Benedict Cumberbatch looked gorgeous at the Hay Festival: would you hit it?

At first I thought this was going to be Code Red Cumbemergency because I couldn’t find these new photos of our lovely Benedict Cumberbatch, but as luck would have it, I found them. Benedict attended the Hay Festival in Britain for two days of dramatic readings. It was a festival of words, literature, letters and Benedict. I wish I could say that I really, really cared deeply about what Benedict was saying. Alas, I only really care about how he was saying it, with the Cumbercurls, the tight white t-shirt, the surprisingly sexy cardigan and his general adorableness.

Apparently, Benedict’s performances were THE tickets to get at the festival. Lots and lots of Cumberbitches showed their support for our Lizard King. The director of the festival even admitted that most of the people there had come specifically for Cumby. And here’s something nice: it was all for charity. The money raised from Benedict’s dramatic letter readings provided much need funding for several literacy charities. Apparently, Cumby and Louise Brealey (Molly from Sherlock) did a series of love letters from a British soldier and his girl and everyone in the tent was completely charmed. Here are some very short videos I found. HIS VOICE.

Photos courtesy of Getty.

 

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  1. MediaB says:

    Yes, yes a thousand times yes, especially if he reads me some letters by Chris to Bessie. If you haven’t read any of them, you are missing out.

  2. PunkyMomma says:

    “I could hug you ’till you dropped”. Swoon. My Otter, my Otter. *thud*

  3. Intro Outro says:

    Ohh looking VERY good, Mr. Cumby! And for a wonderful cause, too! However, I *still* am not sure I’d hit it, even though I gave up and am finally watching Sherlock and laughing my a$$ off at “The woman… The Woman woman!” :D

    • Ag-UK says:

      If that’s the 2nd season Belgravia episode that is the BEST one for me. Would I hit it dont know now but he loved his blue shirt I don’t know maybe I would :)

      • Intro Outro says:

        Yup! I was underwhelmed by eps 1&2 of season 1, but ep. 3 was brilliant! Ep. 1 of season 2 seems to be just as awesome, sooo much fun :D

      • jammypants says:

        It just hit me. I think there’s ever really only 1 episode per season I enjoy and would rewatch. Still a good show though!

      • Intro Outro says:

        @jammypants:

        Imo the writing is somewhat shaky. It’s brilliant in some places – and then you have a woman tied to a chair facing a weird crossbow-like structure with a ridiculous two-men scuffle taking place right behind her and she’s not even trying to tilt the chair and simply fall to the ground and thus get completely out of the line of that arrow’s flight?! I mean, really?? ;) I could take that from a 70′s film, but not from something as sophisticated as BBC’s Sherlock is aiming to be.

      • jammypants says:

        hahahaha! InnieOutie, just my thoughts exactly! Another thing to add was the way Sherlock got shot in season 3 episode 3. It was so overly done. Talk about over execution!

        Besides as few over the top directorial/writing decisions (and things they overlook), I have the say the production values and cinematography is quite lovely.

      • Isadora says:

        @Intro: Haha, exactly my thoughts! I was sitting in front of the TV and literally shouting “drop down!” *lol* (Have I ever mentioned that I’m way too invested when I watch movies or TV series?) Other than that I did like this episode very much. I think with the Chinese background of the story it captured something that’s also present in the books (a typical fin de siècle orientalism).

        The Belgravia episode was nice, however I couldn’t get over the fact that it was… too sexy. Not generally, but I love my Sherlock Holmes as a quite asexual thinking machine. However the phone password was very clever (too bad I already knew it due to the internet).

        My favourite episode might still be The Reichenbach Fall. I love Jim Moriarty. From the third season I’ve only seen the first episode yet, so nom major spoilers please! ;-) (you can spoil all you want after next week, I just have a bunch of things to do right now and can’t watch Sherlock. It’s incredibly sad.)

      • pru says:

        @ Intro Outro – thought the exact same thing. It was so annoying!!
        The second episode of every season always seems to be a bit lighter, fluffier. They’re always just about solving the crime and don’t contain as much seasonal arc related story line.

