Benedict Cumberbatch named ‘Sexiest Actor in the World’ by Empire: deserving?

Benedict Cumberbatch has been named The Sexiest Actor In The World. By an obscure Empire Magazine poll. Benedict got the most votes (NO RECOUNTS) and beat out #2 Tom Hiddleston (dragonflies are weeping) and #3 Henry Cavill, as well as Ryan Gosling, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender (the hell?), Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper (!!). I don’t really have a problem with declaring Benedict “the sexiest” whatever (alien, actor, velvet-voiced dragon), but I do think this mess was rigged. What I find absolutely shocking, however, is that the Hiddlestoners (who are so very emotional) didn’t find a way to rig this thing for their man. How is that the Cumberbitches were better organized?! We’re usually too busy creating slash fiction about Sherlock and Watson handcuffed together on a bed in outer space.

As for the ladies, Emma Watson was #1. She’s the “sexiest”? RLY? The other ladies on the list: Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway. Seriously, what the hell is going on with this list?

As many of you mentioned in yesterday’s Cumberpost, the trailer for The Desolation of Smaug came out. I’m not into Hobbit p0rn and it seems like only the die-hard LOTR-fans are excited about the film in general. Everybody else was just excited that we finally got to hear Benedict’s dragon voice at the end of the trailer (around 1:57 mark):

I’ve never wanted to bang a dragon before this very moment. Smaug: would you hit it?! I would only hit Smaug if he had an auburn dong muff.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Nono says:


    Every time I look at him I think the conspiracy theorists are right- the world really is controlled by lizard people.

  2. T.fanty says:

    Clearly they did not see his cap/ cardigan combo from the JT concert.

    That said, still yes.

  3. Nightshade says:

    Ok, I do like Benedict and find him very interesting… but there are other actors who are far sexier…

  4. Andrea1 says:

    These polls are not necessary anymore please. And he is far from being the sexiest!!! Please don’t throw rocks at Me cumberbatch or something I don’t know what his fans are called its just my opinion. Hell to the NO!

  5. GeeMoney says:

    He’s got some seriously good PR people working for him.

    As much as I love him, do I think he’s the sexiest actor in the world? No. I think that title would be held by someone more like Brad Pitt or Chris Hemsworth. That would make more sense to me.

    • Tish says:

      weidly i dont think its PR.. haha.. because if this is PR driven i think hiddles or cavill will take over..

      • icerose says:

        I think there is a huge PR campaign behind Benny at the moment. You can see a dramatic change in his photo/dress image and the amount of PR hype at the moment. It is not unusual when someone suddenly hits a high in their career.
        Love Sherlock and respect him for his acting but no matter how they dress him up he is just not my type and would never get my vote.
        Did he deserve to win the award. No more and no less than anyone else who has won it. Sexiest “actors” come and go but those with talent will keep on producing good work regardless of labels. Stephen Rae has never won a sexiest award in his life but the parts still keep coming in and he never fails to impress. Not to mention Emmy nominated Peter Mullan and they are sexy. Great that Benny has his day but if he has any sense he will see it for what it is and move on.

      • ag-UK says:

        @icerose – I agree someone is starting to work on him. He is no longer wearing “braces” or suspenders as I saw in one photo.. I think that his rep is CAA or UTA can’t remember. But he is just very popular on the internet. I say his name to friends in the US they don’t seem to know who he is, oh the guy from Elementary they say. Good for him like he says he finds it hysterical.

      • Anna says:

        I don’t think that if Cavill would win it would be PR either.I mean…look at Cavill’s face.There are very few people in the world who posses this kind of beauty.

      • Tish says:

        My favorite response of his about this nonsense is “i’m barely the sexiest guy in my flat and i’m the only guy living there!” Haha.

    • T.C. says:

      It’s not PR he just has a very organized passionate fanbase. They are replacing the Robert Pattinson fanbase who used to rig all Internet polls in his favor during Twilight.

      • allheavens says:

        No this poll wasn’t subject to any autobots, Empire made sure of that.

