Benedict Cumberbatch giving ‘acting lessons’ to his Russian lady Katia Elizarova

“Haha, I get to bang Benedict Cumberbatch and you don’t.” – Katia Elizarova

Despite the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is probably showing Little Batch to his “friend” Charlotte Asprey right now, he still has to deal with some Russian drama. The Russian drama comes in the form of model/actress (cliché, Batch, cliché) Katia Elizarova, the same chick that he’s been photographed with off-and-on for months. He took Katia to Ibiza too, and they kissed and frolicked in the sun. And now Katia is giving interviews about Cumberbatch and how he’s her “acting coach” now. Chica, you need to take a few steps back.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s current schedule could put the whirling Tazmanian Devil in the Warner Bros cartoons to shame. However, this didn’t stop him putting a little time aside to teach his friend Katia Elizarova the basics of stage acting, for her London stage debut. And from her description, he’s as meticulous with his method as Mr Holmes himself.

Katia, who is the Russian model some celeb sites have been linking romantically with the Sherlock star, is appearing in a portmanteau production at the Platform Theatre called Sunstroke, which comprises Anton Chekhov’s The Lady With the Dog and Ivan Bunin’s Sunstroke.

She told the Telegraph that Benedict has been coaching her on the proper method to approach her role, making her thing about her character in suitably forensic detail: “I’ve no theatrical experience, although I have done film. They gave me the role because I am so Russian. We have a tendency to traumatise everything and have a reputation for being quite dark.

“I have just got my script and began rehearsals. Ben has been a great help, but he is very strict. He asks me all about what my character wears, and even how she dresses her daughter. I said, ‘Well, in a dress,’ and he said, ‘No, that isn’t good enough, what dress?’

“So I explained that my character is trying not to draw attention to her daughter because she is planning an affair, but he just said, ‘Nevertheless, you ought to know how your character would dress her daughter’.”

Is it just me, or would this make a great scene for a movie? Flinty teacher with a soft heart, cocky pupil with a lot to learn, Benedict Cumberbatch, a montage: it practically writes itself.

[From BBC America]

“Ben has been a great help, but he is very strict.” I bet he is. I bet he’s a taskmaster. I bet he likes to be in control. Damn, I would be his submissive. Of course, I’m not a Russian model.

So, what are the thoughts on Katia to publicly laying claim to Benedict? I do believe that’s exactly what she’s doing – she’s making sure that everyone knows that they’re “together,” especially drunk redheads who maybe got to spend time with Little Batch over the weekend. I mean, the gossip side of me is happy that Katia is talking because it gives me something to write about. The Cumberbitch side of me is mad because she seems trashy and possessive and not all that bright. The honest, personal side of me kind of thinks that I would want to tell people that I was banging Cumberbatch too if it was me, so I get it.

UPDATE: Yeah, so Katia is still speaking. And she really wants everyone to know she’s boning Benedict.

A million female hearts fluttered when unlikely lothario Benedict Cumberbatch was seen enjoying the company of not one, but two exquisite beauties.

However, just back from Ibiza — where she was snapped in a bikini seductively leaning over the Sherlock Holmes star as he reclined on a sun-lounger — Russian model-turned-actress Katia Elizarova, laughs off claims they are romantically involved.

‘I know the pictures look intimate but it’s all innocent,’ says Katia, who lives with her businessman boyfriend of four years in London.

‘It looks like we are having a sexy chat, but we were actually discussing what we were going to have off the restaurant menu.’

Since splitting from his long-term actress girlfriend Olivia Poulet two years ago, Old Harrovian Cumberbatch, 37, has been linked to a string of women, including fashion designer Anna Jones and heiress Lydia Hearst.

He and Katia, 26, met at the Serpentine Gallery summer party in London two years ago. ‘I want to be a serious actress so I need all the guidance I can get,’ she tells me at the BMWi3 Global Reveal Party at Old Billingsgate Market. ‘Benedict is very supportive and gives me lots of tips.’

She is hoping Cumberbatch will be there to see her impending acting debut in Sunstroke, at the Platform Theatre in King’s Cross, but adds: ‘I really want him to come, but he’s finding it hard to get used to life in the public eye and is worried there will be a lot of fuss if he turns up.’

[From The Mail]

Benedict, I cannot believe you are dating this famewhore.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. Noreen says:

    Oh, this is too much nonsense now.

  2. Amelia says:

    Meh, hope they’re happy and enjoying themselves. He’s been doing so many projects lately he deserves a little fun.
    The Cumberbitch inside me is very happy to know he’s a strict teacher ;)

  3. Philippa says:

    However, just back from Ibiza — where she was snapped in a bikini seductively leaning over the Sherlock Holmes star as he reclined on a sun-lounger — Russian model-turned-actress Katia Elizarova, laughs off claims they are romantically involved.

    ‘I know the pictures look intimate but it’s all innocent,’ says Katia, who lives with her businessman boyfriend of four years in London.

    ‘It looks like we are having a sexy chat, but we were actually discussing what we were going to have off the restaurant menu.’

    Since splitting from his long-term actress girlfriend Olivia Poulet two years ago, Old Harrovian Cumberbatch, 37, has been linked to a string of women, including fashion designer Anna Jones and heiress Lydia Hearst.