      • Intro Outro says:

        @jammypants:

        Thanks for the spoiler :D Nah, just kidding, I have read the books and I knew he would feign his death, and in the books he let Moriarty’s accomplice shoot his hand and pretended to fall then. I’m looking forward to how they have written this whole scene in the film. And yeah, I agree with you about production, it really creates a ton of added value for the series.

        @Isadora:

        I really like oriental flair, I even studied Japanese for some time but had to give up for a number of reasons. However, I thought the Chinese allusions in ep.2 were too trite. It’s again the well-beaten Chinese mafia/triads/White Lotus etc etc. =/ Not my cup of tea.

        I LOOOVED ep.1 od season 2! It was soo well-done and perfectly acted! ^_^

        Andrew Scott is excellent, I am looking forward to other eps, too busy currently but hopefully tomorrow!

    • kri says:

      @Intro trust me darling, you will be taken by the Batch sooner or later. Well, you’ll begin wishin for it, anyway. I love him.

  4. Secret Squirrel says:

    You know you have reached a certain age in life when you start to say things like “wearing a sexy cardigan” and you actually do find cardigans sexy!! My teenage self would be rolling her eyes and thinking “as if” right now!

    But oh, he is fine!! That white t-shirt is wonderful and that voice is really amazing. He needs to do nothing but dramatic readings of love letters and poems until his next film starts (not counting Boston as that is not “his” film and was very last minute!).

  5. Nighty says:

    *swoon*
    he’s adorable….

  6. Eleonor says:

    With that voice he could ask me everything. And I mean everything.

  7. MissMary says:

    Every day and twice on Sundays.

    The vid of him and Louise Brealey reading the Chris and Bessie letters is lovely. They work so well together and have great chemistry with their acting. There’s also the recording of him on Friday reading the short story written by that 8 year old girl which is surprisingly good for that age range. The Iggy Pop letter was awesome too lol. I really think that, if he ever said eff it, I’m only doing stage stuff from now on, he’d be happy. He seems to love the immediate audience feedback, and he’s a great stage performer.

  8. A.Key says:

    Louise Brealey deserves equal amounts of recognition, if not more! She’s an amazing performer and writer, truly lovely witty person!

    • MissMary says:

      She really is! People know her either as Molly or as that nurse on Casualty ages ago (her character gave birth in a car, iirc) and don’t realize she’s a very accomplished and wonderful stage actress as well as a character actress on telly. And a playwright!

  9. Miss Jupitero says:

    I just wish I could be at the Hay festival….. Sighs

  10. amarbow says:

    Benedict’s humor and warmth are what make him SOOO attractive….wish I could have gone to the Hay festival, what fun!

  11. wik says:

    Damn, once you’re hooked by this guy there’s just no going back, the effect doesn’t fade. I will click any link to see new photos of his gorgeous curls, those eyes, those lips. Sigh. Read me the phone book darling.

  12. pru says:

    The curls! The cheek bones! The voice! “Sexy cardigan”! And a dramatic reading of love letters? There is no possible way to resist.

  13. bookwormfoodie says:

    Benedict plus a literary festival sounds like my idea of heaven. He looks so happy and full of joy up there on stage.

    • MissMary says:

      This. I wouldn’t be surprised if he “retired” from films when he’s older and just does stage for a while (and the occasional film cameo or supporting role, lol). He seems to really thrive on the immediate audience feedback and the energy of being on stage.

  14. CoffeeCat says:

    More pictures: http://londonphile.tumblr.com/post/87318988501/more-http-www-walesonline-co-uk-news-wales-news-h

    Is it just me or the guy looks exhausted? Apparently, that Polish woman doesn’t do him any good. *clutches pearls*

  15. Sighs says:

    I’m really starting to think if you went in his closet, it would just be a long line of purple pants and blue shirts, and perhaps a few suits. Maybe a white T or two.