        So it is pretty accurate poll. It’s just that his fanbase is HUGE worldwide. I swear it he happened upon the Yanomami tribe in the Casiquiare Biosphere Reserve in Venezuela they’d start yelling, “Sherlock”!

  6. Dana says:

    Now this one looks like woody allens son.

  7. Kiddo says:

    Kaiser, how many times did you vote, lol?

  8. Talullah says:

    This poll always named Emma Watson the sexiest actress in the world. That says it all really.

  9. blue marie says:

    Uhhh no, since you found the poll how many times did you vote Kaiser and were you the only one voting?

  10. Abby says:

    YESS….I don’t care if the polls are rigged or not. The fact that he won make me very happy….Goooo Cumby!!!

    Plus I never even heard about these polls neither did many Cumberbatch fans so the win is surely surprising.

    His voice as Smaug is the reason I am dead and this is my ghost writing. ***pathetic joke I know

  11. Vesta says:

    Don’t blame me – I SWEAR I didn’t do this!

    *destroys the black catsuit, a long rope, the picklock and all other pieces of evidence*

  12. T.fanty says:

    Pausing the debate to celebrate the inclusion of “auburn dong muff” into the CB lexicon.

  13. Toot says:

    HELL NO! lol

    Didn’t read the other comments just had to post my own. lol

  14. Sixer says:

    Stuffed ballot boxes is all I’m sayin’.

    Not that I wouldn’t hit it (and tell it off, because this one is allowed to talk purely so that I *can* tell it off) because I would.

  15. T.fanty says:

    Maybe now that Tom has a job, he just wasn’t able to put in the necessary hours at his computer.

    • Sixer says:

      I think it was more the Twitter sulk. Never having been on there is SO much better than being on there and flouncing orff, darling.

      Having said that, I’m back on Tommy. A bit. His legs got tangled in my ball gag just t’other day. It took FOREVER to get it free.

      • T.Fanty says:

        You’re also back! I probably should have explained that once you’re here, you’re not allowed holidays.

        And can you please untangle the ball gag? I need it for Idris. Quickly.

      • Sixer says:

        I have good reasons!

        1) Harvest festival au jardin de Sixer. Much pickling, freezing, yadda.

        2) Trying desperately to avoid accidental Breaking Bad spoilers as I don’t have Netflix and must wait until DVD and next month.

        3) General angst about going back to school.

        I see I missed Idris, Tommy-omelette AND Benny the Bitch yesterday. Buggery.

        What did Idris do? Open his giant gob and come off like a tosser? I’ve no idea why I let him get away widdat, but I do.

      • Anna says:

        I keep going back to HiddlesNipples. So delicious!

      • Sixer says:

        Say what? Did someone use ice cubes on Tommy without my permission? Gads, without TELLING ME?

        *goes off to investigate yesterday’s posts*

      • T.Fanty says:

        You’re going back to school?

        And can I request some pickled onions? The English shop over here has just started stocking up on mincemeat – I’m very excited.

        I’m starting to think that I’m the only person in the world who didn’t watch Breaking Bad. I got halfway through the first season and gave up. Mr. F is urging me to work through it, on the grounds that it improves, but I don’t enjoy relentlessly bleak for extended periods of time, so I don’t know if I’ll go back.

        Yesterday was a fine CB day – TommyAnne is foxing it up with a sword, and Cumby is the gift that keeps on giving. Idris just wants you to know that he’s tougher/cooler/more street than anyone else around. Because who doesn’t love a middle aged GANGSTA?

      • Sixer says:

        Ok. I have seen. Luckily, I only want Idris for beast sex. So he can say anything he wants, however wankly, and I shan’t mind. He had a doozie yesterday, though.

        Tommy looks nip-and-beard-delish from the waist up but I feel that he shouldn’t hide those legs in joggers. After all, I, me, Sixer, the only woman who should matter to him, principally like him for his legs.

