Is Benedict Cumberbatch dating his ‘Sherlock’ costar Lara Pulver? Hm?

Sigh… just looking at Benedict Cumberbatch’s alien-cat-baby face fills me with joy. If you don’t get it, I can’t explain it. My Cumby love is beyond words at this point. So when CB sent me this story yesterday, I think I had to take a full day to actually process it and come to terms with it. The basic story is that The Mail claimed that Cumby and his ‘Scandal in Belgravia’ costar Lara Pulver might be boning, but that Lara claims that they definitely aren’t. Which is suspicious. But I my feelings are mixed about the whole situation.

For those of you unfamiliar with episode one of Sherlock’s season 2, Lara Pulver played “The Woman”/Irene Adler. In the original Arthur Conan Doyle books, Adler was a con artist and an excellent foil for Sherlock. In the updated version with Cumby, Adler became a con artist and dominatrix who drugged, manipulated and horse-whipped Sherlock to get what she wanted. It was HOT. Okay, first, let’s get to the initial report of suspicious flirtatious/boning, which went down at that awards show last week:

As a whip-wielding dominatrix, she played the only woman capable of seducing the emotionally detached Sherlock Holmes. Now life is imitating fiction for actress Lara Pulver, who has struck up an ‘affectionate’ relationship with Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the troubled detective in BBC1’s latest adaptation.

The pair, both 36, radiated an on-screen chemistry in the sexually charged episode A Scandal In Bohemia, in which Pulver appeared naked as Irene Adler. And last Thursday they were openly flirtatious when they attended the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards together.

Cumberbatch brought his former co-star along as his ‘plus one’ as he collected the Best Actor award. Another guest at the bash at Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane said: ‘They were completely engrossed with each other, taking photographs, holding hands, cuddling and laughing. Lara was following Benedict around the room. They were very affectionate together and Lara even tweeted a photograph of Benedict with his award.’

Pulver, who divorced US actor Joshua Dallas last year, has previously been linked to another co-star, Raza Jaffrey, 36. They worked together on BBC1’s Spooks.

Meanwhile, Harrow-educated Cumberbatch said of Sherlock’s on-screen chemistry with seductress Irene: ‘Is there a sexual element to it? Without a doubt there is. But … it’s a game of chess, and it’s a very cruel, cruel game of love, if it is love.’

The New Year’s Day episode attracted 100 complaints for its raunchy scenes, but BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson said: ‘Just because you’re on pre-watershed doesn’t mean you have to be dull.’

Cumberbatch, who previously dated actress Olivia Poulet for 12 years, recently admitted he is seeking a new love.

He said: ‘I’m building a home at the moment and it would be nice to fill that home with love and life and children.’

Lara’s spokesman said ‘No comment’, while a spokesman for Cumberbatch did not return calls.

[From The Mail]

Sounds suspicious, right? I guess The Mail forgot to note that Cumby walked the red carpet with Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson in Sherlock) as well as Lara. But still, I guess I would buy that Cumby and Lara are dating, or they’re in some kind of flirtatious friendship/sometimes boning relationship. Unfortunately, Lara denied the story on Saturday, tweeting, “Oh come on, it’s the Mail! I’ve never read a more factually incorrect article” in response to someone asking if the story was true. But that’s all she did! She didn’t specifically deny anything, and she didn’t issue any statements or anything. And neither did Cumby.

So, does Cumby have a new girlfriend/sex partner/flirtatious friend? Sigh. Dear Cumby: I would have your alien-cat babies. Truly.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Eve says:

    No, they’re not. She’s dating actor Raza Jaffrey (she attented some award ceremony recently — maybe the BAFTAS).

    Also, he’s mine. I already accepted to take part in his alien invasion plans/mission.

  2. alons-y alonso says:

    Meh. It’s the Mail so probably not. He’s been paired up with every pretty female within 10ft of him. I somehow doubt it. He seems like the type to be very clear if he’s dating someone or not.

  3. Sara says:

    You have possibly the worst taste in men ever Kaiser.

  4. Boo says:

    The Belgravia episode was one of the best things I’ve seen on TV in the past few years (alongside the green fire attack in Game of Thrones). That said, Lara’s dress is dumpy!

    • j.eyre says:

      I converted 4 people (plus my own conversion) into Sherlock fans with that episode.

      Since I am far enough down the thread that Eve can’t touch me – I would love this pairing.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Agree! “Belgravia” was perfection. I’ve raved about it to people. No conversions yet, though. It’s almost worth the whole episode to see Sherlock in a Vicar’s collar!

        The idea of this pairing doesn’t sound that bad to me. I can kind of see it, but I don’t believe it for a second. I think this story is completely made up.

        That rumor of him dating Lydia Hearst, on the other hand, got me pretty ticked off. ;-}

    • Mira says:

      It was a very good episode with a horrible ending. Sherlock saving Irene from the Taliban in Karachi all by himself ruined it for me. The ending was epic stupid imo.

  5. Down and Out says:

    I doubt it. She’s been filming Da Vinci’s Demons in Wales for awhile & promoting that. Have they even been around each other much?

  6. booboocita says:

    I’d be delighted to have his babies (or at least do with him that which occasionally leads to babies), but I can’t compete with a woman with her own riding crop. I’m just non-violent that way. Oh, well …

  7. Tania says:

    In some photos she looks kind of pregnant…

  8. Micki says:

    Ha, does it matter? I don’t believe he goes alone to bed but don’t care enough to wonder with whom…He has to exercise, filling a house with children is a hard job, LOL

  9. Nan209 says:

    I have celeb crush on him too. I think its the baritone voice that seals the deal for me.

  10. Kristen says:

    Isn’t he dating Liv Tyler? Did I just imagine that?

    • cucumber says:

      Yes, he is! He’s dating Liv Tyler. People just BLIND. I mean, like what were they doing together at the emmy? And oh, that movies outing? didnt they look too comfy together for just as friends?

      • Jany says:

        No, he isn’t dating Liv. He even denied dating her trough his spokesperson. Who would do that if they were dating someone/were in love? He’s currently being matched up with almost every famous woman he’s seen anyway. Maybe he and Liv hooked up – they’re adults, but that’s not dating. Hence the Emmy togetherness. And he seems to be friends with lots of women – he’s that kind of man. He likes hanging out with women too. Which speaks for him I think.

  11. EscapedConvent says:

    Well, she did put her boobies directly in his face in Scandal in Belgravia.

    A quote from that scene, from Irene to Sherlock as she studies his face: “Those cheekbones—I could cut myself slapping that face.”

    A great episode. One of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV.

  12. missmary says:

    Pulver smacked this story down the day it came out…

  13. missmary says:

    Pulver smacked this story down the day it came out.

  14. KellyinSeattle says:

    I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t find him attractive at all. He reminds me something Kevin-Baconish, with alien eyes.

  15. Veruca says:

    Not that it’s a bad thing, but I think he’s gay.

    Sherlock is, quite possibly, the best thing on TV. I’m so bummed there’s only (likely) 3 episodes left, and that we have to wait until next fall to see them.


  16. dooliloo says:

    Eve.. As we said.. 30min swap… ;-)

    No they’re not dating indeed! Lara mentions her boyfriend in her tweets from time to time.

    It’s like the media or else love to make Benedict Cumberbatch “dating” anyone lately eh… it could almost be a section created in newspaper called “Today Benedict”

  17. Halfmydadsage says:

    Love these pics. He looks fabu.