  16. Nene says:

    HECK NO!
    I find him utterly unsexy.

    All the fuss about him here. I swear if he were a woman,the reverse would be the case.

  17. Ellen says:

    He looks exact perfection at the hay festival. He knows how to wear things

  18. Katie says:

    I love the Hay Festival, and he and Loo Brealey did a wonderful job. Get such a kick out of the letters they present every year!

  19. melain says:

    He is adorable! Scrumptious even. Imagine the cumberbabies that he will make.

  20. Nighty says:

    Read the comments and @Secret Squirrel… I’m kindda mean girl… so Benedict has to walk the catwalk alongside Tom Hiddelston..
    *Now the post is complete… laughing naughtly…!*

  21. Lola says:

    Why pretend … yes I would.

  22. delorb says:

    This has got to be a trick question, right? Hells yeah! All day, everyday.

  23. Sassy says:

    Never, ever in a million years. While he does seem like a sweet guy, do not see the sexy AT ALL. I’m more of a Timothy Olyphant or Charlie Hunnam kinda gal ;)

  24. Hello Kitty says:

    Yesss….I’ve been waiting for a Cumby post so I could write this. Enty had a blind item and the popular guess is Cumby.

    #271. This Downton Abbey actress went on a few dates with this foreign born almost A list mostly television actor who every woman seems to love. She says they split because he went all Fifty Shades Of Grey on her and she is more of a turn off the lights and close your eyes kind of lover. Benedict Cumberbatch/Laura Carmichael
    http://goo.gl/25xqZf

    Conjecture, rumour, fiction, wishful thinking, whatever it is, I’ll take it.

  25. Naddie says:

    All. The. Way. It just can’t get more than this.

  26. Encumbered says:

    Oh my effing word…BC is still at Hay and has been onstage reciting the Bard with Judi Dench!!!! In the same maroon jeans and cardigan, of course, but …. who cares about that! Oh, for a video of this magic!

  27. Roberta says:

    Now wasn’t Sixer supposed to be going to this?

  28. CoffeeCat says:

    @J
    “there was an interesting post over on IMDB in the “hilarious girlfriend gossip” thread from someone who apparently knows his PR minder and has the inside track on some of his less than savory behavior. Did anyone else see this?”

    I did! That was that “garlic bread story”, right? Not even remotely believable but hilarious. :)

    • Nighty says:

      Hate the tan.. he looks bad…

    • Vesta says:

      It MUST be Tahiti-Tom! That tan, the relaxed smile…. Damn, the holiday is working out well.

    • 'p'enny says:

      i just posted further up about this twit! i think it’s wonderful love the tanned face, pale chest. such a ‘brit abroad’ but i love the hair!!!! i hope that quiff just gets more curly and lovely.

      the blue shirt!! does that need an iron? or is it a new special chambray borrowed from cumby?

      oh his eyes look very blue…. :-D

    • Vesta says:

      Hahaha, Nighty. But you know that’s how naturally pale people look like after a succesful holiday in a sunny place. Weird tan and a bit absent-minded look as a whole (just my personal experience though, I’m very pale).
      The other option would be a sunburn…

    • Isadora says:

      Bad? No, I think he looks relaxed. And whatever he’s done with his hair (longer and.. straightened?) I think it totally works!

      And ladies… that’s a new shirt, isn’t it?! *shock*

    • Koko says:

      I give her this, JA knows how to take a photo.

    • pru says:

      I think he looks good, but in truth, I never think he looks bad! I’m loving hair a bit longer and his eyes are so blue.
      And whether his skin color is from the sun or make up, I think his tone looks more natural. (I’m a blond and I only get pink/red in the sun – it can take hours for the color to turn – that’s what it looks like to me.)
      He always has that line and I think any make up artist would do a better job of blending – so I don’t know – could it be from a hat? I think he runs wearing one, doesn’t he?

