Benedict Cumberbatch makes his runway debut in London: sexy and Cumb-tastic?

I always think that my Benedict Cumberbatch posts are going to be throwaways. Meaning, I tend to think that no one but a handful of die-hard Cumby fans will care if there are newish photos or any kind of career updates on him. But then I’m consistently surprised by the interest in him, both good and bad. Some ladies want to curl up in his lap and have him recite a dirty sonnet. Some ladies want to let other ladies know that we – the few, the proud, the Cumberbitch’d – have horrible taste. Basically, Cumby has become a controversial figure around here. It’s nice. Because now I get to write about him.

So, these are some newish photos of Cumby. Last Friday, he participated in some kind of runway show/fashion event in London (dark suit, blue shirt, hair slicked back). Then, two nights ago, he went to the UK premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man (dark suit, white shirt, silk scarf). These are photos from both events. I prefer the ones from the fashion event – I think he looks really, really sexy with his hair slicked back. You can see his runway photos here – Cumby in SILK. Yes. There’s video from the show too:

More Cumby news… after he walked the runway, he undressed (sort of) in front of a reporter and a camera. It’s both sexy and sweet/cute. His accent is so strong at one point, I really don’t know what he’s saying. But I like the way he says it.

*Also two nights ago – Cumby won Best Actor at the Critics Choice TV Awards. Sherlock took home an award for best miniseries too. Which means that Cumby will be at the Emmys, I’m sure. And probably the Golden Globes. MORE CUMBY!

*Cumby is very dedicated to Sherlock – he said in a new interview that he would be happy to play the character for another 15 years, and that he won’t “give up” on the show. Good. It’s a wonderful take on the classic character. You can read more of Cumby’s interview here.

*As many Cumberbitches know, he’s playing the “villain” in Star Trek 2. It was thought that Cumby was playing Khan, but now the geeks aren’t so sure. What we do know for sure: everyone involved with Star Trek absolutely loved Benedict.

And that’s it… that was your Cumby post for the week. Hope you enjoyed it.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Amelia says:

    Out and proud Cumberbitch here :) It’s nice to see Cumby getting some love on CB. Loving the silk, but I prefer his Sherlock hair.
    I’m glad he got the Critic’s award, but I’m still ticked off he didn’t get the BAFTA.
    Watched Wreckers last night – completely blown away by him.

    • searching4grace says:

      Ah! I loved the Sherlock hair. It fit him beautifully. I hated the Tinker Tailor hair. I just love him.

    • RovingLass says:

      Please more Benedict posts. There are more of us out there than you know. :)

    • allons-y alonso says:

      Oh God, Keats. Oh God Cumberbatch reciting Keats!
      Amelia you magnificent bastard!! If you will excuse me I need to pick up my jaw from the floor *scurries off*

      Note: Dammit! this was meant to be further down the comments list. Apologies.

  2. Voodoochic says:

    Kaiser, I think you mean ‘Cum-tastic’.

    The silk… Yum!

  3. Eve says:

    Oh, come on! It only makes sense that he’s playing the villain in the next Star Trek movie. The strangeness of his features just screams “villain”.

    Anyway, he has really ugly feet — yes, I pay attention to people’s feet. But he does a better impression of Alan Rickman than *MY* Tom Hiddleston:

    • Amelia says:

      …ahem, YOUR Tom Hiddleston? How did you come to this proposterous conclusion? Did you call shotgun?
      Because I think there’s the distinct possibility of a hunger games style fight to the death over ownership of the Avengers here on CB…

      • Samigirl says:

        *grabs popcorn*

      • Eve says:

        …ahem, YOUR Tom Hiddleston?

        Yay! You got that right, it’s *MY* Hiddleston.

        How did you come to this proposterous conclusion?

        Just yesterday I had that epiphany — since it’s an epiphany, that means it was already the ultimate truth, it just happens that I realized that only yesterday.

        Because I think there’s the distinct possibility of a hunger games style fight to the death over ownership of the Avengers here on CB…

        *sharpens slutshank*

      • Amelia says:

        *looks around desperately*
        Uhh…..I have a goat army that’s going to take over the UK?

