Benedict Cumberbatch contains his cumbercurls in NYC: would you hit it?


Here are some new photos of our man, Benedict Cumberbatch, in NYC for “A Conversation” about Sherlock and some other stuff, sponsored by BAFTA. I’ve been dying over here because there’s been such a drought of Benedict news this week – last weekend he went to some kind of Sherlock convention and interacted with fans, but no real news came of it. Then he flew to NYC a few days ago to do a couple of NYFW events, and I guess to do this forum last night. How does he look? He looks shockingly YOUNG to me. I think it’s his current hair that’s making him look ten years younger. Or hey, maybe he got some ‘Tox.

As for the conversation, Benedict had a lot to say about various Sherlocky things. Some highlights:

Why he’s not on social media: “It would take over my life and probably ruin it”

The internet response to Sherlock: “It was very overwhelming in a distanced kind of way. I was really aware of this immediate response. I was amazed how vocal it was. This tweeting and blogging came alive. That is very rare, a live experience with a TV audience. It was a new experience for me.”

He almost turned down the Sherlock role: “I heard about it and thought that sounds like an idea to reinfranchise something to make money. It could be a bit cheap and cheesy. I thought I would read it and then I fell in love with it.”

[From The Mirror & The Independent]

It’s weird that Benedict was like, “Oh, a modern Sherlock? Just a silly way to make money!” It just seems like it wouldn’t have even been that obvious that modernizing Sherlock would be such a cash cow, but look at it now.

Anyway, who’s even paying attention to the words? Just look at lovely Benedict. I’m so glad we have these photos. It feels like he’s still styled as Alan Turing though.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. T.fanty says:

    Yes. Next question.

    I like the nazi-financed suit, too.

    • j.eyre says:

      Hmm, looks like he has his Valentine’s Day plans all sewn up there. Do you think he got a two for one coupon from BA? That must have really made his day.

      • T.fanty says:

        It’s true. A free suit, air stewardesses who have agreed to sneak him on the plane in exchange for a quickie in the cockpit….It’s a good day to be Cumby!

      • LadySlippers says:

        Nope, that’s just one of our fellow CBs testing out our new costumes for a selfie. Works well eh?


        (Please please don’t ask how I got THIS costume. It’s a very embarrassing story. And worse — it didn’t even fit me!!!!)

      • j.eyre says:

        I don’t know, the one on the right is working it much harder. I bet that’s the one he tells Wanda about during their bi-weekly phone call. I imagine he will call her the Enchantress. The other he’ll call Neddie.

      • T.fanty says:

        Bi-weekly? You think Wanda doesn’t call him three times a day to make sure he’s eating properly?

      • j.eyre says:

        Well those calls happen, certainly. In those calls he also places his order for his lunch the next day and admonishes her for not working harder on getting out the chutney stain from his collar. But she only allows him to speak of his worldwide conquests twice a week.

        It all began when he had to justify those ledger entries during their budget meetings.

      • T.Fanty says:

        That’s why he keeps asking if he can get a discount for cash. I assumed it was a tax thing he was worrying about.

      • anonymous says:

        this is the best he’s ever looked and the year is just starting. What are the odds he reads comments online about his looks and fired his make up artist?

    • Sixer says:

      It’s Cumberteen! Am I a seeker of faux jailbait if I say this is one of the rare occasions I think yes, I would hit that?

    • LadySlippers says:

      Fanty. You are so naughty that you shouldn’t be allowed to hit it.

      *shakes head*

    • EscapedConvent says:

      And what did I say about flight attendants? Cumby lives on airplanes. If you want to meet him, you have to be a flight attendant. I’m appalled it took me this long to figure that out.

      • LadySlippers says:

        It’s probably the influence of those holy nuns that caused you to be misdirected.

        Oh HI EsCon!!!! *waves excitedly*

      • Green Girl says:

        Escaped Convent, you’re a genius because I never figured that out. And now British Airways will see a surge in applications for flight attendants.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Hello, Slippers! Yes, some days it is all I can do to bust out of Vespers so I can send pigeons to Cumby with my love letters. (We’re a low-tech Convent.)

        Green Girl, yes, I think we’re looking at the Prince Wills effect. I refer to the surge in female students’ applications to St. Andrews when it was reported that Prince William would be going there.

        The clever British girls have already noticed that Cumby is perpetually on an airplane & so it is only a matter of time before they get him in their section & can accidentally spill whiskey on his lap. They will have to insist on cleaning it up—-it’s just good customer service. As they swab at his jorts, they can slip him a phone number & be sure that he will see it, as he won’t be changing out of that sweater for several months.

