Did Benedict Cumberbatch try some ‘Fifty Shades’ sex with Laura Carmichael?


Jesus take the wheel. All I need is this story today. Even if it’s not true – and let’s be real, it’s probably not – this is so much fun, I cannot even concentrate properly. Last year, Benedict was spotted out and about several times with Laura Carmichael, also known as poor sad sack Lady Edith on Downton Abbey. They also style Edith to be “the plain sister” to Lady Mary’s more classic, regal beauty, but whenever I see Laura in regular clothes, I’m struck by how pretty she is in real life. She seems like a cool girl too.

Anyway, Laura and Benedict seemed to be friends or in the same group of friends (I tend to think most British actors in their 30s probably know each other). But what if Benedict and Laura dated undercover for a month or two? And what if Laura told people that their relationship ended because Benedict is a FREAK in bed? Be still my heart. ENTY at Crazy Days and Nights did some blind item reveals and this was one of them:

Blind item: 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.

Reveal: Laura Carmichael/Benedict Cumberbatch

[From CDAN]

Now, CDAN is not the most reliable of sources although I do enjoy ENTY’s take on a lot of gossip stories. He’s often right about who is on drugs and who needs rehab and who is a major mess. But his blind items are… well, unreliable. This whole thing sounds like fan-fiction, obviously. But just in case you needed a jolt today, think of Benedict with a pair of handcuffs and a blindfold, coming towards you. Damn, I just gave myself a jolt.



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  1. MissMary says:

    *snort* No. Not because the man can’t be kinky if that’s how he gets down, but they never dated. IIRC, they were spotted out with a group twice or three times and that was it. Maybe they hooked up on the sly and she wasn’t into what he offered, but the BI just seems really… fanfiction-y.

  2. Talie says:

    Like the character he played in Atonement. Creepy!

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      In Atonement,did his character rape the girl the first time?

      • Ally says:

        She was a child at the time, so clearly, yes.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        IMO, it seemed like she wasn’t consenting. Didn’t they call come running because they heard a scream?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        They were all out searching for the younger twin boys who had disappeared when Briony discovered Lola and the guy; he ran away. Lola claimed she never saw his face and Briony claimed it was McAvoy’s character, although she knew it wasn’t. Lola later married the rapist.

      • delorb says:

        IIRC, people paired up to go look for the boys. I doubt Lola went looking for them alone. She knew who it was, but didn’t want to tell. I think it was implied that she wanted the attention from Paul and wanted to be thought of as an adult (remember how she acted with her brothers, her mentioning a play she saw and wearing makeup at the dinner table), but had no idea he would take it that far. When he did and Briony screamed rape, she just let everyone assume. Later she used that knowledge to get Paul to marry her.

      • Namaat says:

        @delorb That’s about how I interpreted it as well. I still think it’s rape though (her age is enough to make the case), and that he manipulated and abused her. She get major bad karma points for letting everyone assume it was Robbie, but not for letting people assume it was rape, in my book. Because it was.

    • Amelia says:

      I wouldn’t really class being freaky in bed as being in the same category as a master manipulator/rapist. The good folks who partake in BDSM get a bad enough rap from 50 Shades as it is.
      Yes he did, but she never managed to see who it was. Which makes their story arc extremely disturbing (trying not to be too spoiler-y).

      • Namaat says:

        As far as I remember the movie (and their own interpretation of that story), it’s not exactly clear whether she was unable or unwilling to tell who it was. In fact, I thought it hinted more towards “unwilling”. I personally think it makes more sense, rather than being unable to identify him. Which goes way beyond seeing, smell for exemple is a stronger memory link, and considering their closeness I doubt she never suspected him. She could dismiss the feeling as some kind of traumatic trigger but I doubt she’s completely unaware, which doesn’t make it less disturbing.

      • Amelia says:

        I’d never considered that option before, I think I need to go and re-watch it.
        That’s a really horrible notion.
        I was reading that one of the themes of Atonement is interpretation, and how we draw conclusions when we might be lacking context (the fountain and library scenes, etc).
        I love ambiguity in a novel :)

  3. SophieK says:

    I’m thinking I’d be into what he was offering….Sorry, having a bad Monday and my imagination is running wild. ;-) That said, this CDAN sounds like a bit of fan fiction to me. I had a good laugh about this one.

  4. Kay says:

    All I took away from this was how much I miss his Sherlock cumbercurls.

  5. Kate says:

    Oh how I wish this to be true.

  6. Sixer says:

    I can’t see him as anything other than a sub, sorry. Blimey, though, if we’re going freakish, I think we should pretend he’s a fluffy.


  7. Kate2 says:

    Not generally a fan (in the “I’m hot for him” kind of way, I think he’s a terrific actor), but he looks cute with his hair longer like that. The cap looks good.

  8. Kat says:

    I loved her on downtown abbey, she is a good actor like him.But to be honest she is quite plain as far as actresses go but i find him weird looking so i think they are a nice match in that it doesn’t look as if someone is just dating him for the fame. Better than russian models and wanna be actresses for sure. Somehow i didn’t have him down as a fifty shades type, thats funny if true :)

  9. Kiki says:

    No, no, nooooooooo… I love Benedict Cumberbatch very, very, very, much. I love him as much as I love Michael Fassbender very, very,very much but I would weird me out that my future husband and maybe the father of my children Benedict Cumberbatch would even have the slightest thought of even reading that stupid book rather performing BDSM.