        @ Fanty

        Yep. School. I’m bored. Kids are bigger and I have some free time after work and family. I want to do something different and something I’ll find difficult. No books. No arts at all. Long term plan is a second bachelor’s degree from the Open University but this time in physics. My maths is nowhere near good enough though, so this year is for getting that up to scratch.

        I have three types of mixed pickle, pickled courgettes, roast tomato sauce, roast pepper sauce, ratatouille, and more. But no pickled onions. Mea maxima culpa.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Holy crap, that’s impressive. I fled physics after my GCSE’s. I still suspect that they only put me in a high set because I was the only girl in my year who opted for it (the alternative was biology and I had heard frog dissection would be required).

        What are you going to do with a physics/lit combo? As a sidenote, there’s some REALLY interesting work going on with lit and cognitive theory in my field.

      • Anna says:

        @Fanty – I never watched BB either and have no desire to, aside from general ‘staying on top of pop culture’ motivation.

        Refresh my memory: you’re a Brit? Pre-UES/midtown East? :) And a redhead, right?

      • Sixer says:

        I think foolhardy might be the better descriptor!

        Honestly? I’m not going to do anything with it. I enjoy my job. I’m not ambitious – in fact, as time goes on, I find myself less and less interested in status or money and I was never that fussed in the first place. It’s just for me to do something for me, that makes me happy and keeps me alive.

        Physics because it’s interesting. And everything flows from it, I guess. Also because it’s different to anything else I do in my life and I’ll probably find it hard.

        Seriously, though: if you have any ideas, no matter how left field, shout out. Nothing’s set in stone. If I change my mind before next year’s enrollment, nothing’s lost. I’ll just be better at maths!

      • T.Fanty says:

        That’s me! A happy ex-pat, living in NYC and talking about Shakespeare for money. Life is good.


        I get that. Your current job sounds great. I have so many interests I would like to pursue, and the list only grows as I get older and more cognizant of the world around me. If only someone would pay me to sit around all day and think and play around on CB…

      • Sixer says:

        Indeed. When I say I’m not fussed about filthy lucre, this obviously precludes the gurt big lottery win that would allow me to become salary-free and to pursue many more daft but satisfying avenues akin to mature student studies.

      • Anna says:

        You know I am totally gonna stalk you when I’m in NYC next May :)

      • T.Fanty says:

        Anna –

        It’s a date! I’ve already met a couple of FABULOUS Cbitches IRL and will gladly encounter more. I want to see if I can hold my liquor against a real life Russian! Don’t underestimate the power of Essex.

      • Anna says:

        Oh, dude, I am a 2 martinis/3-beers-and-done kind of gal. Now you’re making me think that I wont survive the weekend!

        PS – a few weeks ago one of my regular readers, who used to be an expat living in Moscow and with whom I connected via yet another expat here, she and I chatted in email, and CB came up, and amidst shout-outs to several CB*tches here, she goes, “OMG so you’re THAT Anna!”

      • j.eyre says:

        @Anna – let us speak more of this May visit…

        @Sixer – I had to eat a pickle and cheese sandwich yesterday just to feel closer to you. I fear I shall pout for the rest of the afternoon to hear your reasons were as silly as bettering your life through education and dazzling domestic pickling adventures? I thought it was a bad haircut.

      • Sixer says:

        Miss Jane – I know. They call me Flibbertigibbets-R-Us. I will try to use all future absences for much better purposes. If (when) sex or cheese and pickle is involved, I’ll come get you.

      • j.eyre says:

        SIxer – just so long as we learn from this. Now let’s off for vodka and pickled sex.