      • Eve says:

        Oh, you’ll have a hard time trying to find an animal I’m scared of. I love goats. And if the goats don’t love me, I can run fast.

        By the way, The Hiddles? How dare you call him like that! That’s how *I* call him when we’re (imaginarily) “canoodling”.

      • Amelia says:

        I don’t think the goats can be arsed. All they do is eat and shag. Gotta love the breeding season -_-
        Oh, I dare.
        I dare.

      • Chicagogurl17 says:

        Fantastic. I don’t know who to root for

    • sup says:

      lol, that video was great! i really needed to get into sherlock anyway! this man is obviously talented

    • Sefa says:

      I think one of the writers for Star Trek actually talked about the importance of a good villain for a sequel (see: Heath Ledger as the Joker) and how people were going to be genuinely frightened of Benedict. Definitely the villain.

    • Lyssie89 says:

      I want in on this fight. Tom Hiddleston has been mine for well over a year. Beware… I’m scrappy.

    • Lyssie89 says:

      Bring it, Eve. Remember: I have youth on my side. ;)

      • Eve says:

        You bitch!!!

        Fine then. I have more slutshank handling experience on mine!

      • Amelia says:

        I’ll back you up with my goat army Eve.
        We’ll be the Career Hiddlestons until we’ve destroyed the competition.
        After that … every Cumberbitch and Hiddlestonian for herself ¬¬

      • Eve says:

        I’ll back you up with my goat army Eve.

        Wooo-hooo! I have one on my side!

        And that would be totally awesome to watch — I mean, with all the slutshanks and goats, it kinda sounds like Game of Thrones, right? I’m going to call it “Game of Dongs”.

    • gg says:

      Hah! He does have one looooong skinny head and squinty-squinty eyes on him.

  4. Ming says:

    Nevadas favorite Area 51 fugitive.

    But I give the government a thumps up for the background story they gave him. “English Actor”, alright Nevada, have it your way.

  5. Ashley says:

    Love him

  6. Sefa says:

    It’s less that he has an accent hard to understand than that he MUTTERS. He’s a filthy mutterer with an occasional lisp, which shouldn’t be appealing, but it’s kind of endearing, isn’t it?

  7. beyonce's bump says:

    I find him ugly and do not get his appeal. I really tried. #sorry

  8. gee says:

    I really like him, but I can’t stop thinking he looks like Beavis and/or Butt-head. Depending on his hair color. It’s killing me.

  9. Anna says:

    I just don’t get it. I mean… he’s so ugly.

  10. LadyAnne says:

    Thank you Kaiser !! I did really enjoy it.

  11. Mel says:

    Sorry, this is going to sound horrendously mean, but its like this guy was created in a test-tube and something went wrong during the process. And I am really pi**ed off that he’s going to be in the Star Trek sequel because I kinda liked the first movie and now I doubt I’ll be able to watch the second one.

  12. Lyssie89 says:

    Oh Cumberbatch. So lovely.

    The allure of the Cumberbatch is an odd one. One minute, he’s the ugliest alien you’ve ever seen, and then the next he’s the most perfect specimen you’ve ever laid eyes one. I think it’s the voice. And the walk. An how delightfully posh he is. All unbelievers should just watch Sherlock and then they’ll understand.

  13. Rhea says:

    His third picture remind me with Dennis Quaid…

  14. Mia 4S says:

    Love him to death! Not surprised the fashion houses are after him; he’s tall, good build, unconventionally handsome…what was I talking about?Also thank you Hiddleston fans for making Benedict fans seem sane! ;-)

  15. BW says:

    Don’t get me wrong. I love his acting.

    But what is with those two brown dots over his eyebrows. It’s like he’s an alien cameleon who hasn’t quite got the “human” down yet.

    • DS says:

      I do believe I read somewhere that those are “burns” from the makeup and things he had to wear to play Frankenstein.