        If this does not force me to conquer my fear of flying, nothing ever will.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Luckily I’ve already absconded a uniform for myself. Perhaps no one will notice that A) it’s too short and B) I have no clue about how to be a flight attendant.

        *side eyes Squirrel for not sharing today*

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        *side eyes LadyS right back, knowing she would do the same thing if she had of gotten to him first*

      • LadySlippers says:

        Hmph. No Squirrel. I wouldn’t.
        So there.


      • Kelly says:

        Oh god, flashback to Ralph Fiennes and his airline stewardess incident

  2. Aims says:

    Nope. I just can’t go there. I’ll withdraw from this one and you ladies can fight over him.

  3. betsy says:

    There are some great photos of the event on tumblr. He looks 10 years younger in them. He did just beat Hiddleston and Fassbender in a new sexiest male poll which I always love to see.

    Also at the fan event some of the production team let the cat out of the bag – there will be a Sherlock xmas special

    • 'p'enny says:

      @betsy. I hope so, I really really do. But I am not holding my breath on the xmas special, despite what BBC are demanding. If Moffatt and Gatiss have gone on the record to say 2015, then it may not happen. I think Moffatt is serious on the new doctor who at the moment, it’s filming pretty much to September, on and off and Capaldi deserves his full attention after the last dire set of DrWho episodes.

      And Gatiss, bless has gone to Rio for a holiday 😀

      • Delorb says:

        Is it weird to be jealous and in love with Mark at the same time? Jealous of his writing talent and in love with him for the same reason. Oh, and duh, of course I’d hit Benedict.

    • Kelly says:

      “there will be a Sherlock xmas special”
      Don’t tease my heart like that, I can’t take it if it turns out to be false!!

    • Anna says:

      From what I understand, the BBC wants a christmas special, but nobody has committed to it yet. I’d LOVE it to happen, but Cumberbatch, Moffat, and Freeman all have pretty tight schedules right now, so unless they’ve definitely signed onto it, I’m not sure we can assume it’s happening. :/

  4. GizmoG says:

    I like this hair. Can we keep this hair for a while? I mean… maybe it’s not perfect, but… at least it’s not the hair helmet that never met a can if hairspray it didn’t love.

    Also- yes he looks incredible!! Well done to the Batch- strong showing at NYFW/BAFTANY!! (Anna Wintour is one of us, let’s face it!)

    • SonjaMarmeladova says:

      He doesn’t look orange or yellow. Finally. He looks good.

      • GizmoG says:

        This is true! My goodness, a happy valentine’s day indeed!

        Do we know when the “pointing” happened? Maybe we can get him onto “peace signs” next? Instead of the pointing, throw up a deuce, Cumby.

    • Abby says:

      lol yes also did you see him fanning himself during the show while everyone else including Wintour was wearing jackets and feeling cold

    • Kelly says:

      Major side-eye shading for hanging out with Wintour, I mean really Benny, for gods sake

      • Maureen says:


        I’m so glad someone brought this up. Because of him all cozied up to her, I’m turned off by this entire set of photos — including the hair and suit. Nothing can save him when he’s hob-knobbing with that horrible woman.

      • Kelly says:

        The man obviously hasn’t read/seen The Devil Wears Prada.
        Or he has and he’s into sadistic older fcks.
        Damn you Benny, whyyy

      • Abby says:

        firstly everyone sucks up to her…even Lupita (whom I adore) sat next to Wintour at the Calvin Klein show because no matter how terrible she is, Anna has the clout and connections. So I get it why BC would not wanna upset her by not sitting with her.

        I won’t hate or judge BC and Lupita because of this as I know in every profession there are certain people that you just have to appease or pretend to like for your benefit. They are just doing that plus who know we might see BC on a Vogue cover 😉

      • Kelly says:

        Nooo, Lupita, noooooooooooooooooo!!!
        I would get it if they were models or B celebs trying to break into the industry, but for gods sake, does Benedict Cumberbatch (what is he, a male model suddenly?) need to suck up to Anna Wintour??? Does she get actors of his caliber roles? No. Is she important in the acting world? Unless you count that one time Meryl Streep played her, no.
        I’d say Wintour needs him more than he needs her, she loves to appear as “artsy”, relevant and seen with “it” people.
        I don’t understand why people let her though!
        I get seeing Gerard Butler there, but Cumby really doesn’t need this.