    He and Katia, 26, met at the Serpentine Gallery summer party in London two years ago. ‘I want to be a serious actress so I need all the guidance I can get,’ she tells me at the BMWi3 Global Reveal Party at Old Billingsgate Market. ‘Benedict is very supportive and gives me lots of tips.’

    She is hoping Cumberbatch will be there to see her impending acting debut in Sunstroke, at the Platform Theatre in King’s Cross, but adds: ‘I really want him to come, but he’s finding it hard to get used to life in the public eye and is worried there will be a lot of fuss if he turns up.’

    FROM THE DAILY MAIL. I know. But those are actual quotes from her. Hidden in this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2381698/RICHARD-KAY-Why-Darcey-Bussell-says-Strictly-Come-Dancing-OK-yah.html

  4. Noreen says:

    BTW, he looks too much like Marilyn Manson (without the makeup) in that 3rd photo.

  5. bammer says:

    I’m sure this thread will have over 200 comments. I just don’t understand anyone finding him hot.

  6. Stormy says:

    Sigh there goes any chance for me I guess.

  7. Anna says:

    I am Russian, albeit not a model. Does that mean I am not qualified for a Cumberspanking if I don’t learn my lines properly? I am so forgetful sometimes… Oh, Hi Eve! *waves*

  8. Alexa says:

    For the love of Christ, not Cumberbatch and this nonsense again! No!
    Really sick to death of this guy and who he stood next to.

    And by the way, this isn’t even the full interview she gave. She was quoted in the Daily Mail and denied the affair. According to her she lives with her boyfriend.
    Or are we going to read about this tomorrow?

    And when the hell was she photographed with him expect once a year or so ago publically at some event?!

    • Anna says:

      Well, she was photographed KISSING him. So that’s somewhat telling.

      • Noreen says:

        The kiss on the side of her face? The kiss where their bodies were over a foot apart? The kiss where a woman looking displeased (or bored) was standing literally inches away looking at them? That kiss? Evidence of romance? REALLY?

        For a pair supposedly on a romantic rendezvous there is a shocking LACK of directly romantic pictures.

    • Alexa says:

      Well, I was actually referring to the comment „…he’s been photographed with off-and-on for months”.
      Unless there is something I don’t know, this just sounds like pure fan fiction.

      • MissMary says:

        Yeah he was pap’d with her once at the Serpentine event, and that was about 2 years ago. Some attempt at linking them together at a party before he went to Ca (shortly after he and Anna broke up) but he was witnessed (and noted in the papers) for doing his best to put distance between him and Katia soon as attention leaned their way at the party.

        Pure fan fiction about them being pictured together several times, etc.

  9. blue marie says:

    since OKitt’s post I can’t see past her lack of/light eyebrows..

  10. pretty says:

    He looks lie Nicolas Cage in third picture and the thumbnail. hahaahah

  11. Leah says:

    She sounds like an airhead who hasnt given much thought to the demands of acting. And too boot a total famewhore who is using cumberbatch to get famous. The association makes him look bad, its actually quite pathetic.

    • Noreen says:

      Exactly. I wonder if he has yet placed a call to her to tell her to STFU or if he’ll just be ignoring HER calls from now on. Whatever the case, I think it’s safe to say she’s shot herself in the foot with this behavior.

      You know, it’s common-f*cking-sense. When a major actor (or anyone!) is helping you in any way (even if the return favor is “FWB”) you’re supposed to STFU. Common sense. You don’t sh*t where you sleep. The fact that KE doesn’t seem to get this is evidence that she’s either insufferably arrogant and entitled, or is so desperate to continue to use his name to promote herself that she’ll even risk ruining future relations with him.

  12. GeeMoney says:

    Ick. Ben needs to scrap his relationship/association with this girl, stat. He could do waaaay better. And this relationship is already leaving a sour taste in everyone’s mouths already.

    And if it’s true that she lives with her bf, then it’s pretty obvious that they had some arrangement going. He obviously wants the press, and she’s riding off his fame to get acting roles. Looks bad on both their ends.

    • MissMary says:

      I love BC’s acting and am a fan but even I’m getting tired of hearing about him lately, at least in relation to his “association” with KE. I think he’s been smart (well, he and his PR) to not address the rumors–addressing them makes him look “guilty” or would at least give more ammo to the “omg they’re so doing it” camp. KE making a statement smacks of desperation for fame and straight up using an “old friend” for fame, esp with the inane “acting lessons” b.s.

  13. Elodie says:

    JFC another Benedict post? Hey he is a nice chap but come on now toooooooo much overexposure on Celebitchy, let people miss him a little bit please? :-/

  14. wendywoo says:

    Counting down to Douche in 5, 4, 3-

  15. MissMary says:

    With how she’s belatedly backpedaling and his camp is quiet, this still smacks of her using him for PR. Soon as he’s seen with another woman, KE pops up again with “oh, no, totally not dating! Nope, in a committed relationship” (tbh, monogamy and commitment aren’t always hand in hand…maybe she and her bf are cool w/being open). Anyway, entire thing seems like hamfisted PR stunt on her part and BC’s camp just wanting her to stfu so he can film Sherlock and the list of movies he’s got in the pipeline.

