One great challenge he(Benedict) had to face during filming was the shooting of his first-ever on screen sex scene, with actress Paula Jennings, playing the luscious Zenobia.
“My on-screen sex technique is not perfected but I hope it worked! In the book, Edmund knows what he’s doing and maybe that’s him writing himself up in his journal as a bit of a lothario, but I imagine that rather like others of his ilk his father had probably given him a chambermaid or prostitute to initiate him.
”He behaves with Zenobia like a sexual animal: he’s very avaricious and knowing. He’s charming and flirts with her from the first day he sees her and he goes straight for the kill.”
from Benedict Cumberbatch plays Edmund Talbot
After reading this article I decided that I should rewatch To the Ends of the Earth. Because I didn’t remember if his sex scene here was ‘perfected’ or not. So, well. Um.