      • Miss Scarlet says:

        Celebs get paid to sit in the front row at these shows…it gets the show more publicity.

      • GizmoG says:


        At first I was a little bit tickled- I mean, the Fashion Ice Queen buddying up to waffling, long-winded, bleeding-heart Cumberbatch? Not to mention some of his previous sartorial efforts, as well as the penchant to find something that works and wear the HELL out of it (like a normal person, not a fashion plate). Not exactly Vogue personified?

        But at the same time, kind of wondering how this happened and who had what to gain from it? I don’t think she’s someone I’d want to make an enemy out of, though, so if she called me up, I’d sit front row and grin and bear it and take the coverage? Especially when Goop, Witherspoon, and others must have been there, too?

        Plus- it gets worse- Gerard Butler, and C/D-list Scott Eastwood (Clint’s son) was there…. a strange mix, I guess?

      • Kelly says:

        “waffling, long-winded, bleeding-heart Cumberbatch”
        hahahahahahahahahahaha, so much win

        But yes, it’s very odd, isn’t it? The mixture of celebs who were there that night. I get Gerry boy, needs all the pr he can get, sadly. I get Eastwood Jr, he’s not even in the business proper, unless he mentions his dad’s name in every sentence. I get Goop, self-explanatory, Witherspoon – ditto, Kruger – former model.
        But what the hell is BC doing there?? Is he really that into fashion? Not to mention that it was a Hugo Boss Women show? Does he go there to pick up chicks? (lol, possible)
        Maybe he knows the designer and is friends with him? (though again, ODD)

      • GizmoG says:

        I think the deeper, more nagging question we all have:

        Does Benedict Cumberbatch EVER say no to an invitation?

        That would be my guess. He’s in NYC, he got the invite, he probably figured “what the crap, why not?” and suited up and showed up. He must have liked the suit (or only brought the one suit), as he wore the same thing to BAFTA event.

        Well- he certainly was on his A game if he was looking for the ladies! Flirtatious, fashion Batch may be a new flavour! One can only imagine the conversation.

      • Kelly says:

        “Does Benedict Cumberbatch EVER say no to an invitation?”
        God I hope not, can I send him an invitation then??

        He’s been known to attend fashion shows before (eww, that sounds cheap and posh, sorry Benny), but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him sit next to the Prada devil.

        “Flirtatious, fashion Batch may be a new flavour!” – HA! Hopefully he’s not that sleazy one-night stand desperate dude chatting up models in corners (oh god, can you imagine the video tho, AHAHAHAH)

        Lookie what I’ve resurrected –

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Thank you, Kelly. You have stated exactly how I feel about this. Maybe he just likes to gad about, but a fashion show with the Insect Queen, I don’t get. I can’t imagine what he thinks he needs with Anna Wintour. Is she in charge of him getting film roles? No, she is not.

        She gives me some of the worst heebie jeebies I’ve felt in awhile. Cumby, get away from the succubus!

      • Katie says:

        People don’t cross Wintour because she’s got significant press influence–as the chief editor of Vogue and as a director of Condé Nast, which owns Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, etc.- and designer influence. I wouldn’t cross her if I had to have any dealings with the press.

      • Ag-UK says:

        I mean I like him but he is as far a fashion sorting person as I can think of. I guess everyone thinks they need to be seen at them. His clothes look ok but that’s only recent as he was still wearing braces ( suspenders) not that long ago.

      • MissMary says:

        He hung out w/her at some movie premiere in NYC back in the autumn, too, iirc.

      • LilyRose says:

        @Miss Scarlet. Celebrities are not paid to attend fashion shows. Your average fashion show couldn’t afford it, and I am including the Donna Karans, Calvin Kleins of the world. A fashion show is known as a “loss leader”, meaning that almost no money is made from the event. The money is made by selling the collection, sometimes modified, to big fancy stores.Most likely, the organizers send out invitations and set up small showcases (i.e. free designer stuff) to lure in current and favorite celebrities. This, in turn is free publicity for the brand. The first row is set up for celebrities, press and industry VIPs, but are ironically not the best seat in the house to view the show. That goes to the photographers.

      • Miss Scarlet says:

        LilyRose, you are incorrect.

        Also, as far as BC hanging with Nuclear Wintour – has everyone forgotten that he had a feature in Vogue’s September issue? Vogue then hosted a special screening of ‘The Fifth Estate.’