    • Noreen says:

      He’s totally been used and played. Too bad, really. Someone else posted here that Katia’s comments from the interview about Benedict giving her “acting lessons” are now posted on the website for the production company putting on the play. That just jacked this situation up to a whole other level.

      • MissMary says:

        He’s pretty much damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t at this point, when it comes to commenting. If he (and I am including his PR team in the “he”) wants her to stfu about the “acting lessons”, he’ll look like he used HER or like he was stringing her along, if he lets her keep it on the site, it looks like he’s encouraging her and is a skeeve. His team is smart to not say a word, imho, and just ignore it and let her look worse.

  16. Manchurian Global says:

    This story is getting dumber by the moment.

  17. Pat D. says:

    I’m sorry, but how do you conclude that she hints she is boning him from this part?

    “…Russian model-turned-actress Katia Elizarova, laughs off claims they are romantically involved.

    ‘I know the pictures look intimate but it’s all innocent,’ says Katia, who lives with her businessman boyfriend of four years in London.”

    Shaging at best, but dating?! Am I missing something? Some ingenious PR move?
    Is “We are not involved and I live with my boyfriend” a new code for “Yes, we are at it like rabbits”?
    If she wanted people to believe they are dating, why would she tell the whole world she lives with her BF?

  18. T.C. says:

    LOL is that what they are calling it theses days “acting lessons”. Acting lessons on your knees and on your back.LMFAO.

  19. Das Spleen says:

    This guy is becoming over exposed. He needs to cool it for awhile and fly under the radar.

  20. Drea says:

    “She seems trashy and possessive and not all that bright”

    But he, a grown-ass man, chose her. That’s what he wants. And you know what they say – water seeks its own level, birds of a feather, etc.

    So either she’s not as bad as you think she is, or he’s not as great. Most likely, it’s a bit of both.

  21. Hmmm says:

    Thing with gossip is, that there are always people who enjoy such things. It’s basically demand and supply. Only if people stop seeking gossip about him, there will be a stop in supplying stories about him. so if people really don’t want to see him anymore just stop seeking and writing about him. It’s as simple as this.

    • Naomi says:

      @Hmmm This is exactly right. He is not being ridiculous the ‘fans’ are. Cumberbatch seems like a very talented, funny man dealing with an unasked for and surreal repositioning of his existence. Hope he is able to find his space and peace within same.

  22. TheOriginalKitten says:

    So now the chick that he is dating will promptly be branded a “fameho” because….of course.

    She’s a fameho and he’s just a perfect specimen who is completely blind to the fact that he’s getting taken advantage of by this evil fame-hungry whore.

    *eye roll*

    • Eve says:

      Sometimes a guy can be part of a famewhoring game (unbeknownst to him — yes, I still believe Adrien Brody was played, he was totally taken advantage of).

      I don’t think that’s the case here (Cumberbatch/Elizarova) though. So I agree with you, but only partially: I don’t think he’s that naive — but he may not have thought this one through (meaning, he thought they’d be just f*ck buddies and she agreed to that, and now he’s “uh oh” about her milking it — the fact his team has been silent is very telling, in my opinion).

      • Lindy79 says:

        This is my thinking. He thought it best to have casual thing with “old friend” he’s expressed in interviews that he finds it hard to make connections with women who haven’t got agendas..thought he could trust her to be discreet and it blew up in his face.
        I also agree, his silence is telling.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ok I can get down with your theory, Eve.

        But I still think that the whole “she’s a fameho!!” reaction only arises when it’s a guy that has a rabid female fanbase like Skars or Cumerbatch and that’s what annoys me about it–it just seems incredibly petty, juvenile, and yes, it does reek of jealousy.

        Isn’t it possible that Cumberbatch knew what he was getting into (he seems like a pretty bright guy) but didn’t care? Maybe the pull of a hot 26-year-old model was more potent then any fear of said model exploiting his celebrity to further her fame? Regardless, he’s been in the industry long enough and seems bright enough to see through BS. No one made him bone her, so yeah, it’s on him.

      • Eve says:

        @ Kitten:

        I agree that’s on him, too. Even if I think he didn’t think this one through — he seems bright, but I also think he’s kinda new to PR games and sh*t (GAH! I sound so eloquent).

        He’s been in the industry for quite some time, but this level of fame (and what comes with it)? That’s definitely new to him.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I agree that the fame game is new to him.

        Interesting to think of Cumberbatch in comparison to Hardy (both are only a little older than myself) because both found fame in their early/mid-thirties but while Hardy has kept his head low (so far) and is happily married, Cumberbatch, being single, opens himself up to a whole other kind of scrutiny in regards to his dating life.

        I still think it’s crazy he’s 37—I would have guessed 30 or 32 MAX.

      • Eve says:

        @ Kitten:

        Funny you should say that…I actually think he looks older than his actual age (early forties).

      • He’s 37! That’s pretty old! He’s been in the business a long time, and he has friends and family in the business as well. LOTS of friends and family. That whole “naive” thing is driving me crazy! (Obviously.) And as I said on another thread, I think he was using her for sex (duh!) and to deal with gay rumors from the gay wedding. Sure, she played him, but I agree, you can’t let him off the hook.