      • Dara says:

        I can so relate to the odd tan lines – any time I go out in the sun for more than a few minutes (no matter how carefully I apply sunscreen) the oddest spots end up pink/speckled/nearly burned. I’ve even had that pale line on my forehead next to my hair – it was not a good look for me. No way to avoid the strong sun if you’re in the tropics unless you stay inside or under a palm tree and where’s the fun in that.

        On a lighter note – I do love the blue shirt in that pic.

    • delorb says:

      LMAO! I don’t anything about tans, but I do know they aren’t supposed to look like this.

      • Nighty says:

        @delorb… you just cracke me up : I don’t anything about tans, but I do know they aren’t supposed to look like this.

        AHAHAHAHAH

      • Crocuta says:

        It looks like a normal tan of a person with similar skin type than mine who was applying sunscreen on the face but forgot to apply it on the chest, and then went out with a hat on and mostly in T-shirts, but not always. So normal guy-on-vacation wardrobe. He looks like me every first 3 weeks of summer. I hate that.

        Not saying it’s not a bronzer, it could as well be, but some of us do get these patches naturally and my colours are similar to his.

      • Kate2 says:

        The problem isn’t just the tan line, it’s that the COLOR of the tan on his face is…off. It’s dark brown and the rest of him is red or pale. It definitely looks like makeup applied really badly.

        He’s such a handsome guy, but unfortunately the sun doesn’t suit him. No big whoop. I still dig him. :)

      • Crocuta says:

        I’m not sure. Again, it could be make-up, he’s certainly had episodes of that on premières, but he looks suspiciously like me in the summer in both colours and in patches, so I wouldn’t be too fast in passing judgements (in this case!).

        I’m naturally light-brown-hair-pale-skin-type and my mother is a redhead which shows in me too. I apply sunscreen on face and arms and legs, so parts that are always exposed, and I normally get this kind of brown colour (not really sunbathing, just walking in the sun). I usually also put sunscreen on cleavage, but I have different tops so sometimes I get caught by the sun in some places and if I’m lucky it’s just mild red. And my neck, no matter what I do with it, stays milky white. Position of the head and the sun I guess?

        So Tom’s patches and colours do look awfully familiar. Not all of us are blessed with perfect skin. Now I wonder if people see me at the seaside and think: Look at that crazy broad, she’s wearing make-up to the beach. What a nutjob. :D

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      This is massive, dreadful sun damage. He also looks disturbingly thin. It looks awful. He does look rested and happy at least though, and I am glad for that.

      • M.A.F. says:

        He really does not the know the meaning of “sunscreen is your friend. it will give you a tan while protecting you”. The photos last year from Cannes Film Festival really did show just how damaged his face really is.

        And his weight looks fine to me. The only time he looked skinny was while he was making OLLA.

      • 'P'enny says:

        he had gorgeous freckles at Cannes last year, and his hair was a lovely shade in the sun, against the blue suit. Very very handsome. But, yeah he does look skinny, again. Think he would fatten up on holiday, eating too much fresh food and not enough puddings.

        I like him with a lot of a colour, and [loki pale] people are being a bit mean about his white forehead stripe, though, he’s always had it, look at the old pics of a couple of years ago. [fan selfie ones] It’s just that his hair is way off his forehead at the moment, when normally he has a few curls covering it up. I hope the longer hair means he is growing it again, so suits him longer. but who knows, wait till he gets back to the UK, and see if he hits a proper hairdresser and see if he gets scalped again.

        I was going off him, til I saw that pic yesterday. ;-D

      • pru says:

        @`P`enny, I’m with you on the shirt, hair and skin color!
        He has had the stripe for years. I’ve never seen anyone with skin discoloration like that before. So many of us grew up before SPF’s were popular and have skin damage, so I think I would have seen something like that before. He’s probably just too busy boating around the Tahitian waters reciting sonnets to tropical fish to bother with a sunscreen & hair combing, and got a little pink .
        I think he looks good – well rested.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        People tend to skip sunscreen/sunblock on the forehead because it can run down into the eyes and burn and wearing a hat will result in lines where the hat ends. I’ve had similar lines across my forehead. And for some of us, sunscreen just doesn’t do it, it has to be full sunblock of a really high spf.