        I think he does like going out to events while he’s traveling. He’s also been very into fashion ever since his hookup with Lydia Hearst. After they did that magazine spread together and started ‘dating’, she really introduced him to the fashion world.

      • LilyRose says:

        That was never the case when I worked fashion shows, though that was over a decade ago. The way it worked was to get people, celebrities and important press/editors on the list. You sent out invites and offered private meetings/fittings at the designer showroom. Sometimes there were swag bags, but no one got paid for appearances.

      • Kelly says:

        People, there’s a video!!!
        Gotta lol at his brief fashion analysis 😀

      • Ag-UK says:

        I agree however my friend in Fashion pr said BC more handsome in person and Hugo Boss pays a lot. He does the CK shows and 24 others in NY the celebs all get $$$$$ so BC was paid too.

    • 'p'enny says:

      wow – he’s ramping up his PR activities. He wants stateside recognition and big.
      But, that Daily Mail link is funny it’s like a sketch out of Ab Fab. 😀

      • Maureen says:

        Yes, he does want recognition and he loves the attention and the whole fancy-ness of the lifestyle and the names (of the people surrounding him). I hope everyone remembers this when he’s whining about how he doesn’t have time to fulfill his dream (LOL) of settling down and filling his house in London with children.

  5. Shiv says:

    100% would hit it…again….and again….and again….

  6. Lolo-ology says:

    Moar curls! That is where magic lives. And occasionally, a wood elf.

  7. Hello Kitty says:

    Obvi. Would hit it so hard and so long.

    Happy Valentines Day, fellow C-Bitches! Do we have any Valentines themed plans for our Cumby?

    • LadySlippers says:

      See Hello Kitty? See how well a costume works???? And to think people were doubting me!


      • Hello Kitty says:

        LadySlippers, are you one of the flight attendants pictured above?! Well done on getting past security!!!

      • LadySlippers says:

        Sadly NO!!!

        I went on double duty trying to acquire more costumes and then was totally furious when the uniforms were too short!!! Can’t they see how TALL I am? The outrage I feel is enormous!

        (But I was slightly mollified by the fact my plan works so well. So no need to worry as we can get selfies with our boys)

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Hello Hello Kitty!

      My Valentine’s Day plans for Cumby include:
      Listening to him recite poetry
      Listening to him recite children’s books
      Listening to him recite tomorrows shopping list
      Watching him wash his socks in the sink
      Watching him brushing his teeth
      Watching him cleaning out his fridge
      Scratching the eyes out of anyone who gets between me and any of these plans.

      • Janeite says:

        Hey Squirrel….
        Um, does Cumby know that you have these plans? Or did you set up a hidden camera in his house yet again??

      • Kelly says:

        Hidden camera eh? Link to the live stream please?

      • LadySlippers says:

        Janeite… shhht… It’s all in the garden!

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Oh ladies, I thought you might have worked it out by now. The Ben in these pics looks different because I have been laboring in the secret lab and created a clone.

        The real Ben is safely tucked up at Thornfield sorting his jorts collection and looking online for Russian supermodel dating sites.

        *makes note to disconnect internet access to Thornfield ASAP*

        The recent Ben blind item story was sort of true but I couldn’t say anything before now. There was $25,000 exchanged for favors, but it was me paying him for a personal and private Valentine’s Day extravaganza. He is now contractually obliged to me to say and do the following things:

        1. “Does this make my bum look fat?” whilst pointing his posterior in my direction and rubbing his nervous hands over his thighs.

        2. “Oh, you simply are the most divine (woodland) creature I ever beheld” whilst “beholding” me!

        3. “Here, let me caressingly drape this excruciatingly expensive diamond necklace around your throat using nothing but my lips”

        He might have to pick me up off the floor for that last one…

      • Kelly says:

        Squirrel, you win the internet today!!

  8. GeeMoney says:

    He looks great! Love him!

    And I’m glad that he didn’t turn down Sherlock… I can’t imagine anyone but him doing that role. He does it too well.

  9. Indira says:

    Oh yum! I would and I would!
    He looks slimmer than he has in a while and I think that’s what’s different. Not so much ‘young’ as rested and refreshed. But there’s nothing like Ben in motion, so as good as he looks now, he’d be even better on video. Love, love him.

    • Mandy says:

      I read that at the Sherlock convention he did over the weekend he told everyone he was on a diet, so I guess that is why he’s so slim at the moment. Apparently fans had brought him sugary treats as gifts and then he handed them out for everyone to share during his Q&A session because he said he couldn’t eat them. Too cute.