      • Noreen says:

        @ SoCal

        I don’t even know if you’re still reading this thread and will see this, but I just wanted to clarify one thing: I don’t think MOST the posters saying he’s “naive” or possibly naive are referring to the sexual stuff. At least I certainly wasn’t. I think we’re referring to the WAY he got played. Sure, they were screwing around. That’s what adults often do when they’re single but don’t want commitment with each other–just don’t want to be alone on holiday. However, I do think that’s a separate issue from the way SHE used and played him. In that regard I think it’s possible he was very naive.

    • Leo says:

      +1, it’s always the woman’s fault.

      BTW, why are we so determined to go against her statement?
      Yes, of course, no one knows what really happened expect them, but he said a long time ago that they are friends, he is silent now and being seen with other women. She denies the relationship and mentions a long-term BF.

      So…. Could it be that maybe they are not really dating?
      Just had a casual fling and now it’s over?

    • Miss M says:

      @TOKitten: +2 on the eye roll.
      Oh, he is soooo naive… Boo hoo, he’s been used! The meltdown of his fanbase is worse than the twihard one considering you would think his fanbase is a bit older.

      It’s far more telling that he got himself involved (at any level) with her. Cumberbitches, chillex! :)

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        It might be unfair but I’m judging him.

        I also might be projecting, but as a thirty-something woman, I get REALLY annoyed seeing men in my age group consistently dating twenty-something women. At the risk of sounding like a bitter hag, I just find it all so cliché.

      • Miss M says:

        @TOKitten: I find it cliche too. But I think I got it figured out partially. The twenty -something women will gush how mature and accomplished they are. Well, yeah it’s far more complex than that, but a lot has to do with male ego and insecurity

      • Eve says:

        @ Miss M:

        Oh, stop gloating, you merciless bitch!

        If you had paid attention to that thread where I CB-divorced him, you’d know I for one actually thought he was using her. So, not all Cumberbitches (or former Cumberbitches) think he’s an innocent angel who was/is being played by the evil, eyebrowless Elizarova.

        Now it seems they’re using each other — which is fine by me (I just think that he stupidly didn’t think this through — or maybe, like OKitten said, he was aware of the consequences and didn’t care).

      • Bijlee says:

        @TOK I guess I’m a bitter hag as one of those twenty something’s. it annoys me too. The thirty something male with a twenty something, particularly an early twenty something ad a very late thieties man. As missm says it seems to reek of insecurity and ego boosting.

      • You know, Miss M, I am with you. As I said above, her reputation as a famewhore and worse (take away the “fame”) is apparently well known in London. The fact that he got involved with her at any level is telling, indeed. You have summed it up for me precisely.

    • Naomi says:

      @TheOriginalKitten lol. Honey it’s early days for you. You really need to pace yourself. I’m in my 50′s. Men start dating twenty something’s in their 20′s. They don’t suddenly stop because they are at a certain age or because they get married. They don’t suddenly say ‘hey can’t date her she’s my daughters age!’ They always think hey she’s hot she wants me.

      • MissThing says:

        Men think with their dicks. Plain and simple. It was likely a series of booty calls on his part.

        He, just like the rest of the celebs out there, as soon as they have the option, bone as many ‘hot’ models as they can. It’s disgusting but predictable.

        Also, the presence of boobs and girly bits have been scientifically proven to lower a man’s ability to consider short term consequences.

  23. Ag says:

    And there is a blurb about the acting lessons on the website of the production company putting on the play! ENOUGH. Like that
    Saying somewn think with the head below their belt and not the one sitting on their shoulders (:

    • Lindy79 says:

      Publicity…she wanted it. She got it.

    • Noreen says:

      There’s a blurb about her “acting lessons” with Benedict on the production’s site?? Can that even be LEGAL? That sounds like using his name under false pretense and without his permission. But I guess it’s not strictly illegal since it’s from an interview. I believe this girl and the director of the play are both very conniving.

      Oh Ben, you been played, bro. PLAYED. (Pun absolutely intended.)

      • Ag says:

        Busy Benedict Is giving acting lessons for #Sunstroke with @katyaelizarova http://t.co/LK6yKRZttF via @anglophenia
        22 hours ago

      • Noreen says:

        Oh God, it’s on the BBC site now. And it’s totally mocking Benedict: “Katia Elizarova, first pupil of the Cumberbatch School of Dramatic Arts” is the caption under her photo.

        She looks HORRIBLE in that photo. She always does to me but in that one you can really see her defects close up–namely her extremely ordinary face and that mole between her eyes (why she didn’t get this removed for modeling is beyond me). Not to mention the overly thin hair parted severely down the middle and just hanging there with no body, no life. ‘Cause no model ever wore this style before, right?

        (rolls @@ eyes)

      • GeeMoney says:

        I only have two words for this whole ordeal now: EM BARRASSING.

        You know he’s totally getting laughed at right now. That BBC article is totally mocking him, and it’s funny. I feel bad for him.

        Hope the sex was worth it.

      • Eve says:

        @ GeeMoney:

        Exactly my thoughts — it’s embarrassing and he’s being laughed at. I’m not feeling sorry for him though (since I’m among those who are laughing — HA!).

