New York commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch has a historical link to Benedict Cumberbatch. (Reuters, Getty Images)
When New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio named Stacey Cumberbatch as one of his new commissioners, the New York Times was immediately on the case, revealing that she shares a history with a similarly named celebrity.
According to the Times, the descendant of Caribbean immigrants owes her name to the ancestors of none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the PBS series "Sherlock" and films like "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "12 Years a Slave." Stacey revealed that her relatives worked as slaves on Benedict's fifth great-grandfather's plantation in Barbados. During that time, slaves traditionally took their owner's last name as their own.Read More »from Ancestors of New York mayor’s commissioner worked as slaves for Benedict Cumberbatch’s great-grandfather