No one thought Benedict Cumberbatch was hot when he was cast as Sherlock

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Entertainment Weekly is trying to kill me. They’re trying to kill off all the Cumberbitches with this cover. It’s not even that this cover shot is hands-down, pants-off amazing (like, say, the Sex Gloves Photo), but it’s just so… close. I can’t help but stare. Stare into his almond eyes, stare at his oddly enchanting eyebrows, stare at the Cumbercurls and the Cumberlips and… yes, Entertainment Weekly is trying to kill us.

Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock covers the new issue of EW because PBS will premiere Season 3 starting this Sunday. British Sherlock-loonies have already seen the three-episode season, so please, no spoilers! I think most American fans are simply waiting for PBS to air the episodes. I have to admit… I love this season of The Good Wife, but for the next three Sundays, I’m just going to be camped out on PBS. Screw the Grammys (two Sundays from now). I know I shouldn’t say that, but seriously. I’m going to be watching Downton Abbey and Sherlock.

Anyway, Entertainment Weekly has some new quotes from Cumby and assorted Sherlock people, and there are some MILD SPOILERS for Season 3 (I bet you already know them though), so here are some highlights:

*Producer Sue Vertue on how Cumby was cast as Sherlock: “When we first cast him, people were saying, ‘You promised us a sexy one!’”

*The episode where Watson marries: “It’s going to hit people where they live,” says Martin Freeman.

*Cumby almost turned down the role: “My reservation was ‘Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it,’” says Cumberbatch. “This was before I had had any significant success [but] I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn’t stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So I did have a pause for thought.”

*Deciding to do it:I thought, If I’m going to do this, if I’m going to step into the limelight with a large leading role of iconic status, then I might as well do it these people,” he recalls. “They know what they’re doing and I completely trust them. I felt like I was being asked to join the family and have some fun. There was nothing businessy about it. And that’s how to operate it.”

And that’s it. That’s all EW teased. So maybe they’re not trying to kill us quite yet.

Interestingly enough, the Cumberbitches did manage to out-flank the Dragonflies on one important task: Benedict “won” an online Critics Choice Award for “Hottest Star” last night. He was not there to receive his award. Shame.

Also: the NY Post ran a breezy little point-counterpoint on Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock versus Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. I watch Elementary too, and I think of it as a different animal altogether from the BBC Sherlock series. I enjoy Elementary very much – the last three episodes have been extraordinarily good, I think my favorite was the one where we discovered that Joan Watson loves all things mafia. I would definitely recommend Elementary to anyone who enjoys the BBC’s Sherlock.

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  1. AG-UK says:

    love him but not the 1st or last photo his hair seems to be growing from the top hahahahah or some odd fashion.

    • Maureen says:

      You’re right. It’s just growing out from the same cut he had when he was playing Turing, which is longer on top and shorter on the sides. He could have just cut the top so it was level with the rest of his hair but I have a feeling he does not like his hair very short. Some people are really self-conscious about very short hair as they tend to feel it accentuates features they don’t like. I bet he’s trying to wait until the sides grow out more so he can get a more even cut. That’s the only explanation I can think of for why he’d keep that awful 1950′s ‘do!

  2. Leah says:

    Thats because he isn’t. He is a talented chap who gets more attractive through his parts and talent. Just watched August, O county and he is so odd looking. Also think he sucks at accents. His oz accent was laboured and sometimes in August his english broke through.
    Give him an upper class englishman though and he excels.

    • QQ says:

      *Hallelluu* thanks for beating me to the punch, Tumblr is a treasure trove of “ARE YALL KIDDING ME WITH THIS GUY” pics

    • GiGi says:

      HaHa! I just came to say the same. Not hot.

    • LadySlippers says:

      BC’s accent for Assange was apparently spot on as JA does have an eclectic mix of accents.

      As for BC and accents — I agree he does seem to struggle with them. I don’t wonder if he needs an accent coach all the time. He had one for TFE but no word about his use of one in other movies. BC’s English accent pops up in STID. To me, the most obvious accent changes are in 12YAS, every take showed him with a slightly different accent. From the clips of A:OC, the accent shift to his English accent is very minor but noticeable if you have an ear. Fanty said in LF his posh accent kept pooping up too. Lol So there he’s not even got a handle on it.

      Hopefully this gets better as he continues to work.