        EDIT: GAH! I wrote almost the exact same thing (“Hope the sex was worth it”) to T.Fanty (privately, on Twitter).

    • Lindy79 says:

      BC better PRAY she’s good in this play or everyone will be side eying him.

      Personally I hope she’s shit because of her obvious lack of work/prep and her stupid attitude to preparing for a role, but that’s just me.

      • Noreen says:

        I hope and pray she sucks donkey balls.

        Why?

        Because she’s an entitled, spoiled, egomaniac with a thick, ugly face who wants everything handed to her without earning it. She’s a hack and she deserves the just desserts reserved for hacks.

  24. Lindy79 says:

    So…we still think they are/were dating?
    I dont get how you think she can lay claim on him but also mention a boyfriend of 4 years?

    Im not sold on that to be honest. The pictures don’t show any real intimacy. Shes lying across him in a bikini and hes staring at the menu. My husbands eyes would be looking down my top.
    My 2 cents. Her camp had something to do with pictures. Shes the only one talking about it. Shes clearly after publicity. He got played by someone he thought was a mate, maybe there was some sex, maybe not but if he doesn’t tell her to go f*** herself after this, he’s a fool or his team are.

    I also had a rant abour her flippant frankly insulting attitude to a hugely difficult art form in the other thread. Shes a hack

    • Noreen says:

      I think it’s possible BC/his people are afraid to confront her, privately or publicly. Because he did in fact sleep with her and likely before this as well. But never was she a GF. If he confronts her she can retaliate by spilling EVERYTHING. And she seems like the type to do that, too. This girl is a hot mess. BC is likely afraid of her at this point.

      I don’t believe for ONE SECOND that he doesn’t know what’s going on. Now. Before–maybe not. But he has close friends and colleagues that are on social media and HAVE to know about this and told him.

      • MissMary says:

        My partner and I were wondering about his people/him being afraid to confront her, esp if she is living with some guy/has a steady bf. The bf may have known and been okay with her screwing around with BC because it brings attention and attention equals money. We were wondering if he/his team were trying to keep mum as possible so there’s no “Sherlock in cheating scandal with Russian model!” tabloid headlines, being accused of seduction or worse. Because he’s more famous, it’ll always come down bad for him if that happened. But there’s no proof of that, just us speculating.

      • Noreen says:

        I’m not sure how the supposed BF of 4 years plays into all this. I don’t know if he’s real and she cheated, or he’s real and he allowed her to play around/flirt with BC to benefit her upcoming play, or she’s lying and there’s no BF at all. I don’t know. It’s actually really an incidental, unimportant part of this whole saga–in my opinion. Because whatever the case with supposed boyfriend is it doesn’t change the details of Ibiza and the aftermath as we now know it. Which is this: she used BC, set him up in Ibiza, and used the photos (which she knew were taken all along) to get an interview that is now actively being used to promote her play—which is not only advantageous for Katia, but also for the director and the entire production company…all of whom are Russian, by the by. That interview was re-printed in 4-5 UK publications and is now ON THE PLAY’S PRODUCTION COMPANY WEBSITE as promotion for their play.

        The interview is also up on the BBC website now, which I find especially appalling since Sherlock is one of BBC’s top-rated and most popular shows. You’d think they wouldn’t do this to one of their top stars.

      • MissMary says:

        @Noreen: All very true. The only thing I think would make the BF “important” in this is that he’s allegedly in PR. Allegedly. Unless I misread something earlier.

        Either way, no matter what else comes out, it looks horrible for her (there’s no way to unpaint the pic of her being a famewhoring golddigger) and bad for BC because it either looks like he was rooked by her or he willingly supported her famewhoring (depending on how you look at it… I’m of the opinion he wasn’t aware how famewhorey she’d be and may have dismissed earlier attempts/actions as personality quirks or ‘cute’ or something).

        IMHO, the “final nail” in the coffin, sealing her famewhoring in this incident, is the blurb going up on the production company’s website.

      • tizzyfizzy says:

        I’m wondering if it will ever reach a point where BC will have to come out one way or another and make SOME kind of response. I mean… this thing seems like it’s got some traction- at least in the UK press…

      • MissMary says:

        @tizzyfizzy: The only reason it has traction is b/c Elizarova won’t stfu. It was calming down a bit then oh, uh oh, more pics! And she gave a side-eye worthy statement to gossip columnists and made sure to mention her play, “acting lessons” and a LTR. If she hadn’t said a word, we’d have forgotten about this by next week and it wouldn’t come up till he went to some premiere with his family or one of his bffs (like he’s been doing of late). Someone would bring up “I thought he was dating the Russian chick?” and that’d be it. But she’s making sure her name is now firmly tied to his, as is her “career”.

  25. Hello Kitty says:

    I don’t know whose publicist has been doing a crappier job this summer: Henry Cavill’s or Cumby’s.
    They need to get their shit together.

  26. Rosie says:

    This girl is a famewhore and shes smart. She got her name out there and now everybody knows who she is. Famewhoring at its fines.

  27. Dani says:

    Did no one catch the part where it says she’s living with her boyfriend? Of four years? What???

    Realistically, I don’t expect her to be some major intellect because she’s a)a model/actress and b)26. He’s clearly allowed to date who he wants but for their own benefit does she not want to keep her mouth shut just a little bit? We get it, you’re proud of yourself but take it down a notch.