  16. allons-y alonso says:

    Kaiser, I’m Batched for the week. Many thanks!
    I’d love to hear him recite a dirty sonnet. That voice is far too enticing….*drifts off*

  17. sai says:

    Ew, so ugly. I don’t get his appeal.
    Where is his jaw ?

  18. Meera says:

    You forgot to mention he won best actor in a mini series at the TV Critics Choice Awards.

  19. Mjolnir says:

    He has such a uhh… unique face?
    *kanye shrug*

  20. grabbyhands says:

    I love me some Batch. I’m less excited by him in his pajamas because he said he was going for a Hefner vibe which just squidges me out. Also I heard rumors of him going for a Hefner bio-pic and that made me throw up in my mouth a little. I think if he gets papped at the Playboy mansion, my ladyboner for him will diminish a little. Also, someone needs to make sure that kid carries sunscreen the next time he goes someplace excessively sunny-his poor skin can’t take it.

    But for all that, I think he’s lovely. And he is the only reason I will voluntarily go see a Star Trek movie in a theatre.

  21. Nanea says:

    Out and proud Cumberbitch here, as well as being a longtime Hiddlestonian.

  22. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    I thought I had grown out of giddy, crushing school girl. Evidently not, as my heart is actually racing! Gah! Glad to know I’m not dead yet. But also a but disappointed to find that I still have a bit of the obsessed stalker in me as well.

  23. jamie says:

    This made my day! The majority speaks–we love Benedict. So bring on the Cumberbatch and Hiddles posts, there seems to be a lot of crossover between the fan bases.

  24. jamie says:

    I don’t really have anything else to say but saw on the homepage that the Bristol Palin and Kardashian posts have more comments than Benedict’s. Boo to that I say.

  25. birdie says:

    Yey, more Cumberbatch posts, please!! He looks so handsome on the runway. *sigh*

  26. Julie says:

    Thank you Kaiser for this post! Mr. Cumberbatch has really grown on me. When you first posted pictures of him, he really didn’t do anything for me. I thought he looked weird, and I didn’t see the appeal. Well, let me tell you, I’ve done a complete 180. Now I can’t get enough of him. Every photo/video/audio clip makes my ovaries sing!

  27. EscapedConvent says:

    Oh, for God’s sake. I wasn’t going to comment today on Benedict (my pretend boyfriend) because I was rolling my eyes so much at the “ugly” comments that it impaired my reading. But I can either let this go, or set some of you straight.

    First, let’s get some realism in the discussion of what “ugly” looks like. Has anyone seen Gilbert Gottfried? How about Newt Gingrich? Remember when Lyle Lovett was considered the textbook illustration of ugliness? Okay, he still is that, but it is absurd to apply that word to Benedict Cumberbun.

    What Benedict has is what William Butler Yeats & I like to call a “changing face.” This is one of the qualities that makes him such a wonderfully believable actor. His chameleon quality works for him as an actor as no stiff, dead-eyed Botoxed face can hope to do. I think that because this is what we’re used to seeing in most of our actors, our funny little brains have small seizure-like reactions to someone whose face is delightfully mercurial & unpredictable. You have only to watch a few performances of just about anything he’s done & you may wonder if you are seeing the same person.

    Benedict can communicate with half an eyebrow what others need several pages of dialogue to convey. I’m not complaining if he wants to talk as well, as I think he has the most gorgeous voice since Richard Burton. (Listen to him read Ode to a Nightingale.)

    I see that this is turning into an essay & if I don’t stop now, I will need footnotes. I will only add that I think his face is beautiful & that his seeming to be a gentleman makes him even more so. Keep writing about him–we who appreciate him are thrilled to see him here!

    Also, Tasha, my fellow cumberlover, if you see this, back me up, will you?

    • Amelia says:

      *golf clap*
      Feel free to turn it into an essay ^^
      Ode to a nightingale …. Not gonna lie. I died. Then was brought back to life to die all over again over his voice.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Uh-oh. Re: an essay on Benedict—it won’t take much encouragement!

        Has anyone watched (YouTube) him as Vincent Van Gogh?–it’s called “Painted With Words.” I thought this story couldn’t get any sadder. Watching Benedict as Vincent is heart-wrenching.