      • MissMary says:

        He supposedly had an accent coach for 12YAS but from articles and such it sounded more like they had one person for all the Brits, picking out different accents (they made some comment about how for BC, they chose upper class New Orleaneans from the 30s for him to listen to). He tends to always sound like a Brit “doing” an accent and it can be pretty distracting at times, no matter how good his acting is in a film.

      • LadySlippers says:

        MissMary, I agree. I have an ear that can usually pick out subtle changes in speech. So I find accent shifts VERY distracting.

        I’d have to watch TFE again but nothing stood out for me so I am fairly certain he CAN stick to one accent for an entire movie. He just needs the right support. And I forgot about the one vocal coach for 12YAS, so thanks for reminding me.

      • Leah says:

        ladyslippers, i dont agree about assange. I watched the 5th estate and we steal secrets the doc about assange and wikileaks in the same week. benedicts take on assange sounded laboured and theatrical. Assange has an odd accent, but not in the way of how benedict played it. In my opinion. He just doesn’t seem like he has a good ear for accents.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Leah, I’ll have to go back and watch video of JA before rewatching TFE. I was going by people that saw BC’s portrayal not my own opinion.

        I think he can do it for a limited time but sustaining another accent is hard for a lot of people. For example, Emma Watson did not pull off a good American accent in ‘Perks of a Wallflower’ (awesome movie) but was much better in ‘Bling Ring’.

      • AG-UK says:

        I think Aussies do good American accents. Then again all the ones in the Wire who were Irish, English were good. Walking Dead guy, Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire can’t think of his real name.

      • GeeMoney says:

        @AG-UK

        Julian McMahon has the best American accent I’ve ever heard. I couldn’t believe it when I found out he was Australian. And his Australian accent is THICK!

      • Maureen says:

        I haven’t seen the JA movie, 12 years,, or A:OC yet but just from the trailer for A:OC and the clips specifically of Little Charles I can TOTALLY hear his Brit accent creeping in. As a native Southerner myself I can spot a forced Southern accent. He did SOME phonics well with the Okie accent and other times Brit phonics slipped in. Another thing I really, really, really wish Ben would work on is finding different facial expressions to use when he’s acting. He uses far too many of Benedict Cumberbatch’s own expressions when he’s playing other characters. I saw it in Little Charles. That indicates a laziness within him as an actor and a laziness within the director for not bothering to point it out. All he has to do is study the expressions of a total stranger and then mimic THAT person on camera. God, it’s not that hard. Ben’s a really good actor but he’s not going to go beyond where he currently is if he doesn’t deal with his accents and his facial expressions.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Maureen,
        I’ve lived down South on and off my whole life so I get where you’re coming from. Accents need to be correct — regardless of the region they are from. The accents in Fargo seemed to be a farcical portrayal of the MN/ Dakota accent and it ruined the movie for me. They were just so extreme and off…

        Little Charles’ accent wasn’t too too forced or off but if that bugged you — you’ll hate Ford’s. Literally every take Benedict had a different accent and it drove me bonkers. The woman I was with couldn’t hear it though so I was alone with my comments. Luckily he doesn’t have that many scenes and it’s a shame because his acting, as per his usual, is superb. Now if he could raise his accents to the level of his acting he’d be even better than he is now.

        From the clips I’ve seen of A:OC I liked Benedict’s portrayal of Little Charles. I also haven’t seen it all so don’t know how the other actors and actresses deal with the Okie twang.

    • V4Real says:

      I still don’t think he’s hot but admitted that he is starting to look better in a Thomas Gibson kind of way. I think it’s the way he is styling his hair. Refer to the cover of that Entertainment Weekly pic and then look at the other pics where his hair is styled differently.

      Oh geez in that last pic he is so Dharma and Greg.

    • FLORC says:

      Leah
      Absolutely right!
      His characters give him appeal. He’s just not hot and not a leading man.

      • gefeylich says:

        Yep – spot on. His voice and acting ability make him fascinating, but he is not good-looking or sexy. He reminds me of many annoying upper class British twits I’ve known – they’re all drunks, they all love scatalogical humor, they’re all horn dogs and they all have intense superiority complexes. Oh, and none of them can dance, yet they spazz around on dance floors all the time.

        I love Cumberbatch and will watch him in anything, but he could be my ghetto son and as such does nothing for me gonad-wise.

      • FLORC says:

        gefeylich
        Your comment gave me the most hilarious visual!