  28. Priscilla says:

    Im wayyyyyyy more interested in Sherlock series 3. You see I was saying….oh I forgot wrong site to discuss things that matter. My bad.

  29. Molls says:

    I m starting to believe ONTD when they said this Katia girl was behind this thing to get her name out there. Hmmm & if true(it looks like it) oh she is smart very very smart.

    Anywho I love cumby but he comes off as dumb sometimes lol. And kaiser I agree with the others. Stop milking this story and this dude.

  30. drea says:

    Do I smell some kind of turnaround? He goes and gives the Cumberpeen to the redhead so the model blonde (let’s differentiate from the other, actress blonde) figures, hell, if I have to share, I might as well get some publicity out of it. At this rate, he’s gonna get dragged by the tabloids before the end of the summer.

  31. Hannah says:

    Benedict got played so bad that sorry i had to laugh This girl has a live in boyfriend and only used benedict for publicity. The quotes about him are already up on the obscure production companies website. I bet benedict didn’t even. Get some, she just flirted with him and led him. He looks like a fool for getting involved with this lady.

  32. Birdie says:

    She stated that they are not dating and that she has a boyfriend.. So, it doesn’t seem very possessive, only famewhory.

  33. TheCountess says:

    I happen to find BC hot, but never (or rarely) in still photos. Some people just don’t photograph well, and what makes them sexy doesn’t come through. He’s one of those guys. It’s just a great excuse to cue up some of his movie and television work :)

  34. Felice says:

    Why do people make such a huge deal about this age gap when David Tennant started dating Georgia Moffet when she was 23 and he was 36?

    • Bijlee says:

      I know right?! My love for tennant dipped that day. I mean great they’re in love but the age difference is so stark between them. She looks really young and to add that she played his daughter(!) in the episode of doctor who she was in is really gross to me. Maybe I’m just a prude and judgy person though. I don’t know it’s just all kinds of gross. But he’s happy so whatever. At least they married and had kids so it seems serious.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I was just about to say that….didn’t he marry her, and now they’re raising her kid and their kid together. I’m a sucker for blended families like that-my mom had three kids before she got with my dad, when I was four. And he’s always been my dad.

        The kicker is that my mom was 34 and he was 21, and by 25 he had the five of us. Age differences in relationships don’t bother me, unless I can pretty much tell that he’s in it for a hot wife, and she’s in it for some money. Like David Tennant, he is just weird and kooky in a good way, so I can get what she would see in him, besides having money.

        I’ve always felt that if I do get married, it would be to an older guy, due to some of life choices that I want to make-that I don’t see someone my age wanting to do.

      • Felice says:

        I was actually defending a 15 max age gap lol. I don’t mind older men though, lol.

  35. Lindy79 says:

    It might be more of an industry/luvvie actor thing to be honest. If BC was more central european I might say ok but hes English. They’re quite similar to us (the Irish) in relation to PDAs, I dont kiss any of my male friends like that

    • Shw says:

      English/Irish and I kiss some of my male friends like that. I will also hold their hand, and in the case of one of my oldest friends, share his bed in a platonic way. I think it has less to do with nationality/ethnicity and more to do with the type of friendship.

  36. TheOriginalKitten says:

    LMAO! Exaggerate more. Please.

    I didn’t say it was a “crime”, but a CLICHE. Reading comprehension is your friend–and so is the reply button.

    I may sound bitter, but you just sound really angry-guess I hit a sore spot.

  37. Miss Melissa says:

    I think not saying anything is the best thing he can do. Take the high road.

    She’s telling the world who she really is. I’m sure he now believes her. Hope the sex was good. It will die down if he stays silent. Move along.

  38. Ag says:

    Sherlock will possibly start here (UK) at the end of the year and apparently they are trying to get them to air in the US the same time. Time will tell

  39. Jany says:

    He got played, it isn’t pretty. Ms. Fashion Bitch should be in PR, not on stage. However, I wouldn’t mind healing BC’s bruised ego. I’m also rather skilled in spotting users and crazies. Anytime Ben dear, anytime, hahaha. ;-)

  40. SamiLynn says:

    Oh Dear! It’s on the play’s production site: “Benedict Cumberbatch has been helping Katia Elizarova with her acting in preparation for her professional stage debut in Sunstroke at the Platform Theatre later this month”

    http://www.belkaproductions.co.uk/about/press

    No words. Damn!

    • Noreen says:

      This is the worst one yet. Ballsy, I’ll say. REAL ballsy. It’s almost screaming for a lawsuit (using his name to promote their production without his permission) but you know they’re skating by on a technicality because name is used in an interview. I doubt this is actionable.

      This stupid, ugly, vile little nobody totally set him up, used him, and played him.

      • MissMary says:

        I’m wondering if the entire point of her giving the “interview” was so she could name drop and then the quote be used by her friend at the production company. It’s a quote from a media source so slightly more legal than just “oh, hey, Benedict Cumberbatch taught our leading lady to act!”

