London: 'Sherlock' star says playing intellectual roles since a long time has tempted him to try for simpler characters.

Benedict Cumberbatch

The 37-year-old Hollywood heartthrob became popular after taking on the titular role in BBC1's 'Sherlock', reported Contactmusic.

"I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers... I am so ready to play a really dumb character," Cumberbatch said.

The actor does not like being in the spotlight.

"There is a way of just shadowing through. The higher the walls, the more dark the windows, the bigger the sunglasses - the more people are going to look. The greatest disguise is learning how to be invisible in plain sight," he said.