    • Ajla R says:

      Hahaha this.

      When I read the headline I thought “Maybe because he isn’t…”

    • Steph says:

      Absolutely NOT NOT NOT hot. At all. Whatsoever.

    • Audrey says:

      Completely agree! He’s a wonderful actor, but I wouldn’t consider him hot. I will say that his Sherlock character is sexy, though. Sounds weird but there’s a difference. ;)

    • Delorb says:

      Haha. They left themselves open for that one. I think he’s very hot and talented no matter the role. I understand why people think the way they do, because I don’t understand how anyone would find Tom Hiddlestonered sexy or hot. To each his own.

    • lee says:

      That is interesting. I am Asian and English is not my first language so all American accents sounds the same to me.

  3. tifzlan says:

    I still don’t think he’s “hot.”

  4. Pebbles says:

    I dont think he is least bit attractive. He looks like a pasty hybrid of a slimy lizard and grasshopper.
    He must have an amazing PR team to make him the sexiest man alive in some magazine.

  5. Beth says:

    This cover is amazing because it’s so very…Sherlock.

  6. Kiddo says:

    Question: So is it Jag-u-are, as it is pronounced in ads, or is it Jag-wahr? The Jag-u-are sounds so pretentious and affected to me.

    I sometimes enjoy Elementary, but then I feel like the character is an offshoot and combination of ‘House’ plus ‘Sheldon’, and that grows tiresome over a few episodes.

  7. LaurieH says:

    You’ll have to forgive me, but I have no idea what all the hype about this guy is. I know his name, but have never seen him in anything (granted, I don’t go to the movies) and I don’t find him particularly good-looking. In fact, he looks like the love child of Dennis Quaid and Pierce Brosnan – which is not a bad thing – but I just don’t get it. I’m putting this one in my Huh? pile, along with Lena Dunham, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and a long list of others that I just don’t get what all the hoopla is about.

    • Maureen says:

      You admit that you don’t know his work. THAT is why you don’t get “the hype” (and it’s not hype — he really is a great actor).

      • FLORC says:

        I know his work. For not being into him i’ve seen a good number of his films and sherlock. He’s not a leading man. Good actor, but needs a good supporting cast.
        And I also ‘t get the hype. He gives me a big Meh overall.

      • Abby says:

        you are the first person whom I know that thinks he is meh after seeing his work. Even my friends who detest his looks always agree that he is a great actor after seeing his wok.

        Also what is a leading man material?? In my books Channing Tatum and Johnny Depp aren’t leading man material yet here they are getting lead roles….one is getting it cz of his looks other for his talent

      • Maureen says:

        @FLORC

        Interesting that you didn’t mention anything you’ve seen him in. In any case, no one said he was a leading man (by “leading man” I assume you mean a romantic lead, since indeed he has had numerous lead roles, including Sherlock). And if he’s such a “big Meh” I don’t know why you’d bother to see his films and Sherlock. I’m sorry, your commentary just doesn’t jive.

        I’ve said before that I really believe that people who find him ugly seem really angry that others of us like him.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        @Abby. Totally agree re Channing Tatum not being leading man material. Johnny has had his moments (more so in the earlier stages of his career) but hasn’t really hit the nail on the head in recent years.

      • original kay says:

        I know his work and find him to a very meh actor.

        the brilliance of Sherlock was down to Moriarty, for me. Moriarty is truly spectacular.

        eta- lmao @ Maureen! you get my laugh of the day for your posts :)

      • FLORC says:

        Maureen
        Just because I didn’t list it doesn’t mean I haven’t seen it. To name a few if it suits you..
        Stark Trek
        Sherlock
        5th Estate
        Atonement
        He really has been in a lot. He’s like the actor that sneaks his way into many roles in many movies. Like Malkovich and sometimes Gary Oldeman.
        Anyways, He is a decent actor, but if it was up to him to hold up a movie I would be cringing. He just doesn’t have what it takes for me to really get involved with his character. I guess it’s called a presence. He had his chance in 5th estate to carry it and I was never sucked in.