        I will be amazed if she doesn’t stink up the joint in this play, which, the more i hear about it, sounds like a total vanity production to get her some “cred” as an “actress” (yes, with the quotation marks). She wants BC’s fans to flock to it in the hopes of seeing him, he’s not showing because of obvious reasons (unless he decides to show no hard feelings and go to a night of it, which would be incredibly dumb of him to do if he’s trying to distance himself). Anyway, she’s either super smart in this PR stealing, or she’s having an incredible run of dumb luck.

    • E-v-E says:

      so.embarassing. I wonder who feels played in this whole ‘drama’ that’s being rehearsed as we speak. Bet that business boyfriend of hers that’s been paying her rent for the past 4 years. This girl has redefined pathetic and this so-called PR is not even smart, just demonstrates her massive famewhoring ego. Ugh. I hope it all sinks to oblivion and we never see her face again. And as for Cumby, agree it’s best to ignore any attempts of association, but then again they’ve been friends for two years so he must’ve known what’s going on.. weird.

  41. mended says:

    he’s gonna be gun shy with women for the next little while and i feel really bad for him. both for being played by this girl, and for having to endure all this scrutiny by the “fans.’ CB daily cumby posts are not helping.

    on the plus side, this will die down soon enough. he will concentrate on work, and boy does he have a lot coming up. he’s not that famous (yet) and it’s only the fangirls who are making all the fuss.

  42. Dommy Dearest says:

    Am I the only one who thought that was Nicholas Cage in the header image?

  43. haley says:

    HOW SHOCKING, another cumberbatch post about absolutely nothing. seriously, why dont you change the name from celebitchy to cumberbitchy because that’s basically what it is now. it’s almost embarrassing.

    *crossing fingers that the commenter from my post yesterday chimes in again*

  44. izzy says:

    I think what’s somewhat interesting… is that if you do a google search for BC, most of the news (at least now) is focused on his “bro date” with Matt Damon. There are still a few mentions of the model thing, but most of it is focused on 1) Matt Damon and 2) Sherlock shooting again.

    All in all, even if Benedict was “used,” he still kind of comes out ahead: His name ALSO got out there, it eventually blew over because of his other work commitments, and he got to sound like a total stud by dating/bedding a Russian model. NOT ONLY THAT, but he was supposedly dating a Russian model and ALSO holding hands with a leggy redhead. (in actuality, he was probably bedding the model, and friends with the redhead, but who really knows)

    In short:

    BC: Soon to be Matt Damon’s BFF, Sherlock is shooting again (hooray!), and he’s a total stud muffin with the lady-folk.

    KE: that Russian model he gave acting advice to (wink wink) while on holiday in Ibiza.

    Maybe? Oh, and what ever happened to that twitter sighting of him out on a date (supposedly) with a blonde?

  45. Helena says:

    Yes, he’s been played. If he’s surprised, he’s probably the only one who is.Perhaps if he could get over his penchant for models- you know, women who haven’t got chunky legs and who have no eyebrows- matters might improve.
    Is it about self, image ? I wonder if status- as perceived by him I mean- is a big attraction for him.Perhaps he thinks that ‘ordinary’ women are more likely to blab about their private lives. Clearly not. The schtick,’ I don’t want to date someone who doesn’t know the real me’ is daft. Fans love his work, they fancy him but they know he’s a bit of a dork sometimes. I don’t think it’s really that fans or ‘ordinary’ women would read him wrongly or think he’s actually Sherlock etc. What a load of tosh. I don’t mean ‘date a fan’ – I mean ‘don’t talk rubbish’.It sounds like an excuse for dating status symbols.
    The women he’s been seen with seem more like trophies.That’s perhaps typical of many men but it comes across as a bit daft and immature or maybe naive with a touch of egotism. I still love his work and I think he’s attractive and probably likeable but perhaps he assumes that some fame requires ‘suitable’totty on his arm. It goes with the self, image.That’s probably not going to turn out well. In fact, it hasn’t.
    He can’t do much about her using him for even more publicity so hopefully, she’s toast. He’s less likely to be exploited by a woman who sells him a packet of cigs and a pastie, in a garage.I doubt if he’ll ever cotton on, to that.

  46. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    One last thing, this girl isn’t even attractive physically, and we all know there’s nothing appealing about her personality-wtf Benedict? I hope the sex was GOOD, because THIS^^^^ can’t be worth it! I hope you enjoyed it, I hope your toes curled because damn, you got played. And played hard. You better shut this down and in a hurry.

    • Noreen says:

      I agree. I find her lack of good looks shocking, personally. There has been a huge uptick in the past 15 years in the modeling industry where non-traditional girls have become the “in” thing. Right off the top of my head I’m thinking of Alek Wek, the woman from the Dinka tribe. So, it’s not odd that a girl might not be super beautiful in the conventional sense, but she does have to have some exceptional quality to her energy, charisma, even her bone structure. But Katia? There’s nothing. Wide face, eyes set too far apart and turned downward at the outer corners, nose which looks like she had a rhinoplasty to tweak/narrow the tip, very prominent mole between her eyes, and very ordinary thin hair always parted in the middle in a severe, boring manner. The ONE positive thing I can say about this girl is that she is not stick thin. Sure, she’s thin. Let’s be fair: she has to be. But she’s nowhere as thin as most models. That’s the only thing nice I can say. She is ordinary, lacks charisma, and is a hack.