      • Nighty says:

        @Lilac it depends on the sunscreen… I use ISDIN, it’s in gel, so it doesn’t run down…. and it has to be one specific for the face because of the eyes. Of course if you apply the body suncreens in your face, that will happen… Two sunscreens- one specific for the face,and one specific for the body.. always…

    • Primrose Path says:

      RE: The odd forehead tan…it’s the receding hairline. Dude clearly got some massive sun damage back when the golden retriever/noodle hair was in full effect. Now that his hairline is snaking upwards, he has that weird white stripe. He needs a good dermatologist and some propecia STAT. (Would still hit it, pause to apply SPF 50 to it, and hit it again, though.)

      • Dara says:

        Dear Lord – Primrose, I think I snorted iced tea out my nose when I read that last sentence. And to quote the Three Stooges (or was it the Marx Brothers?) “I resemble that remark!”

      • Intro Outro says:

        YES! I was just thinking of writing the same thing about the receding hairline and the skin being whiter there namely due to this!

        Hiddles obviously has to take particular care of his face AND forehead – which he doesn’t – which just begs for the following question: if he’s with a loving GF, why the heck isn’t she taking more care of him? ;)

        Seriously though, my husband is naturally very pale. When we have a seaside vacation, I *always* remind him to put on sunscreen, heck, I put it on him myself because he just forgets to do that/doesn’t care as much as I do about his skin.

        If there’s a GF there and she doesn’t give a damn… Hiddles, call me, I’ll fly over with the strongest sunscreen and show you how to protect that beautifully pale skin of yours! :D

      • 'P'enny says:

        @intro

        his GF is doing what I would be doing, sleeping by swimming pool, recovering from his leg-humping, while the energetic puppy is off running the beach and catching fish.

    • Duri says:

      I love Tom’s hair in this pic, but oh honey that’s such a bad tan like what’s up with that white strip of line near his hair line.

      Funnily Tom’s tan is reminding me of the time when Ross from FRIENDS got a fake tan twice :P

      • delorb says:

        All I remember is his glow in the dark teeth! Remember that episode? LMAO!

      • TangiersEve says:

        I’m noticing the folded back nails on the right hand in Tommy’s photo. No manicure for many days. And the long hair. And the uneven tanning problems. And why does a guy who sneaks out of his Toronto hotel to get his hands and feet mani’d and pedi’d give up grooming for a couple of weeks in Tahiti? S. E. X. So hopefully that’s NOT his sister he’s with. He’s got back-to-back sister-loving roles in his current movies (that’s “Crimson Peak” and does everybody know Robert Laing’s eventually shacking-up situation in “High Rise”?) Wouldn’t want our sparkly unicorn boy to start having unsavoury rumours attached to him–LOL–a la Cumby.

  29. MissMary says:

    OMG I am laughing my ass off… apparently, he “popped the question” about RIchard III to Judi Dench while she was taking audience questions. He’d approached her about the role in the play ages ago but she’s been eh about it so he, apparently, put her on the spot and she agreed, lol. Was it a set up? WHo knows, but it’s cute.

    • bookwormfoodie says:

      It was cute even if it was probably a set up. She seemed game for it and it sounds like they chatted for a bit onstage and had some fun with it. I certainly wouldn’t have turned him down :)

      • MissMary says:

        Apparently he was a “special surprise audience guest” for reading Twelfth Night with her after his “question from the audience”. I’m sure it was at least, in part, set up between the two of them since actually doing the show would mean agents and such being involved in the final say-so, but still cute to have happened lol. And it’ll be a good “theatre story” for interviews one day.

    • Duri says:

      heheh yes I heard about this and also she made a dick joke regarding Benedict, one has to LOVE Judi Dench no matter what

  30. From North of Boston says:

    Would I? Absolutely!