        And Maureen. Sometimes there’s just nothing good on tv, but you are just bored. And I tend to watch a lot of BBC for its other shows. And don’t missunderstand me. I don’t hate things he’s in. I just don’t think there’s anything special about his looks or acting skills to warrant this level of fangirling imo.
        WAsn’t he in Tinker Tailor too? I have been meaning to see that. It looked interesting:)

  8. MissMary says:

    He has some questionable hair grooming habits, lol. Unless it is for a role, he tends to favor slicking his hair back (and apparently requests the look–last year’s Oscars tweets had the MUA who did his hair and make up –yes, make up, even though he just went to a viewing party lol–saying he had requested a ‘very Mad Men’ thing with slicked hair).

  9. FingerBinger says:

    From Basil Rathbone to Benedict Cumberbatch, all the Sherlock Holmes have never been lookers. Sherlock Holmes was never supposed to be sexy. He supposed to smart and clever, that’s it. Robert Downey Jr. would be the exception.

  10. Linda says:

    He still isn’t hot…I don’t know why people are trying to make him hot…

  11. Happy21 says:

    He’s a great actor but he does absolutely nothing for me.

  12. DesertReal says:

    “No one thought Benedict Cumberbatch was hot when he was cast as Sherlock…”

    And I still don’t.
    He’s looks as if an alien, met a meth head, that had a roll in the hay with a deer.

    The end.

  13. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Entertainment Weekly is trying to kill us! Quick! Run into a chiropractor’s office and call Kanye!

  14. T.fanty says:

    The Cumber-hot is working for me in that photo, but can we PLEASE get the man some good face cream? I’m the same age as him and starting to worry that I have whatever the opposite of body dysmorphia is, because when I look in the mirror, I look ten years younger than our darling DUC.

  15. Rabia says:

    He’s really a very odd looking man. I like Sherlock, but I’ve never once thought he looked “hot” in it.

  16. BendyWindy says:

    I think he’s attractive, not hot. He’s someone that really benefits from being seen and heard in motion.

  17. misstressofsylar says:

    Yes a thousand times to Elementary. I’m q big Sherlock fan and was quite hesitant to give it a chance. But I’ve been hooked since day 1, mainly because I really loved their spins on Watson and Moriarty. Dare I say it, it’s even better than Sherlock *ducks and hides

    • original kay says:

      I am with you completely.

      I love Elementary. The plots can be weak, it’s true, but the over all acting outdoes Sherlock.

      I love JLM in elementary, and lucy is brilliant as watson. what’s his face, the hobbit watson, truly horrifies me. he cannot even get a sentence out, his “acting” drives me bats. sake with sherlock.
      both Moriartys are excellent, I love the spin with the character in Elementary.

      Sherlock, to me, relies on BC talking as fast as he can and the use of imagery to solve the cases (for example, the wedding scene with the “target” signs). Watson is weak, in every way.
      Elementary actually shows both of them working as a team to solve the case, they make mistakes and learn from each other. The winding theme of Moriarty is real, the push pull of the relationship. also, JLM is just funny, endearing. He hides letters in a beehive. :)
      lmao!

  18. Nessa says:

    Not. Hot. Not then. Not now. Not ever. Sorry.

  19. Hello Kitty says:

    I disagree on Elementary. It’s a crime drama and the characters happen to have the names Sherlock and Watson. It’s not as enjoyable to watch. But I do like what Elementary did with the Irene Adler character. Total “Fk Yeah!” moment .

  20. Brittney says:

    Co-signing the fact that Sherlock fans should give Elementary a try.

    My uncle is a longtime literature professor (with a cottage in England), and this really surprised me, but he maintains that Elementary is the most accurate interpretation of Doyle’s books. After watching both, I agree with him! You’d think the British version (with two males) would be the most faithful, but Liu and Miller have such effortless chemistry, and their dynamic is much closer to the original characters’.

  21. Helvetica says:

    I still don’t think he’s hot. At all.

  22. Darlene says:

    That cover is nice, but just WAIT until you see the other photos, specifically the ones of Martin Freeman/John Watson. They have him doing DUCKLIPS. Are you KIDDING ME???

    ps. I have been rewatching the first two seasons of Sherlock in preparation for Sunday night and when I watched them the first time, it was ALL SHERLOCK ALL THE TIME and I was IN LOVE. With the second watching, I’m all “whoa, John’s hot” and now it’s all about John and his little reactions. <3

  23. Birdie says:

    No spoilers!
    The first episode: I said OMG every two seconds.
    The second episode: Wasn’t feeling it.
    The third episode: The very last second was EVERYTHING!

  24. Abby says:

    lol wow finally the haters are back at BC’s posts…looks like their favourites aren’t doing much, hence the undivided attention to ripping his looks apart.