  16. freya says:

    No. Just no. Nope. Never in a million years.
    And I’m far from a die-hard LotR-fan, but I’m very exited about the movie. I don’t give a shit who’s the voice of Smaug, as long as it does the character justice.
    My reaction when I first saw the trailer? Yay, Legolas!
    Maybe there would have been more diverse comments if it hadn’t been discussed in a lizardface Cumberbatch-post, of course the discussion there is going to be focused mainly on him. I, for one, skip most of his posts. Just wanted to see the rest of the list in this one. //end rant

  17. Algernon says:

    I like Cumby and Hiddles but how did they beat out the likes of Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and RDJ, unless by rampant and ruthlessly organized fan voting? I think it speaks more to who has the biggest and most vocal fanbase. That said, the ladies’ list made no sense. Emma Watson is beautiful but she has the sex appeal of an apple. Ditto for Anne Hathaway, who ranks somewhere around a glass of tap water.

    • icerose says:

      It was interesting because I always hear Fassy being praised but although he is conventionally attractive he did very little for me in Jane Eyre -too bland. But I will be seeing 12 Years a Slave so maybe my opinion will change but he is competing with my love for Chiwetel Ejiofor so he may get overlooked again

      Some strange results but Empire is UK magazine I think so lots of UK votes?

  18. bets says:

    No way was this rigged. This poll is done every year. Its not obscure and no surprise. Empire is a big film magazine and film stars come far and wide to their awards show every year.Its also well respected in the industry.

    There was no special effort by the Cumberbatch fans. I’m on tumblr and the poll got the usual level of attention. He just IS that popular these days. If anything was fiddled it was the anglophenia poll because that can easily be influenced by bots.

    I’m annoyed people think its rigged. Hiddles or Cavill yes because they have huge Pr machines behind them spending a fortune. Cumberbatch doesnt. Suck it up. He won fair and square.

    • Jen says:

      Awww, Cumbersquatch fans are so naive, it’s cute.

      • icerose says:

        Kind of agree with you on that one. There was no PR campaign for Star Trek?? and certainly no PR campaign to get him into Star Wars. And Benny having three films on at Tiff was not plastered all over the UK press?? Daniel Radcliffe who also had three films there was barely mentioned prior to Tiff. And there was definitely no Oscar nomination campaign for his role in Assange (coughs). Funny though that Chiwetel Ejiofor ,who actually ended up walking away with all the praise at TIFF, was barely mentioned in the press prior to the screening. Yup no PR campaign at all.

      • lorkin says:

        Perhaps you have a special definition of ‘naive’. Tho’ new to the CumberCollective (only met him a few months ago speaking flawless German in ‘Parade’s End’ on Arte), have spent the interim tracking every role of his offered at Amazon. His breadth is amazing. Can’t remember the last time any actor has been able to transport me as this man can or slip so easily into a new persona. A glance, a gesture & the scene is his. Sexy for me is when you can’t take your eyes off the man, when he looks dead into the lens with blue-green eyes & you feel he is peering into your soul. Hiddleston with a long houndlike face & Fassbender with an everyman’s visage can’t cut it in comparison—even shamefully nude. If this is naive, so be it. Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, perhaps you & the many other verbal critics could take your urbane views elsewhere.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Lovely, eloquent description. Yes, he’s a true chameleon.

        My evidence for this: When people first saw Sherlock, & began to notice BC, they were hit with this shocking memory—*That* was the creepy creep in Atonement! No—that can’t be the same guy.


    • jammypants says:

      The winner of projecting goes to…

  19. lucy2 says:

    I don’t understand the results of either poll, but whatever.

  20. Maria says:

    I don’t want to live in this world anymore…

    /Benedict over Fassy, Idris, and RDJ makes baby Jesus weep

  21. Delta Juliet says:

    Any poll that doesn’t have Daniel Craig as Mostest Sexiest is moot to me.

  22. CaribbeanLaura says:

    LOL at all the Cumberhate. Whatevs. Go Benny with your sexi(est actor in the world) self. Seriously though I am a cumberloonie, I would give the “sexy” title to someone like Fassbender or Idris Elba.

  23. ZoZo says:

    Ummmm, no (LOL!). Oh, and Emma Watson???…the girl has ZERO sex appeal. WTF????.

  24. Jen says:

    The aliens from his home planet rigged it, obviously.

