Benedict Cumberbatch poses beside a Vote Leave bus as Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings while shooting new drama with Paul Ryan and Richard Goulding

He was confirmed to be playing the Vote Leave mastermind in the new Channel 4 drama, Brexit, back in May.

And Benedict Cumberbatch certainly threw himself into his role of Dominic Cummings on Thursday, as he shot a number of animated scenes for the flick in London.

The actor, 41, was spotted cheering and clapping beside a Vote Leave bus, as he continued to film the political drama with co-stars Richard Goulding as Boris Johnson, and Paul Ryan as Nigel Farage. 

Main man: Benedict Cumberbatch threw himself into his role of Dominic Cummings - the Vote Leave mastermind - on Thursday, as he shot scenes for new drama Brexit in London

Main man: Benedict Cumberbatch threw himself into his role of Dominic Cummings - the Vote Leave mastermind - on Thursday, as he shot scenes for new drama Brexit in London

Following suit: The actor, 41, was seen filming the political drama with co-stars Richard Goulding as Boris Johnson (L), and Paul Ryan as Nigel Farage (R)
Following suit: The actor, 41, was seen filming the political drama with co-stars Richard Goulding as Boris Johnson (L), and Paul Ryan as Nigel Farage (R)

Following suit: The actor, 41, was seen filming the political drama with co-stars Richard Goulding as Boris Johnson (L), and Paul Ryan as Nigel Farage (R)

The Sherlock star looked completely engrossed in his character as he whooped and cheered beside a large coach, emblazoned with the famous Vote Leave branding.

Transforming into the political strategist, Benedict sported a receding hairline for the scenes - a look far removed from his typically slick appearance.

Sporting jeans and a chunky grey gilet, the thespian was easy to spot amidst his suit-clad co-stars as he beamed at the cameras in character, beside the London bus.  

Realistic: Benedict was seen filming beside a large coach, emblazoned with the famous Vote Leave branding

Realistic: Benedict was seen filming beside a large coach, emblazoned with the famous Vote Leave branding

In awe: Benedict, who is playing Vote Leave campaign director Dominic, was seen bowing down to the bus on set

In awe: Benedict, who is playing Vote Leave campaign director Dominic, was seen bowing down to the bus on set

Delighted: The Sherlock star looked completely engrossed in his character as he whooped and cheered beside the advert
Delighted: The Sherlock star looked completely engrossed in his character as he whooped and cheered beside the advert

Delighted: The Sherlock star looked completely engrossed in his character as he whooped and cheered beside the advert

Let's do it! He excitedly celebrated the bus in front of cameras

Let's do it! He excitedly celebrated the bus in front of cameras

Worlds away: Transforming into the political strategist, Benedict sported a receding hairline for the scenes - a look far removed from his typically slick appearance

Worlds away: Transforming into the political strategist, Benedict sported a receding hairline for the scenes - a look far removed from his typically slick appearance

Easy to spot: Sporting jeans and a chunky grey gilet, the thespian was easy to spot amidst his suit-clad co-stars as he beamed at the cameras in character

Easy to spot: Sporting jeans and a chunky grey gilet, the thespian was easy to spot amidst his suit-clad co-stars as he beamed at the cameras in character

Spitting image: Benedict (L) is transforming into the Vote Leave campaign director Dominic (R) for the new Channel 4 drama, following the data-driven political campaign for Brexit
Spitting image: Benedict (L) is transforming into the Vote Leave campaign director Dominic (R) for the new Channel 4 drama, following the data-driven political campaign for Brexit

Spitting image: Benedict (L) is transforming into the Vote Leave campaign director Dominic (R) for the new Channel 4 drama, following the data-driven political campaign for Brexit

Benedict was joined on set by co-star Paul Ryan, who was the spitting image of Nigel Farage in a double-breasted grey suit and bold yellow tie. 

First filming a seemingly tense altercation, the actor was then spotted wandering around set with sheets of paper across his collar, in a bid to keep his fake tan intact.

Meanwhile Richard, best known for his role in The Windsors, looked uncannily similar to Boris Johnson, in a bright blond wig and red tie.

On your bike: Benedict was later seen riding a bike across Lambeth Bridge
On your bike: Benedict was later seen riding a bike across Lambeth Bridge

On your bike: Benedict was later seen riding a bike across Lambeth Bridge

On location: The scenes moved to the river for the next set of filming  

On location: The scenes moved to the river for the next set of filming  

Peddle to the metal: He was seen wearing a high vis jacket and a bike helmet, with a satchel slung across his body
Peddle to the metal: He was seen wearing a high vis jacket and a bike helmet, with a satchel slung across his body

Peddle to the metal: He was seen wearing a high vis jacket and a bike helmet, with a satchel slung across his body

Undercover: Scenes were shot on the bridge, of the actor brandishing a document box

Undercover: Scenes were shot on the bridge, of the actor brandishing a document box

Incognito: The actor wore shades and a pink shirt in the scenes
Incognito: The actor wore shades and a pink shirt in the scenes

Incognito: The actor wore shades and a pink shirt in the scenes

On the bridge: The cast and crew congregated on the bridge

On the bridge: The cast and crew congregated on the bridge

Boxing day: The scenes were shot close to the Houses of Parliament
Boxing day: The scenes were shot close to the Houses of Parliament

Boxing day: The scenes were shot close to the Houses of Parliament

View from the bridge: The political drama is set to cause quite a stir

View from the bridge: The political drama is set to cause quite a stir

Close protection: The actor was kept shaded under an umbrella by a member of the crew

Close protection: The actor was kept shaded under an umbrella by a member of the crew

Final touches: A make-up artist added some final flourish to his look
Final touches: A make-up artist added some final flourish to his look