        I agree about Ode to a Nightingale–this has seriously stirred up a passion for his reading among the Cumberladies. I demand that he read *all* the Romantic Poets, & I am unanimous in that!

    • Lisa says:

      Maybe I’m strange, but I don’t think he’s ugly. I just think he looks different than the typical “handsome.” I actually find him very attractive. His voice is fantastic, and he’s an amazing actor.

      The only reason I watched all of “The Last Enemy” was him and his performance.

      I am beyond thrilled to hear he’s willing to play Sherlock for many years. I got the sense, I’m not sure from where, that “Sherlock” might only go three to five seasons. I hope it runs for 10+ years.

    • D1 says:

      I wish that after writing this nice comment about BC, in which you criticize people for sharing their subjective opinion that he is ugly, you had decided against including a paragraph in which you share your own subjective opinion that GG, NG, & LL are ugly.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Wow. I didn’t expect to get any argument on Newt. But, all right, duly noted!

      • D1 says:

        Show me someone who is somewhat well-known & accomplished, and who is seen as talented in their chosen field by a significant number of people, and I’ll show you someone a lot of people are attracted to, whether he’s conventionally good-looking or not.

        (And hand to God, during Newt’s reign as Speaker of the House/Anti-Clinton Crusader-in-Chief, I personally witnessed multiple grown women swooning over him, which convinced me that pretty much all famous people have stans)

    • monette says:

      I got your back EscapedConvent, I will support more writing about him anyway that I can. We must encourage good actors and discourage low life famewh*res. And if this means I have to comment 1000 times on one post, I will.

  28. Halfmydadsage says:

    Yum. Yay. Cumbercrushing continues.

  29. Meredith says:


  30. Jules says:

    It makes me happy to see the CumberCurls free from the hair product prison Benedict has kept them in lately.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Aren’t the CumberCurls fab? But I like the CumberSlickBack too, because it gives him a 1940s kind of suave cool thing.

      Before I forget, I must say that I have never seen so many people have so much fun with a name. When I first heard his name, I giggled at its silliness. But now I am enjoying the hell out of all the expressive sounds that can be made by simply putting “Cumber” in front of words. He’s become a prefix!

  31. Genevieve says:

    Oh, YUMMY. Devoted Cumberb*tch here. Divine.

    Thank you, KAISER!

  32. iseepinkelefants says:

    Why does he keep the Sherlock hair during off season? Isn’t he more ginger? Or as Thom Yorke calls it “strawberry blonde” (never really noticed how many ginger men I crush on). Definitely perfer his natural ginge, non slicked hair.

    He also has freakishly long second toes but he’s got very large [sexy] hands/fingers, and feet so I guess it’s just another one of his odd quirks.

  33. Oksana says:

    This is one posh bastard I want to wake up to every morning! YUM!!!!

  34. Joe Shmoe says:

    Dude looks like Rick Astley.

  35. Unicorn says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch is compelling, and that makes him infinitely more intriguing than someone who is merely handsome. “Compelling” implies an unknown element that is equal parts personality, intelligence, heart and spirit, and I will take “compelling” over “handsome” any day. “Handsome” is mere physicality; “compelling” is every aspect of the person. Who cares about the Brad Pitts or Tom Cruises of this world? Give me Benedict Cumberbatch with his compelling aura, his quicksilver mind, his romantic heart (who but a man with a truly romantic soul could read Ode to a Nightingale and turn it into pure seduction on every level?), and a voice that would shame a Stradivarius cello. Where, for the love of all that’s holy, has this man been all my life?

  36. tru tru says:

    while I love his acting, he is not good looking.

    Have at him ladies!

  37. Mouse says:

    That’s a great way to describe him! He’s sexy AND sweet/cute. And his voice….just makes me melt like a pound of butter.

    I think he’s much better when you see him speaking and moving. To all you haters who are judging from photos only, go watch Sherlock or Atonement. He’s a great actor and he’s absolutely charming!