    I think this whole debate over his looks is getting tedious, you either get it or you don’t. I don’t mind people expressing their opinions in saying they don’t find him attractive….it’s their opinion.

    BUT what I don’t like is how they judge others who like him….saying eww how can people like him? like what is it to you if one likes him or not jeezzzzz

    • Kelly says:

      Ha, I’ve always wondered why do women do that?

      Ever since junior high, whenever I’d say I fancied some boy who wasn’t attractive to my friends, they’d all flip out “omg, eww, how can you like HIM?? what do you see there?? are you blind??”
      I’d always hate that!
      What’s it to you if the guy I like is hot or not, as long as he’s hot to me?

      You’d think women would applaud other women for having a different taste in men as that means there’s more for everyone and less fighting, but NO, women feel the need to approve the man of another woman somehow, give me a fckin break…

  25. Granger says:

    BC isn’t what I would call hot… But I do think he’s incredibly sexy. It’s something in the way he moves (thanks, McCartney), and of course, his voice is lovely.

  26. GeeMoney says:

    I don’t care what anyone says… I think he’s pretty hot.

    Love him!

  27. Lori says:

    I notice “we’re” not getting p!ssed off that the magazine chose to only use a head shot of him? He’s also in a coat……….no body mad about that? He’s not the standard beauty, but nobody seems to be complaining that he didn’t get a standard “hot guy” cover?

  28. Jenna says:

    “I think most American fans are simply waiting for PBS to air the episodes.” <<< LOL
    Nope. Not this one! Or any of my friends. The internet can be a wonderful place, just saying!

  29. Brown Eyed Girl says:

    I don’t think he’s that hot in photos. I think his mannerisms, his voice, and his appearance make him hot. I’d chose him over David Beckham anyday.

  30. Hiddles ex ThunderGod says:

    Sherlock is hot, Cumby isn’t. Wish he could stop to style his hair that way too.. it does him no favours.

    Mini-spoiler: Wait for episode three to judge the series…… :)
    After the first two episodes my hubby didn’t even want to watch the third… and he is a massive fan :)

  31. Maple Yank says:

    Something (in the way she moves) was a George song.

  32. Sam H x says:

    I have yet to see Benedict in Sherlock. His looks aren’t what I was attracted to initially, it was his sweet, down to earth, intelligent, articulate and witty nature. His voice is very sexy and his eyes are striking. His personal qualities and mannerisms are incredibly sexy. I agree he shouldn’t sweep his hair back, he should let it down. I like a man who can back up his looks with substance. I would love to pick his brain and really probe him about everything.

    I caught two episodes of Elementary a while back. Loved Jonny Lee Miller’s spin on Sherlock’s character. I have yet to get on my hands on it and give it a watch. I can just about keep up with Modern Family, The Blacklist, Breaking Bad and Hannibal lol.

  33. Jen says:

    And? He’s still not hot.

    Season 3 of Sherlock was crap.

  34. mazzie says:

    Eh, I maintain that people have preferences when it comes to looks. What turns one on turns another off.

    Well, except one person, who seems to be determined to come into every Cumberbatch post to say she’s not attracted to him.

  35. Phi says:

    I find him very attractive. I doesn’t look anything beyond meh.. in photographs but he has so much personality, wits, some very sexy mannerisms, seems extremely polite, and THAT VOICE.
    Plus, his looks are so unconventional, so exotic, it makes him stand out. I wouldn’t want a man that looks … average.

  36. mariaj says:

    ” No one thought Benedict Cumberbatch was hot”, yeah, me too. i still do. Interesting guy, but SEXY!? in wich world?

  37. T.Fanty says:

    Okay, so 105 comments later (on this post, anyway), this is where we’re at: all of the ladies on my left think he’s an Evil-Cat/Lizard-King-Posh-Alien coming to impregnate us all and take over the world, spawning his peculiar race. All of the ladies to my right know this too, and find the prospect rather hot. All of the ladies in the middle “don’t get it.” Some ovaries exploded, some recoiled, some just shrugged and went “meh.”

    Can we FINALLY put this issue to bed now?

  38. CC says:

    Re: the headline

    I still don’t. He’s not even cute. Not sure about how good his work is, because i can’t recall having an interest in any of his work. I guess I’ll see 12 years a slave at some point. Then i’ll have an opinion on that one.