  25. Vesta says:

    “Come now
    Don’t be shy
    Step into the light”

    Well, here’s a phrase from that trailer I want to hear again

    - in Cumby’s bed…

  26. ag-UK says:

    It was voted on by 50,000 people that’s not even 2 large corporations or a small village in Somerset. I mean I like him but in the entire world noooo. I do think he is sexy but NO ONE I know does and I get that crazy eyes when I dare mention they shake their body as if they had the shivvers. LOL

  27. Pink says:

    Lol, just no.

    Talented? Yes.
    Sexy and beautiful? Not in a million years. He is so U.G.L.Y that hurts.

  28. Sachi says:

    Maybe it wasn’t rigged at all? Maybe they voted him because he’s the most visible in the media right now.

    Thing is, Tom Hiddlestone is not a household name and not many people recognize him beyond his Loki character just yet.

    Michael Fassbender as Magneto? X-Men First Class was 2 years ago. Prometheus was a domestic flop.

    Idris Elba in Pacific Rim? I don’t think so.

    Ryan Gosling isn’t out and about much these days. Ditto Daniel Craig.

    It’s like process of elimination. Cumberbatch is insanely popular right now. Even my Dad has taken notice and commented how big Cumberbatch has become this year, how much he reads/hears about the guy, and my Dad hardly watches any film released within the last 10 years except Daniel Craig in the James Bond movies. It’s not that surprising that people would vote for Cumberbatch beyond his looks.

    This is like People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and people are always angry when their favourite isn’t chosen eg. Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum before Ryan Gosling. I remember a lot of people moaning about that like it’s the worst thing to ever happen.

    • Anname says:

      With People’s SMA, the “winner” can turn it down. And it comes with the in-depth tell-all interview, of course.

      • Sachi says:

        But the premise must be the same: whoever gets the most work and media buzz in a year gets the SMA title. Nothing to do with being physically sexy, IMO, but sexy as in “#1 casting choice”.

        It was like that for Bradley Cooper after exploding into mainstream with the Hangover series. The same with Channing Tatum entering A-list status when all of his 3 movies last year broke the $100 million box office mark and he became a household name.

        It’s mostly based on who has the most visibility at the time. Looking at all the other “choices” from the poll, Cumberbatch is the one having the best year in terms of projects and media attention. It’s not surprising that people would remember him the most and vote for him.

      • Green Girl says:

        Given the year he’s had, do you think Cumby could be SMA for People magazine? Or do you think his stuff might be kind of out there for the readers? I was just looking at the list of past winners, and they all seem to be actors who have been stars in big-budget films (Clooney, Damon, Ryan Reynolds, etc.).

  29. umyeah says:

    he is so not sexy. He looks super creepy.

  30. Sephora Wilson says:

    I don’t think it was rigged at all. Every time someone who is unexpected to win, wins, people always call it rigged. When he comes in at #5 and in the top 10 on other lists is that rigged to? Lol smh
    Fact is, women do find Benedict attractive and I’m not surprised he won. I’m not surprised Tom came in #2(which alot of people are complaining about to).

    If people wanted their fave to win then they should have voted. It’s quite simple. Don’t hate the player hate the game. Not every woman wants a Henry Cavill.

  31. Beth says:

    None of those other people are sexier than Benedict, imo. He should get all the votes in all the polls, forever.

  32. Auj says:

    No, he is not sexy. He is not attractive. I enjoy Sherlock very much and think he and Martin are great together. But sexy? NO!

  33. flower says:

    The V people have landed and voted for their favorite alien lizard, that is the only way to explain it.

  34. Anna says:

    did this happen because kaiser voted again and again?

  35. eliza says:

    I’m in the minority. He looks like a ferret and I do not get his appeal, but for the ones who love him, enjoy.

  36. Miss Jupitero says:

    I don’t trust *any*!of those fan polls. Hiddlestoners campaign heavily and take it very personally, and it’s easy to stuff the ballot box.

