Benedict Cumberbatch puts on a VERY animated display as he pulls funny faces on FaceTime to his family while larking around at his Southend hotel

He's been working away while filming his newest biopic about artist Louis Wain.

Yet father-of-two Benedict Cumberbatch made sure to take a moment to FaceTime his family before leaving his hotel in Southend on Thursday.

The Sherlock actor, 43, put on an animated display as he spoke with his children during the call, pulling funny faces and making himself cross-eyed.

Funny: Benedict Cumberbatch, 43, put on an animated display as he FaceTimed home while standing on a balcony in Southend on Thursday

Funny: Benedict Cumberbatch, 43, put on an animated display as he FaceTimed home while standing on a balcony in Southend on Thursday

Benedict was dressed casually for the phone call, donning a knitted red jumper over a t-shirt and wearing light cream trousers. 

His brown hair looked tousled and he kept accessories to the minimum, only wearing his gold wedding band.

The star later added a blue and orange jacket to his ensemble as well as a light coloured flat cap before leaving the hotel and getting into a Tesla.

Pull face: The actor pulled his cheeks back and made himself cross eyed during the call

Pull face: The actor pulled his cheeks back and made himself cross eyed during the call

Expression: Within seconds the father-of-two changed to looking sad during his phone call

Expression: Within seconds the father-of-two changed to looking sad during his phone call

Doting father Benedict showed off his acting skills as he entertained his family on the phone, going from happy to sad within seconds.

He then shared his surroundings on Southend seafront by spinning the phone around and panning it out over the balcony. 

Benedict has been married to his wife Sophie Hunter since the pair tied the knot on the Isle of Wight in 2015.   

Have a look: Benedict held the phone up and gave his family a glimpse at Southend seafront

Have a look: Benedict held the phone up and gave his family a glimpse at Southend seafront

Doting dad: Benedict looked relaxed during the call and wore a red jumper with cream trousers

Doting dad: Benedict looked relaxed during the call and wore a red jumper with cream trousers

They have since welcomed two children - sons Christopher, four, and Hal, two.

As well as working on his newest film, Benedict has spoken about the environment during the past week.

On Thursday he was named as one of more than 100 celebrities who signed a letter calling themselves 'hypocrites' over having 'high carbon lives,' reports the Telegraph.

Layers: When leaving the hotel Benedict donned a blue rain jacket and light coloured flat cap

Layers: When leaving the hotel Benedict donned a blue rain jacket and light coloured flat cap

Acting: The Sherlock star blew his cheeks out to make one funny face
Acting: Benedict raised his eyebrows for one look

Acting: The Sherlock star blew his cheeks out to make one funny face, left, and raised his eyebrows, right, for another

Off they go: Benedict climbed into a grey Tesla whole a driver put a small suitcase in the boot

Off they go: Benedict climbed into a grey Tesla whole a driver put a small suitcase in the boot

Filming: The actor added layers, including an orange jacket, to protect himself from the rain

Filming: The actor added layers, including an orange jacket, to protect himself from the rain

Benedict was also seen chatting to Extinction Rebellion protesters as they prepared to spend the night outside Trafalgar Square on Wednesday October 9.

Activists said the Harrow-educated actor spent a 'good couple of hours' with the protesters who were sat in front of a hearse with a coffin that had the words 'our future' on it.

Last week the Dr Strange star was seen on location in London during filming for his upcoming film Louis Wain. 

Faces: Benedict didn't look impressed at one point during his array of funny facial expressions

Faces: Benedict didn't look impressed at one point during his array of funny facial expressions

Laughs: He seemed chilled out as he took a moment of personal time to call his family

Laughs: He seemed chilled out as he took a moment of personal time to call his family

Casual: Benedict opted for a comfortable ensemble as he hit the road in the Tesla

Casual: Benedict opted for a comfortable ensemble as he hit the road in the Tesla 

One dramatic scene involved him falling off a double-decker bus and knocking himself out.

Benedict sported a whisker-inspired moustache as he took a tumble in front of seemingly unfazed onlookers.

In September he was spotted looking dapper in a waistcoat - complete with pocketwatch- houndstooth trousers, briefcase and tailcoat. 

Driving off: Benedict is currently filming for upcoming biopic about artist Louis Wain and has been seen on set in London several times

Driving off: Benedict is currently filming for upcoming biopic about artist Louis Wain and has been seen on set in London several times

Future: Benedict will play cat-loving Louis Wain in the film and sports a mustache while in character

Future: Benedict will play cat-loving Louis Wain in the film and sports a mustache while in character

Benedict Cumberbatch puts on an animated display as FaceTimes with his family

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