  39. Peppa says:

    Aww, I’m far from a Cumberbitch (or whatever his fanbase is called lol) but I think he’s a handsome man! He’s definitely not conventionally hot ( he has squinty eyes and triangle lips), but I don’t understand some of the vitriol about his looks.

  40. LauraM says:

    Benedict cumberbatch is hot bc he has posh swagger, amazing lips, amazing voice. Boom. Done.

  41. lucy says:

    I read the headline and took the bait: Nope, not finding this one the least bit hot or attractive — and, not sure how he can get work with that unfortunate off-putting name. However, his looks are natural so can’t fault him for that! The moniker could be dealt with, but it seems to be taking hold as is, despite having all the “smooth” of Frankenstein tap dancing like Fred Astaire.

    There’s a lid for every pot, thank goodness!

  42. allons-y alonso says:

    “No one thought Benedict Cumberbatch was hot when he was cast as Sherlock” – Really? I did. I thought he was odd looking, yes but I like that sort of thing. I’m no beauty either so I don’t believe in judging people that way.

  43. Lizzie says:

    I just can’t see what people see in him. I like him as an actor, but to me he is not remotely good looking. I look and look to try and see what I am missing, but as yet I can’t see it. Surely I can’t be the only one who feels like that.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Lizzie, I don’t get why Brad Pitt makes women swoon either but you don’t find me bashing others for finding him hot. And I know I’m not the only one.

      Different strokes for different folks.

      • lucy says:

        LadySlippers, the commenter you are taking issue with is not bashing anyone at all, she is simply holding a different opinion than yours. Stating that one is not attracted to a person is far from bashing that person. There is no attack. To your other point, Pitt, Timberlake, DiCaprio, Depp…are not on my swoon list either, but do hold firm ground on some people’s swoon lists, and I am fine with that. Different strokes for different folks, indeed!

      • O'Angie says:

        100% agree LS. It’s like people are offended that people dare to find him hot. The world would be pretty dang boring and lonely if everyone had the exact same taste. I happen to adore Cumby. For many, many reasons which do include his looks.

      • Kelly says:

        OMG another woman who’s never found Brad Pitt attractive! I am overjoyed!
        I never, NEVER understood the attraction of the girly looking, boring, uninteresting Brad Pitt! Never. THANK GOD there’s a change in the actors’ looks now, I’d give up Hollywood altogether if they’d all produced Pitts, Clooneys, RDJs and DiCaprios…

      • Peach says:

        I don’t find Brad Pitt sexy or attractive at all.
        But it’s matter of taste.

        ;)

    • lucy says:

      Lizzie, clearly we are not alone, speaking for myself and pointing to numerous posters in this community. As for what others see in him, a few posters have weighed in on that here, too. All good by me. As I said upthread, there’s a lid for every pot – and thank goodness for that! Otherwise there would be too much competition for too little variety.

  44. original kay says:

    Thanks for the Elementary shout out!

    I too thought the last few episodes were particularly good.

    The last Sherlock episode renewed my faith. It was a different writer from the first 2 of this new season, and it shows.

  45. Yodi says:

    He is so ugly in pictures. I think his PR team is trolling us with this sex symbol thing. I mean he is a quality actor whats wrong with that? Why does he have to be force fed us as this sex symbol?

    • MissMary says:

      Keeping him a hot commodity, or making him one, and keeping his name on the lips of the masses, as it were. He wants a big career, from what it seems like given his recent movie choices, and being perceived as “hot,” “sexy,” and popular (esp with the coveted young female fanbase) will help him get those big roles, or at least roles in big moneymakers where he can get name recognition.

  46. pru says:

    Hot! I’m saying it definitively, so it must be true.
    What I don’t understand is how some don’t understand how something don’t like can be liked by someone else.

  47. SJ says:

    Question – this is the second post I’ve seen someone mention Benedict with escorts….have I missed something??

    • LadySlippers says:

      It’s from a blind item (which BTW are 99.9% wrong) that claimed BC used escorts instead of cashing in on his fame. And spends a ton of money doing it too so the comments are based on that.

      Some people here think the blind item has some validity while others don’t. And still others use it as a joke and don’t care whether it’s true or not.

      Hope that helps.

      • Shiv says:

        Thanks for clarifying.

        Cumberbatch…escorts?….£25k?….dating young girl named Evalina?….I’ve been off celebotchy too long. My head is going to burst.

