Benedict Cumberbatch will turn down films if his female co-stars are not paid the same

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New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 15, 2018, 10:22 AM IST

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This sure will give the whole discussion about pay gap more boost. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who was recently seen in Avengers: Infinity War has said he will not say yes to a film if the makers are not offering equal pay to his female co-stars. 

"Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism," Cumberbatch told Radio Times magazine.

"Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: 'If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it."

The 41-year-old British actor also said he will be using his position in the industry, and his new production company, SunnyMarch, to support more female-focused dramas.

"I'm proud that (partner) Adam (Ackland) and I are the only men in our production company our next project is a female story with a female lens about motherhood, in a time of environmental disaster. 

"If it's centred around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects. Half the audience is female!" he said.