    But if Ben want a little spice in his life with a woman, I have a real solution of role playing that add a little kinky pleasure. How about him playing a British prime minister and I would be a beautiful fixer who he is very fond of even of he is married……… I think everyone will get the story.

    Toddles everyone.

  10. Green Girl says:

    This BI sounds so weird to me. I wouldn’t describe BC as a “mostly TV actor.” He does way too much film, plays, audio book to really pigeon hole him as anything. He may be best known to many for Sherlock, but he does way more of the other stuff.

  11. Raven says:

    I’d like this to be true as much as anyone, but no. CDAN is a well known liar who was outed some time ago. Not very flattering to Laura either.

  12. Camil says:

    Come on Cumberbatch, bring Tom with you and we can have kinky sex together! ;)


  13. Dani says:

    I believe that she’s the lights off eyes closed type of gal but I don’t know how much I buy of Cumby being a dom. Maybe he’s into some sort of kink (aren’t we all?) but BDSM seems so far out of his niche. He is a good actor so maybe I’m just fooled.

    Handcuff me to the bedposts Cumby, I volunteer as tribute.

  14. InvaderTak says:

    Yeeeeeah….funny but seriously, not true coming from cdan. I do like her in reap love though. Hope she does well.

  15. Noisy Bird says:

    Yawn. Old story.
    I do love the idea though…

  16. don't kill me i'm french says:

    CDAN writes many blinds after the release of news or pics in tabloids and even his reports of news are inaccurate

    • sigh((s)) says:

      Right? I think this one was soon after the Dakota Johnson pics came out. I think they like to find Daily Mail articles and elaborate them the majority of the time.
      And because, you know., everyone likes to tell their friends that they just close their eyes and think of England in the bedroom. :rolls eyes:

  17. Eleonor says:

    With that voice he can spank the hell out of me.

  18. sonalaceae (Nighty) says:

    Again this story??? Well, if he dresses up as Sherlock and ties me with a silk tie… ;) I’d consider having some naughty fun with him.. :D

    Can you imagine? He’d be apologizing all the time.. and TH would even be worst? “is it too tight? So, sorry… ”

  19. Schnee says:

    He doesn’t seem like an adventurous guy in bed, no.

    And it’s also too convenient for gossip creators that the girl he was supposedly “dating” happens to be the one in those “straws in the eyes” photos which went around the world. If he has dates we don’t know them I am sure.

  20. Unburned says:

    I think those big, elegant hands know how to give a spanking. Just saying.

  21. Kazlock 1307 says:

    At the time of the pics.(they were going to Lady GaGa concert),I think it was in The Daily Fail that they were dating.But there was a large group of them and she was with some guy.
    Does this crazy thing often get things right? He just doesn’t seem the type to be too into BDSM,maybe a little kink,but not too far from vanilla.

    • anon says:

      Personally I think he would be a hoot in bed. Funny, playful, even doing impressions (I bet he’s done Donald Duck at least once). So yes-some kink but in a playful way. I also see him as being anxious to please. Or I could be dead wrong. I think that I need to do some hands on research!

  22. 'P'enny says:

    He had to put that whip, gifted to him, to some use. She sounds boring and could loosen up a bit 😀 seriously this article floated aboutpnths ago and it is rubbish! But for the sake of my fantasies, I’ll put me in her position and benny with Sherlock hair.

  23. Jany says:

    I don’t believe CDAN, don’t care about Lady Edith much either, but I kind of want to know where BC is. Where in the world is Mr. Cumberbatch? He’s totally undercover – which is good for him. Last spotted in Italy, but now he’s mastered his disguise and is unable to spot. Or staying indoors a lot for some kind of reason…hmmmm. *Muses about that* I miss that pointing finger a tiny bit, never thought that’d happen. ;)

  24. Freebunny says:

    Hamlet is already sold out.
    It’s quite impressive.

    • Green Eyes says:

      I went online this morning to see what kind of seats were available at the Barbican for a time frame that I could be in London. Really just for laughs because I thought everything had been sold out for ages (well, good seats anyway). Well, lo and behold, I actually did score a nice ticket about 5 rows from the stage. Not too shabby and now I will have to go through with my plans for a long-awaited trip back to London…

      • icerose says:

        The whole Barbican Queue was a bit of a joke with lots of people in groups opening multiple windows,
        I managed a front row seat centre stage from a ticket agency I am member of last week and the queue was less than 15 seconds. Something to do with being a member and having registered on Friedman’s page , They put the rest on public sale this morning and there were lots left and the queue was 15 seconds I also got two more alerts from ticket agencies with stalls seats this morning and when I checked there were lots of stalls seats available .So I passed the links onto friends on facebook who picked up tickets in a few minutes whilst people were sitting in queues of thousands?.It makes you wonder how many stalls seats were actually available for members let along the public, It was all official sights which had blocked booked seats courtesy of the Barbican .One theatre forum I frequent said that front row seats were not a available for red members at all and had been block booked by the agency I got mine from

      • isis says:


        Just wanted to say thanks for the help with ticket questions about Hamlet last week. :3 The comments on that post closed before I could reply.

        btw, I was surprised that some of you guys were saying you’re not crazy about BC because he’s too physically stiff or contained. I’m not surprised when people don’t like him, just because we can’t all like everyone, lol, but I always thought his physicality was one of his major strengths–Frankenstein is one of the most physically vivid performances I’ve ever seen.