    Not to go into too much detail, but a good friend of mine was once in a radio competition where listeners had to kick competitors off the island so to speak. The prize was 10k, and she needed the money to pay medical bills. She won because everyone on her LGBT listserv campaigned for her– and we found out later that some especially earnest supporters cast multiple votes from every computer at the MIT computer cluster, and rallied others to do the same. This actually works. Those pills are not very sophisticated.

    All that said I think this pill has more reality than other polls. Cumby doesn’t have the same over the top PR machine Hiddles has. GO Cumby you sexy thang!

    • Vesta says:

      It doesn’t sound too surprising (even to a very unskilled computer user like me) that poll results are quite easy to manipulate. Good thing that your friend won though, she/he obviosly needed it.

      As for these kind of “s£xiest something” polls it would be a bit embarrassing if someone actually used their skills to fix the result… Hmmm, and Cumby has quite a lot of computer nerd fans, so… I wouldn’t be shocked.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I don’t suspect ballot stuffing in Cumby’s case– I do with Hiddles specifically because his fans on Twitter campaign heavily when he is in any poll, reminding a fans daily to vote. Nobody else seems to do this.

      • Vesta says:

        @Miss Jupitero – Hiddles fanatics seem to be ready for political movements for him, so you’re right that they would be the actual suspects for ballot stuffing.
        Maybe it just seemed a bit unreal at first that Cumby really won this…

        (btw sorry for messing your friend with a she/he option, when you clearly wrote SHE. Silly me!)

      • Sixer says:

        Speaking as a Britisher, I can say Benny the Bitch has a much bigger profile than the PuddleTom and particularly among women. Many mums and many daughters like Benny the Bitch. Even my 60-something mother thinks he’s lovely.

        PuddleTom, on the other hand, passes largely unnoticed, save for a few sons and daughters who like comic books and movies (and the comic cohort in the UK seems much smaller proportionally to the one in the US).

    • Thora says:

      His pr sucks a lot I say as a huge fan. I’m sure he won because of his passionate internet fans like me.

    • jammypants says:

      Serious? Cumberfans campaigned the living daylights out of every poll too. I use what you call the internet and see this, so I know. They are just as passionate as Hiddlefans. I’m being objective here, sis.

  37. Sassy says:

    Gotta be a joke because NO. JUST NO.

  38. Thora says:

    He’s soo sexy, I think about him al the time. It’s not about his looks, before you haven’t experienced this what I feel you wont really understand. I quess it’s al the little things, like that he wears fans jumpers, that cap he’s wearing al the time, his eyes(never forget the eyes), his heart lips, how he hugs people, his rambling but thoughtful answers, he’s sweetness, he’s just so real.

    I do get that some people think he looks like a lizzard too lol. Still he’s the sexiest for me, I have never felt this for a celebrity before.

  39. Ann says:

    OMG, JUST NO!!! Standards for men are SO LOW!

  40. O'Angie says:

    Sexiness to me is someone worthy of a great bang and a great chat; pick your order. His talent, personality, sense of humor, self-awareness AND looks set me on fire! Can you imagine the debates and then the make-up sessions? And then there’s the voice … gulp! Anyways, I can totally understand why he doesn’t do it for everyone, but for me, perfection!

  41. Ari says:

    when there are actors like idris in the world hell to the no on this guy no offense to his fans

  42. MavenTheFirst says:

    Well, that’s just silly. He has a fabulous voice. That is all.

  43. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    Am I the only one who finds the change in pattern of “Sexiest Male” interesting? For a long time those polls have been dominated by conventionally good-looking men of … dubious talent (and if this were the nineties or early aughts, I’d put good money that Henry Cavill would have been the winner). Now, maybe due to the power of teh interwebs or just an overall change in the viewing public’s tastes, it’s skewing towards men who are controversial looks-wise but undeniably talented and intriguing. I’m neutral on Cumberbatch but I’m enjoying that someone like him took this one.

    Now I wish like all hell that this would finally start to extend to ‘Sexiest Woman’ polls, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before that ever happens. :/

    • Eve says:

      No, you’re not the only one.