  47. Liz says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that him going out (ergo holding her hand) with the red head was him saying “NOT DATING THAT BLONDE!!”?

    By the time he did it we already had the picture of him with her and those spray-tan-wrinkly gigolo type old men and the rumours that started spreading.

    I thought it very doggy that Ivan whats-his-face posted those pictures from the wedding on his facebook and are now sold to some photo agency.

    Choose your “friends” more wisely next time BC!

    • MissMary says:

      I think he chose wisely in taking an old friend (literally this time–they were in drama school together) out on his birthday celebration, and making sure to say they were not dating, just old friends, etc, but he was visibly with another woman, showing (friendly) affection/being a gentleman by holding her hand whilst they were both schnockered… I think it was a pretty clear GTFA to KE and her people, distancing himself from the rumors as uch as he could. He probably didn’t think they’d run this far. The longer his PR people let it lie, the better it is for him because it also shows that, by refusing to address it, they consider KE/her people/team “beneath” notice. They were awfully fast to address the Charlotte Asprey rumor. Less than 24 hours after the pics, there was a statement.

      • Noreen says:

        But he didn’t take an old friend out. He was with a group made up of friends and family members. See, this is how the media has warped things.

        I totally agree about BC and his PR not addressing KE, as it will make her look worthless.

      • MissMary says:

        @Noreen: You’re right. He wasn’t on a solo outing w/her but out with a group. Ah, media spin, lol. I don’t know much about Charlotte Asprey but the glaring difference between someone who is an actual friend and an opportunistic coattail rider is pretty obvious: Apsrey made no statements, no comments, not even a sly wink and nod to the media with “Oh, we’re just old friends!” She let his PR team handle it with their very succinct statement about it being his bday celebration and they knew each other since drama school. Period. Even that sounded pretty perfunctory, a prepared soundbite just in case.

        And maybe I’m super catty or something but I think the fact his PR deigned to acknowledge the pics w/Charlotte, edited as they were to exclude the rest of the group, and ignore the ones w/KE is pretty telling.

      • Noreen says:

        Yes, agreed! I think the public is meant to read between the lines there, re: CA acknowledged, KE ignored.

  48. EscapedConvent says:

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. I really only care about the perfume shopping, as I am quite picky about scent & I would appreciate not having to go back to Harvey Nicholls repeatedly to exchange the wrong scent.

    2. Fanty darling, you did a lot of heavy lifting here today & I wish I could have participated. Our stumbling Drunk Uncle seems to have inspired you afresh! Verse?

  49. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    I’m fantasizing Hiddles and Cavill going in together on a lovely Fruit Bouquet for Cumby, to thank him for taking the PR Onus off of them.

    Joking aside, that SUCKS. But, if he rides it out now, everyone will forget about it in two weeks on his part. On her part? I think this stunt will bite her in her (non-existent) ass in the long run.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Would it be REALLY inappropriate to say that I’m now imagining Cavil sitting in a basket wearing nothing but a bow and and a slightly saucy smile?

      (Which would be fun until he started reciting the verse TommyAnne wrote, at which point Cumby would inadvertently fall into a coma from boredom)

  50. Helena says:

    The next gush of publicity for KE will er ..come when the play opens. ‘ Cumberbatch protegee sucks !’. No -’Cumberbatch wasn’t strict enough with pouting blonde model pupil !’. After that, maybe she’ll write a book.
    Very good move to be pictured with Charlotte Asprey so soon after KE bunged the seaside ‘ I bet you all wish you were here’pic onto her social media. If he dabbles with KE again I hope someone genuinely fond of him throws a net over him for his own good.

  51. Katy says:

    He got played for PR. The wedding appears to be the first opportunity she’s gotten over the last two years, though. Must be a past fling but not involved recently then.

    [He was more touchy-feely with Zachary Quinto at the Emmy party than her in these. Seriously.]

    It’s a dirty move on her part (and I suspect he doesn’t know much about her currently), but she’s not “evil” for it, just clever and opportunistic. He’s obviously not experienced with this fame level.

    His best bet PR-wise is to remain silent.

    Honestly, fans who flounce over it were going to flounce anyway once he did something they didn’t agree with. That’s how objectification usually goes.

  52. Lindy79 says:

    Just an idea but…what if he *does* turn up at her play during its 4 week run?
    Will people read that as he was in on it, or that hes trying to rise above it.

    • Vesta says:

      That is a good question :)
      I’ve been wondering that if it really was JUST acting lessons (**couching uncontrollably**) well wouldn’t The Headmaster of Cumberbatch School of Dramatic Arts want to go and see how his fashionbitchy pupil is coming off on stage? (Her excuse of him not coming is quite pathetic)

      I mean if she does well he can really start taking MORE students. Where can I submit an application?
      What are the key requirements for getting in? Long legs and blonde hair?

  53. sasha says:

    Acting lessons, riiiiiight.

  54. Joan says:

    There was a commenter who posted that KE gives many clues on her FB page. It seems they were both in Greece (she on vacation, BC promoting Sherlock) at the same time about a month ago, and BC has been quoted as saying he has a vacation home in Greece. I wouldn’t be surprised if his vacation home is in Delphi as per KE’s FB page. She is a stupid girl.