    Intelligent, literate, fantastic voice, great hair, gorgeous eyes and smile, plus many other physical attributes? There are so many things about this guy that appeal to me, it wouldn’t have to think twice.

  31. Cumberbeyoch says:

    I’ve always had a thing for English men anyway since age of 14 watching Monty Python. His voice is dead deep and sexy, twinkly blue eyes, hell of an actor and funny. For the women who don’t dig him,fair enough but don’t burst our bubble.

  32. Nighty says:

    ok.. off to bed, thanks for the laughter… had lot of fun with both Benny and Tommy boys..
    See you tomorrow…

  33. decorative item says:

    I don’t find him fall on the floor attractive, but I like him.

  34. 'P'enny says:

    I am thinking I am going to send a print off of the best Celebitchy threads on Benny and Hiddles/Cross threads and send them to their agents, in a card with love. Because some of them are really funny and I think they would love to read the funny stuff, from lovely otters, to bunkies and to garden parties and murders in the jaguar boot.

    I wonder if they see the funny side? ‘evil grin’

    • Ellen says:

      ‘P’enny send them the last hiddles thread. We covered literally everything in it

    • Nighty says:

      I kindda doubt it!!!
      There’s a limit to anyone’s sense of humoour when it comes to ourselves..
      Also, afterwards, we’d have to change our nicknames here, because they might decide to stop by from time to time….

      • 'P'enny says:

        why change our nicknames? I would love to be a fly on the wall and see if they get to know us, and which ones of us are nice, which are the snarkiest and which are most evil and mean. LOL! No, I would edit out the mean stuff, and GF stuff.

        Hiddles thinks tumblr is a dark and dangerous place and only dared visit once three years ago. Benny on the other hand has a filthy sense of humour and likes Reddit. So CB is sort of in the middle.

      • Nighty says:

        Maybe.. I don’t know… definitely no mean or GF parts, just the funny comments… but still… don’t know….

      • Ellen says:

        We have to keep Sean Bean in the boot comments. Somewhere in a Benny, Hiddles and Fassy thread Sean Bean always turn up!

        I kind of hope She sees our comments about her being a fangirl/fanbaiter. People would like her if she stopped. so in a way it would be helping her. That’s not being mean is it?

  35. Jojo says:

    I promised you a Hay report so here it is. Saw BC do Letters Live both Fri and Sat. Absolutely f-ing fabulous. The videos don’t do justice to his stage presence by a long shot. He doesn’t get enough love for his substantial comedic skills. Loo Brealy was also incredible and their chemistry is off the chart. On Sat they did a cute thing after the last letter where they skipped off stage holding hands, like kids. Sounds silly but was clearly spontaneous and adorable.

    I didn’t get to speak to BC. I could have because I was really close to him several times, but he was always surrounded by minders or other people and I just didn’t want to bother him. But I walked behind him so close at one point that he must have felt my breath on his neck. Also sat right behind him at Rhodes’ concert. He is bulkier than you would think, not overly tall and frankly more beautiful irl than I could have imagined. He looks like he’s been created by aliens attempting to create the perfect human but getting it just slightly wrong. The skin just a little too translucent, the eyes a little too far apart and a little too bright. Glorious!

    He also was incredibly sweet to everybody who met him. As I was walking behind him a couple of children asked for his autograph. It was impossible because he was in the middle of a massive crowd (imagine a rock concert) but he was so sweet about it and spoke to them in the gentlest voice you could imagine. I couldn’t help but smile. It was very obvious that he loves children. I made a new friend there and she spoke to him after the Judi Dench thing and he was really lovely to her, chatting with her for a good while.

    The experience has only cemented my admiration for him. I love that he has simple tastes and isn’t spending all his money on nonsense. I love that he came to James Rhodes’s concert (which was brilliant and hilariously funny) with muddy shoes and no minders. I love that he wears the same two blue shirts all the time, and wrinkled pants. I’m so sick of the materialism displayed by most celebs that he’s like a breath of fresh air. On a side note, I call complete BS on the girlfriend rumour because surely he wouldn’t be hanging around in Wales for three days without her, and go out dancing without her, if she existed. Especially since he just about to go abroad again. I wish I could report something negative about him to help you purge yourself of any cumbercrush you might have, but I’m afraid that he appears to be flawless, physically and otherwise. People say he even smells great. The bastard.