      And yes, you’re right about the same NOT happening to women anytime soon (or ever).

    • Karen says:

      You have a good point about the women but for the men, Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, etc. who have been named sexiest all have Oscar nominations or won oscars and not just for one role, but proved themselves multiple times.

      Fassbender, Cumber, and Hiddle all have 0 Oscar nominations.

      • Vesta says:

        You’re soo right. Pitt, Cruise etc. are the real deal: exceptionally talented actors, whose looks played no part when they started their career. Their s£xiness is just an added bonus!

        But Cumberbatch & Hiddles – those two are the WORST. I mean, they’re like nothing but conventional good looks from head to toe. No talent, nada, just two empty pretty boys. When they lose their looks, it’s over.

      • Tish says:

        “No talent, nada, just two empty pretty boys.”

        Oh, Vesta. Gotta disagree with you there. It’s the opposite. I’m obviously a fan of Cumby and I don’t care if people think he’s hideous but people thinking he and Hiddes have no talent whatsoever is just ridiculous.

      • Eve says:

        @ Tish:

        I’m pretty sure Vesta was being sarcastic.

      • Vesta says:

        @Tish – if you go and read my little postings on CB, you’ll pretty soon find out that I have the name Cumberbatch tattooed on my lower back :)

        @Eve – Ah sarcasm, yeah, I clearly don’t master that noble and admirable skill yet… ;)

      • Eve says:

        @ Vesta:

        To be fair, even the best, most refined sarcasm doesn’t always translate (well) into print.

        Heck, not even an obvious one. For instance, I once wrote a comment on a Jolie thread, posing as some of her most vicious dectrators — even though I had been posting on CB for quite some time and many regulars knew I was “Team Jolie”, some thought it was for real.

        It wasn’t as much as they couldn’t get sarcasm (in general) but the fact they probably spotted my comment and read it without realizing its context. Or they didn’t know who I was (which is kinda sad, because I totally want to believe I’m a star here…no, I’m not even going to humblebrag à la Gwynnie and TommyAnnE).

      • Vesta says:

        @Eve – thank you for your story, it’s consoling to hear misunderstandings have happened to even true professionals (and that was not sarcasm). Anyway, it is a complete mystery to me how anyone on CB can even momentarily forget your tongue-in-cheek attitude (a random visitor is the only exception). Because for my part I can tell that the moment I saw your avatar face, it was sarcasm at first sight..(isn’t that better than love at first sight?)

        I so agree sarcasm doesn’t always translate to print, but I also believe very much it’s a skill (which I don’t master even when I speak aloud in my own language, sigh).

        I’ve posted so little on CB that I don’t expect to be recognized and understood because people know me, but in this case I just could not resist joking about empty pretty boys when virtually in EVERY single thread it has been repeated how Cumby and Tommy are plain/ugly but talented… (are they even talented, no Oscars!)

    • Vesta says:

      That’s a welcomed shift in dynamics, if it lasts and isn’t just a few unusual choices now and then.

      And I’m echoing that it would be even more welcomed to women’s side, but like you said it happens when the hell freezes and causes the new Ice Age. Would it be something like Tilda Swinton – the sexiest movie star 2513?

      • Eve says:

        “Would it be something like Tilda Swinton – the sexiest movie star 2513?

        You mean Tilda Swinton’s mummified body? Now *THAT* would a shift in dynamics.

        P.S.: I know, I’m horrible today. Don’t mind me.

      • Vesta says:

        @Eve – Ha ha ha, probably a very drastic shift is necessary anyway so why not go all the way! And isn’t she already now like a reeally OLD mummy to most men(she’s 52)…

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Vesta, I am very impressed with your Cumberbatch tattoo. My attempt to get a Cumby “tramp stamp” was a hopeless fiasco. The tattoo artist doesn’t believe in Nuns getting tattoos, as he is a traditionalist who thinks this will send him on an expressway to Hell. He was so stubborn!