Final touches: A make-up artist added some final flourish to his look

Shady: The scenes saw Benedict looking somewhat inconspicuous

Shady: The scenes saw Benedict looking somewhat inconspicuous

Next up: Benedict was joined on set by co-star Paul Ryan, who is playing Nigel Farage in the drama

Next up: Benedict was joined on set by co-star Paul Ryan, who is playing Nigel Farage in the drama

Uncanny: Paul was the spitting image of Nigel in a double-breasted grey suit and bold yellow tie
Uncanny: Paul was the spitting image of Nigel in a double-breasted grey suit and bold yellow tie

Uncanny: Paul was the spitting image of Nigel in a double-breasted grey suit and bold yellow tie

Protection: The actor then spotted wandering around set with sheets of paper across his collar, in a bid to keep his fake tan intact

Protection: The actor then spotted wandering around set with sheets of paper across his collar, in a bid to keep his fake tan intact

Relaxed: He happily chatted to his co-star between takes

Relaxed: He happily chatted to his co-star between takes

Doing their bit: They were later seen filming beside another bus, advertising the campaign's Independence Day

Doing their bit: They were later seen filming beside another bus, advertising the campaign's Independence Day

One and the same: Paul (L) looked strikingly similar to the famous former UKIP leader (R)
One and the same: Paul (L) looked strikingly similar to the famous former UKIP leader (R)

One and the same: Paul (L) looked strikingly similar to the famous former UKIP leader (R)

Clearly filming scenes in the midst of the campaign, the actor could be seen bumbling through a huge crowd, all stood with placards in hand. 

The former foreign secretary, who stepped down last week in criticism of Theresa May’s Chequers cabinet strategy on Brexit, was a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign.

Michael Gove meanwhile is played by Oliver Maltman, who could be seen wearing the Environment Secretary’s distinctive glasses as he took to set. 

Transformed: Meanwhile Richard, best known for his role in The Windsors, looked uncannily similar to Boris Johnson, in a bright blond wig and red tie

Transformed: Meanwhile Richard, best known for his role in The Windsors, looked uncannily similar to Boris Johnson, in a bright blond wig and red tie

Let me through: Clearly filming scenes in the midst of the campaign, the actor could be seen bumbling through a huge crowd, all stood with placards in hand

Let me through: Clearly filming scenes in the midst of the campaign, the actor could be seen bumbling through a huge crowd, all stood with placards in hand

Lights, camera, action: Filming for the Channel 4 production Brexit continues

Lights, camera, action: Filming for the Channel 4 production Brexit continues

Stepping down: Richard (L) plays the former foreign secretary (R), who stepped down last week in criticism of Theresa May’s Chequers cabinet strategy on Brexit

Tense: Richard and Benedict later shot a seemingly tense altercation with co-star Oliver Maltman, who plays Michael Gove (centre) 

Tense: Richard and Benedict later shot a seemingly tense altercation with co-star Oliver Maltman, who plays Michael Gove (centre) 

Trademark: Oliver (L) could be seen wearing the Environment Secretary¬Ņs distinctive glasses (R) as he took to set
Trademark: Oliver (L) could be seen wearing the Environment Secretary¬Ņs distinctive glasses (R) as he took to set

Trademark: Oliver (L) could be seen wearing the Environment Secretary’s distinctive glasses (R) as he took to set

After celebrating the propaganda, Benedict was later seen shooting a heated debate with Richard, and even squeezing Maltman's shoulders - with his character Gove's former special advisor.

Benedict is transforming into the Vote Leave campaign director for the new Channel 4 drama, following the data-driven political campaign for Brexit.

The one-off will explore the 'myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory'.

The Crown‚Äôs John Heffernan will play political lobbyist Matthew Elliott, Call the Midwife‚Äôs Liz White will star as Mary Wakefield ‚Äď a journalist and Mr Cummings‚Äôs wife ‚Äď and Poldark‚Äôs Kyle Soller will take the role of Zack Massingham, founder of a data technology company that helped target voters through social media.¬†

Fractious: The trio looked tense as they filmed the heated debate

Fractious: The trio looked tense as they filmed the heated debate

Here it is! Dominic (Benedict) was then seen showing the politicians the new bus

Here it is! Dominic (Benedict) was then seen showing the politicians the new bus

Delighted: Both actors as Gove and Johnson were seen looking excitedly at the coach
Delighted: Both actors as Gove and Johnson were seen looking excitedly at the coach

Delighted: Both actors as Gove and Johnson were seen looking excitedly at the coach 

Close: Benedict was even seen squeezing Maltman's shoulders at one point - with his character Gove's former special advisor

Close: Benedict was even seen squeezing Maltman's shoulders at one point - with his character Gove's former special advisor

The project was announced in May amid controversy over the political impact of data-mining, with investigations examining possible links between Vote Leave's campaign and data companies. 

Vote Leave was the official Brexit campaign during the referendum and was backed by Cabinet ministers, including Mr Johnson and Mr Gove.

Cumberbatch is an interesting casting for the project, having been vocal before the referendum in his opposition to Brexit.

The Hollywood star was one of almost 300 actors, musicians, writers and artists who backed calls, in an open letter, for the UK to stay in the EU.

Exciting: The drama is thought to explore the 'myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory'

Exciting: The drama is thought to explore the 'myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory'

Ready for my close up: Richard received a number of adjustments to his blond wig throughout the day

Ready for my close up: Richard received a number of adjustments to his blond wig throughout the day

Taking centre stage: Maltman was later seen shooting a press conference as Gove

Taking centre stage: Maltman was later seen shooting a press conference as Gove

Pensive: The actor was looking out over Parliament

Pensive: The actor was looking out over Parliament

Keeping cool: It was another hot day in London

Keeping cool: It was another hot day in London

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