        The cumber collective will go kray kray if true haha. I don’t believe those blind items but who’s.

      • Miss Scarlet says:

        Speaking of the ladies, he’s been spotted with this blonde a couple of times since arriving in LA. Here’s a pic from her Instagram…http://instagram.com/p/jPL8rauzNZ/

      • Kate says:

        Don’t believe the gossip about $25k escorts. Dude wore the same swim trunks for years. I read on another site (DL or IMDB?) that Evelina was just a friend of his, or maybe in the same circles, and someone read too much into things she posted that were not about him. Whether that’s true or someone’s PR trying to cover tracks, who knows. I think the fact that no woman is making claims of dating him is pretty telling that he’s probably just single and enjoying it.

        The girl in Miss Scarlet’s picture is in the employ of Spencer Hart, who Benedict is “wearing” this week. They’ve also been seen everywhere with a dude named Jesse Peyronel, one of the writers for NBC’s Dracula. He was at the BAFTA tea and the Golden Globes party, among other events.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Shiv, I take any blind as false and if I’m wrong and it’s right — I’m still ahead because of how many are so vague, misleading, and patently false.

        I’m with Katie. Dude doesn’t speak out about stuff until he’s examined it to the Nth degree and with how thrifty he is dropping that kind of money seems very out if character. Plus how he views the world, with the many forms of slavery alive & well in the 21st century, I just don’t see it. Now I could be wrong, so it’s not like I’m holding my breath either way.

      • Shiv says:

        It does seem very out of character to be honest. He wears the same clothes, speaks about being sensible about his money and spoke against ‘sex trafficking’ in the big issue and at the parties he was at, even leaving them, it was usually men or someone from the Spencer Hart gang.

        Plus….I don’t think Cumby needs to pay! I’d do it for free :-)

      • Katie says:

        Pretty much my thoughts, all (Not to be confused with Kate up above, lol).

        This is a man who brings tupperware containers when he films so he can take leftovers from catering to eat later. $25K on hookers in less than a week is pretty out there, not to mention the risk of his PA niece finding out…

        The blind appeared after the model photos, so my guess is the author made it up without realizing how cheap BC is.

      • Shiv says:

        Yes, I think many forget his PA is his niece and she appears almost everywhere with him, as does his publicist Karin. I saw the publicist with him on red carpet at Saga awards last night.
        He must be SO good at hiding these hookers that he can fool his family (I certainly wouldn’t cover for my uncle while he banged prostitutes) and the media – even the stalker type fans he has that spot him in hair salons, pubs, plays.

        He took Katia with him as FWB and she has milked it. As soon as that story came out, jealous fans were calling her a hooker/escort. As for Evelina Fox, she apparently posted hints apparently on Instagram – now I’m no escort expert but isn’t discretion their main priority and what pays these girls bills. A true escort wouldn’t take to her Instagram and Twitter and blab. She is likely a young lady who got lucky with him. Many men like younger women and I’m sure she was no younger than 21. So I think yes Benedict is having casual encounters but I don’t think it’s as sordid as some think.

      • Raven says:

        I question whether or not anything really happened with Katia. He looked pretty bored in all of their pictures together, and she had a boyfriend at the time. Not to mention she waffled between “nothing happened at all” when the news came out and “well things do happen when everyone’s happy at a wedding…” right when her reality show was coming out. It’s possible she was an FWB but I feel sure he didn’t hire her as an escort. And especially not for $25,000. That would be absurd.

        If Evelina does personally know him and isn’t simply someone lucky enough to be in the same circles (and unlucky enough to be speculated about), I agree they are probably just friends or FWB. I don’t believe for a second an escort would post about her dalliances in a public place and from what I heard she didn’t even post anything that was for sure about Benedict. It was all just speculation by fans, the same ones who find all of his friends profiles in the first place. Any woman who breathes the same air as him gets speculated about. It’s all a bit creepy if you ask me.

  48. Miss Scarlet says:

    Those cheekbones. I could cut my hands smacking that face..I’d like to try.

  49. Flor says:

    I don’t think he’s masculine enough to be attractive or hot (to me) LOL. Charming, maybe. I prefer “rougher” types look like Viggo Mortensen, although I’d make an exception for dark-haired Tom Hiddleston!!