  36. Camile says:

    Cumbemergency — still laughing. If you say it a couple of times really fast it’s a real tongue twister

  37. Velvet Elvis says:

    Why does every single day’s edition of of Celebitchy have to include this guy?! I still don’t get it. smh

  38. Tippett says:

    I still don’t understand this “is he sexy or not” debate.

    Sexy is entirely subjective. I’m wondering how old the majority of the posters are here, because that seems very much a debate wirh which younger people seem to be preoccupied.

    Benedict Cumberbatch is a sexy person. It’s all about the whole package, his charisma and talent and just the uniqueness of him. It’s not quantifiable. He just exists and is sexy.

  39. betsy says:

    Great report on Hay. Thank you. The videos of him at Hay are fantastic

    Here’s a few more of him. One of them shows him skipping off stage with Louise

    http://youtu.be/SQgL7iuhL4I

    http://youtu.be/SDB1me1jVt8

  40. Kost says:

    Ben is a girl, curly brown hair, he was with her today on “A View From The Bridge” with Mark Strong, it’s not a friend, because after the show they left together in his car

    • Raven says:

      Wow, Benedict sure has been busy with the ladies this past month. The blonde on the Lower East Side, lunch with Miss Johnson, the Polish creature at the film festival, Monaco with Lady K, and now this mystery brunette at the cinema…and all on such a tight schedule with so much travel. Surely they can’t all be the “secret girlfriend”.

      I can’t find any other mentions of this girl but if it’s true, I wouldn’t think much of it. He’s clearly comfortable going out to shows with female friends, as he did with Louise Brealey a month or two ago and has done in the past. And leaving an event in the same car doesn’t seem like proof of anything. It’s quite sensible to me that he’d give a friend a ride home if they don’t live far (especially given his comments about preferring to carpool), but maybe I’m too old to understand these things anymore.

    • NoisyBird says:

      @Kost- where did you find this info, might I ask?

      @Abby_J – exactly what i was thinking. she might be the better actor of the two! I wonder who this dynamo is…

      • Leo says:

        @ NoisyBird, I’m not Kost, but I think I know where he/she got it from. Two Russian girls went to Strong’s play at the Young Vic, saw Benedict and wrote about it on a Russian forum. You can follow the link from e-l-e-n-a-t Tumblr.

        In short, he came alone, met up with a group of friends, including women, kissed and hugged all of them (yes, these are the details these fans got into). After the play he was at the bar, standing with the curly-haired woman and waiting for Mark Strong and the other members of the cast to join. He hugged and kissed all of them, they talked, drank and then he left the theatre bar with the curly-haired woman. He also talked to fans and signed a few autographs.
        No one mentioned the car, that they were together or that she is his girlfriend. I’m sorry if I misinterpreted Kost’s post due to the language barrier, but it really isn’t an accurate account of what happened.

        Basically, it’s a non-story and I usually wouldn’t even bother following it up or writing it up. It’s just that I’m really miffed at and bored with all these nonsensical “reports” and stories that seem to be appearing here lately (and judging by the style are coming from the same person). I’m all for gossip, that’s why I’m here, but constructing fables based on stalkerish reports/Instagram photos is not my thing.

        @Abby_J, I think you nailed it :)

    • LoveBites says:

      Pictures @Kost or it never happened…

    • Shiv says:

      I did see someone else on Twitter saying they saw him with a ‘pretty brunette’ at a play called Privacy on Thursday (day before Hay) however they appeared to be ‘arguing’ and he was apparently rude to the fan who tweeted.

  41. Noisy Bird says:

    I think Benny is just enjoying himself. Whatever that may mean.