  10. Ruth Dunbar says:

    Yes I would hit it! All day and all night.

  11. Abby says:

    who did his hair and make-up here…I am gonna hug that person and Cumby should hire her or him permanently.

    He looks so damn handsome and young ughhhh my heart can’t handle this. I was dying for a Cumby post and finally we get one, that too on Valentine’s day yayyyyyyy 🙂

    • Mandy says:

      I agree, he must have a better make-up person these days! He only looks old when he has bad make-up on! He looks fresh and dewy!

    • Roisin says:

      x1000! Whoever did styling for this appearance gets a standing ovation from me! He looks fantastic…and natural.

    • Green Girl says:

      He looks amazing, and I love his hair! Then again, I’m fine with just about any style except the funeral parlor director-type hair he was sporting during the STiD press.

  12. Mandy says:

    Love the hair…looks like what must be his natural colour! And the short cut that allows for just a bit of curl is elegant. I think he sometimes looks older than he is when he is wearing make-up, in candid pictures he seems to look much younger. He is boyishly adorable!
    Also, in some of the pictures from fashion week it looked like Anna Wintour wanted to consume him and he was trying to get away…too funny!

    • 'p'enny says:


      I’m believe he is mousey blonde/brown/auburn naturally LOL
      Where I would like ‘one who can’t be named in this thread’ to go back to blonde and curly, with Benedict I feel it does him no favours.

      • Mandy says:

        Penny…yes the blonde and curly does not agree with dear Benedict! It washes his complexion out. He needs richer colour to brighten his face, so whatever it is right now suits him well! To be honest (although I know many will disagree), I don’t like it when it is the dark Sherlock colour either. He looks best “au naturale”.

    • EscapedConvent says:


      “She wanted to consume him”! That’s hilarious.

      The preying Mantis does that, though.

      • Mandy says:


        I know some people were wondering why he was sitting next to Mantis lady, but whatever the reason he didn’t look overly excited about it to me. I think the business with him fanning himself was to keep her at bay…I doubt he was feeling that warm. Plus, I saw some pictures of him leaving the show and he seemed to be fairly sprinting out of there all on his own!

  13. lunchcoma says:

    He looks nice, and I understand his wariness about modernizing Sherlock. There are a ton of movies and TV shows every year that attempt to update classic, well-known IP. A lot of them are just slapping a name on the latest action movie or soap or procedural (I mean, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is a real movie that people apparently paid money to watch). A few of them are good. Makes sense he’d be cautious until he saw the quality of the work.

    • Janeite says:

      Hi lunchcoma,
      Yes, I agree with you. Updating a classic is always a risk. Some turn out well and quite a few do not.

      And it should be illegal for him to cut the cumbercurls. They are a thing of beauty.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Some Barber somewhere is just sweeping those cut curls into a dustpan and into a bin. Such sacrilege…

      • Janeite says:

        Perhaps if said barber were more enterprising, he would sell the Cumbercurls on Ebay! You know…for charity, of course!

      • LilyRose says:

        A barber? How quaint. You know those curls are handled by Stylists, my dear. Stylists! Artistes of the mane!

  14. 'p'enny says:

    Mighty smooth! love it.

    But my God, he doesn’t sit still, he was only in England last weekend, after flying from the States. Suppose that’s what happens when you visit Birmingham, it scares you away to somewhere nicer. He had a quick dinner -date with this pals in London. A trip, apparently, to Finland for a driving on ice thing with Jaguar, unless that hasn’t happened yet. He is hard to keep up with. He doesn’t like alone time at home, that’s for certain.

    • GeeMoney says:

      I disagree… I think he’s constantly in motion because he’s single and he has the time to work. I bet if he found the right woman and settled down with her, he’d spend more time at home.

    • Kelly says:

      He’s living my dream life to be honest, if I got the chance to choose between having him or living his life, guess what, I’d pick living his life!
      Never settle down mate, it all goes down the drain then.

  15. Kiddo says:

    “I’ve been dying over here because there’s been such a drought of Benedict news this week ”

    You cracked me up, Kaiser. I don’t have a fondness for Cumberbatch, but I kind of have a fondness for your fondness of Cumberbatch.

  16. PunkyMomma says:

    Yes, yes and yes.