        After bickering with him all through High Mass, I attempted to trick him by spelling Cumberbatch’s name in a number of different fanciful ways. This also failed.

        Finally he made an exasperated, somewhat belligerent phone call to Mother Superior, who sent Nun Security over to drag me to the dungeon *again*.

      • Vesta says:


        TRAMP stamp?!? :( I was told it’s the “lady label”… But oh no, that is just sad you had to face all that undeserved anger, and got cruelly punished, once again, when for Owl God’s sake you only tried to acquire a delicate mark of eternal love!

        And yet I tell you, you had luck. Firstly, you got to howl Benedict Cumberbatch name variations (I know it makes you happy). Secondly, Wanda would NEVER accept a tattooed bird for her precious owling son. So, mine isn’t a real one but a ballpoint pen tattoo.

        I only wear it to cover the traces of an actual removed tattoo, which had another man’s initials… To Wanda I’m telling this romantic story that I found CB (hot men lust central) only because it’s the Owl Parliament’s official web site nowadays. She’s old fashioned, you know.

  44. Dommy Dearest says:

    I just don’t get it. He looks alien to me. The eyes, forehead, and just overall head area. So no.

  45. Bec215 says:

    Sorry, but hell no. Sean Connery at 83 is sexier than Cumberbatch. He may be a fine actor, but his ‘unconventional’ look is not one for the masses. Sorry.

  46. Ruth Dunbar says:

    Deserving? Not while Mads Mikkelsen lives.

  47. aaquarius74 says:

    Loki is n°2, as usual.

  48. Jane says:

    The man does nothing for me. I don’t get it.

  49. Gina says:

    “sexiest actor in the world”?? buwahahahaha, uhhhhh NO. Wrong again.

  50. Thiajoka says:

    I think he’s a great actor, but he just doesn’t do it for me in that way. Idris Elba would have been my pick. Is my pick.

  51. Claudia says:

    I like Cumberbatch as much as the next person– but this was rigged. I get the attraction; I think he can be weirdly sexy in Sherlock (and in Star Trek Into Darkness), but I know his looks aren’t palatable for a large majority of people beyond his ardent fans. There are far, far sexier men out there.

    These polls/titles are just silly fun, in the end. So whatever…

    Just wanted to add: I’m excited for the next Hobbit film to come out! The first doesn’t measure up to the LOTR trilogy (and it’s not supposed to, the tone of the books are really different), but it’s a fun watch. As long as they cut out the singing… And I’m definitely NOT looking forward to the silly Legolas love story shoved in there. Ugh.

  52. SE says:

    How do you have a post about this without a photo of the Sherlock curls?? *swooon*

  53. Janet says:

    Maybe in another world in some parallel universe, but certainly not in this one.

  54. Mel says:

    The question is, in WHICH of the many worlds in the vast space of the universe.
    Certainly not, in my opinion, in the world I live in: the Earth.

  55. faith says:

    This is the sexiest actor in the world?maybe he is the sexiest in his country.HUGE world wide? really? in his dreams.I heard about him for the first time on this site and I still can’t get his name stuck in my head,its just too long.

  56. glaughy says:

    HAHA is this poll being ironic?

    i dont know anything about him (other than I skip over every post focussed on him) but he’s super ugly. would not bang.

  57. Grax says:

    Nope…for the life of me cant get dis guy’s attraction….he looks strange…lucky him i guess

  58. Brittnee says:

    Benedict deserves it! He is so attractive, and the way he portrays Sherlock is just fantastic. And that voice, and those cheekbones <3

  59. lorkin says:

    Had to come back & check again on the awful reactions to this Wizard (NB: not ‘lizard’) by so many who can’t seem to separate themselves from ‘accepted’ standards. Since he has become my Master of Smoke & Mirrors, it is a relief to find so many comments, many truly hilarious, from (s)hes who appreciate his magic, BC the Magnificent, the stage magician who brings you illusion in the form of reality—or is it reality in the form of illusion?