        (I think TH is also a very physically gifted actor–without playing at being macho, he was able to be an extremely convincing killing machine in Coriolanus.)

  25. Duri says:

    Rumour is Gary Oldman will be part of Hamlet most likely playing Claudius. Let’s see if it’s true or not.

    I bet Benedict’s insurance company has him locked down cz people will rage if he falls sick during the Hamlet run

  26. blended says:

    ugh! i hate that CDAN is getting any mention at all. the man is a fraud!

  27. Andrea says:

    I would think Fassbender is more into BDSM over Cumberbatch (love them both as actors and hotness rawr). However, I want to believe it is true. I also kinda look like Laura Carmichael so score! ha

  28. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Can I just double check here?… From this publication,is the story likely to be accurate?

  29. Patris says:

    About Emmy
    Cumberbatchweb @cumberbatchweb
    For those asking Benedict Cumberbatch unfortunately won’t be attending the Emmys due to his filming schedule.
    Cumberbatchweb @cumberbatchweb
    I’m afraid I don’t know what the filming is. Just passing on the message as I know a lot of you wanted to red carpet

  30. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Can I ask who ‘the girl with straw in her eyes’ that is mentioned in another thread further up?

  31. Patris says:

    From the new interview of Robert
    Today we meet in the rather more salubrious surroundings of a posh London hotel…

    Next he’s off to Colombia for The Lost City Of Z, starring as the assistant to famed British explorer Percy Fawcett, played by Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘It’s going to be an impossible shoot,’ he says. Well, it will be if the fans of these two make it out to the jungle.

  32. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Hello my lovelies.
    Anything new in Cumber-land?Any sightings of him back in the UK?

    • MissMary says:

      Nope, not even a glimpse, lol. Since he’s got filming commitments soon, he might be practicing for whatever role is up first or getting things in order for the rest of his filmings and promotional stuff this year (TIG should start a big push this fall esp since Weinstein is plumping it for an Oscar nom, and hopefully a win).

    • MissMary says:

      @Kazlock: No secret GF. That story has run it’s course on most of the internet mainly because there’s not a drop of proof and no comments made by BC or his PR or agency. It was a tempest in a teapot started by either a disgruntled fan, or a gossip site trying to get a quote. The blonde was in a bit of gossip that was poorly written and sounded like she either waited for him outside the restaurant, walked him home, drove him hme or rode home with him–it’s been pretty widely thought and accepted the bit of gossip was misworded or intentionally misleading and he just literally happened to be walking next to her for a bit as they both headed to the carpark, esp since he was at dinner with friends and not her, according to “witnesses.” Really, who knows… maybe they did hook up but there’s no proof they did anything other than walk past one another in a car park in California. It wasn’t Olivia or Kinvara or anyone they keep suggesting online *oh lord the number of OMG IT’S OLIVIA! posts are ridiculous.*

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        Looking at the pics it seems like they might not even be walking together.She is looking one way,him another.And it seems as if he could be going to walk off in the direction he’s looking.
        Hadn’t seen anything mentioned since.Wondered if other pics had surfaced.Because I don’t think there were any of BC and the lady driving away together.Surely if they had they’d have been photographed?

      • MissMary says:

        @Kazlock: Pretty much. Someone took the chance on a pic of him beside a leggy blonde and nothing came of it. I mean, who knows, maybe it was all an elaborate ruse to hide a hook up but really, it looked like two people heading for their own cars in a parking lot. If it had been anyone other than BC, no one would’ve thought twice. If it’d been a happily married celeb like Mark Ruffalo for example, nothing. If it’d been random dude on the street, whoever was walking past and saw the scene wouldn’t have thought “oh, a couple!” But because it’s BC and someone started the secret gf rumor, here we are.

  33. Kazlock 1307 says:

    The secret gf rumour has gone on for so long now I think if there was one it would have been obvious. When he was with past girlfriend’s he was seen and photographed with them before they went public.Don’t see why he wouldn’t now if there were one.
    So I’m leaning towards him being single.But if anyone finds out differently please let us know….

  34. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Anything new in cyberspace about BC my lovelies? Sightings?Anything?????
    Seems to have dropped off the radar!

  35. Mimi says:

    IMO, I think he is way to busy to have a serious gf or be off the market right now. No woman in her right mind would deal well with this, even if it is BC.
    Plus, if he was on a short holiday break, you would think he would have brought the new gf along if it were serious and she did exist? or there would have been some sort of photo evidence and some thing better then that pic of him and that leggy blond.
    it’s all just a way to drum up press and clicks on the Internet for these rag mags.