovered an ‘extraordinary’ connection to his grandfather on Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge. 

The actor, 46, navigated the terrain on the Isle Of Skye in Scotland with the adventurer, 49, as they descended massive sea cliffs and braved freezing waterfalls.

The TV presenter, who is a former Special Forces soldier, asked a favour of the British Royal Navy during the show and surprised Benedict by connecting him to a part of his past with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Navy sent a nuclear submarine to meet the pair off the coast for their extraction and as the submarine surfaced, Cumberbatch got emotional and had to wipe tears from his eyes.

Benedict’s grandfather was a World War II submariner, and had a mission extraction aboard a British Royal Navy nuclear submarine that surfaced off Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

Emotional: Benedict Cumberbatch was moved to tears as he discovered an 'extraordinary' connection to his grandfather on Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge

Emotional: Benedict Cumberbatch was moved to tears as he discovered an ‘extraordinary’ connection to his grandfather on Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge

'So moving': Benedict, whose grandfather was a World War II submariner, was treated by Bear and the British Royal Navy by being extracted off the coast by a nuclear submarine

‘So moving’: Benedict, whose grandfather was a World War II submariner, was treated by Bear and the British Royal Navy by being extracted off the coast by a nuclear submarine

He said: ‘I feel interestingly connected to my grandfather and it’s very moving. I’m tearing up now. 

‘My grandfather has been playing in my mind over the last couple of days and I felt a very immediate connection to him. And to see the submarine was very much an: “Oh my God” shock moment. 

‘It was amazing. I was so moved. The last couple of days have been extraordinary, what an experience.’

Bear added: ‘It was a very special moment, the best extraction we’ve done on any journey on any show of any season.’

The British adventurer also taught The Imitation Game actor unique survival skills as they camped out in the Scotland wilderness. 

The pair were seen kayaking across freezing waters and trying new foods from the land. 

During the preview, the Doctor Strange star admitted that the tasks are ‘not the same as doing a stunt on a Marvel film, it’s a lot more real’. 

Benedict also reflected on being an only child and how he found it ‘tricky’ to fit in and socialising while growing up. 

Family: Benedict said fighting back tears: 'I feel interestingly connected to my grandfather and it's very moving. I'm tearing up now' (pictured Benedict's grandfather in 1934)

Family: Benedict said fighting back tears: ‘I feel interestingly connected to my grandfather and it’s very moving. I’m tearing up now’ (pictured Benedict’s grandfather in 1934) 

He added: 'My grandfather has been playing in my mind over the last couple of days and I felt a very immediate connection to him. And to see the submarine was very much an: "Oh my God" shock moment'

He added: ‘My grandfather has been playing in my mind over the last couple of days and I felt a very immediate connection to him. And to see the submarine was very much an: “Oh my God” shock moment’

Explaining why he often plays outsiders, he said: ‘I think outsiders tend to have, I don’t know, just a slightly more offbeat, interesting thing to explore.

‘But maybe it’s because I felt that myself a little bit as an only child, not really knowing how to fit in early on I found socialising quite tricky’. 

Benedict, who has three sons Kit, seven, Hal, six, and Finn, four, with wife Sophie Hunter, revealed the values he is teaching his children. 

He said: ‘Be kind and respectful. Those are the key, core values I want them to have.’

Bear was left ‘impressed throughout’ by Benedict’s skills especially because they filmed the show in winter which was when Scotland had ‘brutal’ weather conditions. 

He said: ‘It’s like no role he’s ever played’.  

Adventurous: The British actor navigated the terrain on Scotland's Isle Of Skye with Bear as they descended massive sea cliffs and braved freezing waterfalls

Adventurous: The British actor navigated the terrain on Scotland’s Isle Of Skye with Bear as they descended massive sea cliffs and braved freezing waterfalls

Amazing: During the preview, the Doctor Strange star admitted that the tasks are 'not the same as doing a stunt on a Marvel film, it's a lot more real'

Amazing: During the preview, the Doctor Strange star admitted that the tasks are ‘not the same as doing a stunt on a Marvel film, it’s a lot more real’

Impressive: The adventurer taught The Imitation Game actor unique survival skills

Impressive: The adventurer taught The Imitation Game actor unique survival skills

Opening up: During the show, Benedict reflected on being an only child and how he found it 'tricky' to fit in and socialising while growing up

Opening up: During the show, Benedict reflected on being an only child and how he found it ‘tricky’ to fit in and socialising while growing up

Freezing: The pair were seen kayaking across freezing waters, camping out in the cold winter weather and trying new foods from the land

Freezing: The pair were seen kayaking across freezing waters, camping out in the cold winter weather and trying new foods from the land

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