  50. MourningTheDeathOfMusic says:

    When I started watching Sherlock, I thought he was comely. After several minutes into the episode and I began to find him very attractive. It is how he plays that character, carries himself, it grabbed me, and I find it very appealing.
    And his voice… Sweet mother of mercy! (Extremely lucky for me, my husband is English with a beautifully deep voice like that! *wibble*)
    What absolutely tripped me over the edge was with A Scandal in Belgravia. He’d just examined the claw mark on the wall and then glanced up the stairs… ooohh, that expression! (the particular moment starts around the 56:50 mark), that display of bridled anger… well my estrogen started to effervesce. The way he head-butted the American who roughed up Mrs. Hudson, slammed the can down on the table and kneeled before her to gently look her over had me absolutely enamored.
    But the way he glanced back over his shoulder at the American with that glare caused my ovaries to pop.

  51. Shiv says:

    Gossip aside, I think he’s looking delightful. Although I think he is becoming a little too LA.

  52. Mauibound says:

    I’m a Sherlock fan. I love the character and all the actors that have played him. From RJD, Jonny Lee Miller and the cumby I’m in love with them all! Each actor is so unique, I love what they all bring. Sigh….

  53. Rubber Ducky says:

    He looks like a ferret.

  54. Natasha K says:

    Dear Benedict,
    You are very handsome, I watch even dull and boring films if you participate. My next week horoscope says that I gonna propose to my potential husband myself, so I am writing to you.
    Please write me your address so that I could take the very next flight to London. I will buy the rings in Pandora (I like the one with tge star), because my employer is going to to transfer the advance only on Monday, 20.
    Kiss you,
    Natasha

    Sorry girls for my English which is way far from British and no RP. I am just a simple Russian girl (I know you all have prejudices that we are blonde skinny prostitutes, – that’s correct but I am not prostitute, I swear!!)))

  55. Not says:

    IK NOW THIS IS cUBY’S FAN SITE, BUT I still think he’s not hot….Sorrie ladies….dont kill me.

  56. frisbeejada says:

    We have a product in the UK called Marmite – it’s sticky, dark brown beef extract sometimes spread on toast – you either love the stuff or hate it with a passion. From these comments it’s clear that’s what Benedict is, he’s the Marmite Man but love him or hate him – he’s not going away anytime soon and discussions, debate, banter can only keep him relevant. If you really hate him just ignore him…

  57. Mrsjennyk says:

    Yuck! He is FUG! whats so wonderful about this guy and what is so attractive?

  58. Ruth Dunbar says:

    My thoughts: I am a big fan of B. Cuddlebunch here, and think he’s great in just about everything I’ve seen him in. But he also reminds me of my graduate school boyfriend, and I occasionally find myself not being able to decide if I’m attracted to that or slightly repulsed by it. But I usually am able to get over it and move on to thinking about that voice and those hands. :)

  59. Browniecakes says:

    Brainy is the new sexy. Same with Hiddleston. Is he great looking? No, but there is SOMETHING about that man. Looks great in a tux, yes. Looks great in a Speedo, well no. I like to see good actors get their due.

  60. raincoaster says:

    I could deal with Elementary as a quirky show about quirky characters, but I cannot deal with it as a Sherlock Holmes story. Heroin and sex? For Sherlock Holmes? Somebody’s id is showing, and I think it’s the writer’s. It seriously gives the impression of having been written on a dare by someone who had read, and hated, the original stories. Wayyy too much deux in that machina and choices completely inauthentic to the characters. Watson is great on both shows, but that’s down to casting. Even Lucy Liu can’t save that show, and that’s saying something because I love Lucy Liu.

  61. jammypants says:

    He has his moments. He looked really good at the SAG awards. The cut of his suit actually made him look tall as he should look. He should wear more suits like the one at SAG. His natural hair color makes his features less severe (same deal with Hiddleston).

  62. Ana Maria says:

    …yes, Kaiser, when you watch the 2nd episode, oh my God…so much goodness and awesomeness…

  63. Joy says:

    He has a very pleasant deep voice, but he never fit my cute or hot categories. Each to their own. 😀

  64. englishrose says:

    He is has a beautiful soul and that shines through any shallow views on his looks, I just hope we don’t lose him to the States, will miss swapping “good mornings” with him on the Heath.

  65. Shanie says:

    Season 3 is amazing! You guys in the states are gonna love it! I agree with ENGLISHROSE though, just dont steal Ben from us :)