  17. CaribbeanLaura says:

    Oh the Fug girls saw him in person at some show or the other in NYFW. They said he was more handsome in person. Could you imagine it? MORE handsome???!!

    ETA: I would hit it like a snow plow hitting a snow drift. (Please note I am from the Caribbean and as such I have no idea how hard the aforemention snow plow hits. I’m assuming it’s very hard)

  18. Mel M says:

    I finally started watching Sherlock on Netflix and do love it. I still don’t find him as attractive as many on here but I get the attraction now.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      He is smokin’ hot on Sherlock. That collar flip and hair ruffle in episode 1 of the 3rd season (no spoilers!)…even my skeptical friends fell for him at that point. Pictures don’t do him justice, he needs to be moving!

      • LadySlippers says:

        And talking.

        *fans face*

      • CaribbeanLaura says:

        Oh Lord the hair ruffle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Hope this link works – it’s a valentines day gift for any Cumbyskeptics out there. Just watch this epic hair ruffle over and over and over aaaand…you’re welcome. 😉

      • Mel M says:

        Well I’m only up to episode 3 season 1 and this clip looks like a spoiler of sorts. I guess I’ll have to wait and it might be a long time since I can only get in about an episode a week if I’m lucky with 2 under 2.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        It really isn’t a spoiler, I promise! By itself, it doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know. There are so many twists and turns in this show that you *think* you know what is happening, but you really don’t.
        I wouldn’t have posted it otherwise. 🙂

  19. Best news for me this week was that The Imitation Game has been purchased by TWC—maybe that’s why our boy looks so wonderful in the above photos.

    As a devoted admirer of BC & as an opinionated old bitch just a cat’s whisker from a biblical four score, have loved being Late-to-the-Party. It’s now time, however, to get back to my knitting, like reading to my grandchildren in English. Am leaving the fabulous Trifonov hands in the tender care of LadySlippers, but taking the mesmerizing Cumbereyes with me. Give my regards to the wandering nun—her words of welcome were what drew me in. Above all, ladies, take good care if the Wizard. He really deserves your love. <3

    • LadySlippers says:

      Oh Late! Please don’t stay away too long! Just shove your grand babies in the closet and join us soon. (Closets are totally safe albeit a bit dark)

  20. Miss Scarlet says:

    That 3 piece suit is fabulous. It would look great on my floor.

  21. Shannon1972 says:

    *tiptoes onto thread, looks around stealthily*


    *tiptoes out, snickering*

    • Kelly says:

      Thomas where for art thou!!!

    • CaribbeanLaura says:

      LOL I love this!!!!!

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Oh Shannon! You must be a chef because you are a first class STIRER!!

      It’s nice that we can all laugh about it now rather than the infighting and slandering that used to go on. Perhaps one day we shall see them as separate entities, but whilst ever they are friends, I see this link between them always carrying on!

      • Kelly says:

        “Perhaps one day we shall see them as separate entities”
        Ahahahahahahahahahaha, god you’re brilliant

    • 'p'enny says:

      i sometimes wonder, as they ran away together from the Donmar was Benedict holding Tom’s hand or the way round? Benedict is nearly five years older than Tom, do you think that he is the leader? i’ll save you Tom from the mad-fans?

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Hmmmmmm maybe. Then again Tom has his big boy britches on at the moment keeping his fans in check, so he might be taking the lead in all areas of his life. Go Tom! Get your grump on and snarl at some of us!!

        I would have to see a close up picture of their hand holding (or a VERY accurate drawing) to determine who is in charge. I’m an expert at these things (looking at men’s hands, not so much in determining relationship power!).

  22. Janet says:

    He still looks like a cucumber but I have to admit he can wear the hell out of a three- piece suit.

  23. Kelly says:

    Would I hit it, oh I’d hit it alright, eff him and his epic hair and eff his epic suit and his effin epic brain, eff you. Literally. Eff you. Hard.

    Oh and I love that comment about social media, he’s totally right.

  24. Lindy79 says:

    So young looking, so suity, so nice!
    I love how he stands and holds his arms and hands.

  25. ItSetsYou says:

    Can someone explain to me his appeal? I’m not saying he is not attractive, but just want to know why so many are going gaga over him – he seems just… ok to me.

    • Andrea says:

      He has unusual features and blue/grey eyes which personally, is something I am attracted to. I don’t like guys looking well generic. In Sherlock, he plays a man who does not have relationships and is borderline asexual and for women, it is like the ultimate challenge. Plus, he is British and has a lovely deep baritone voice, which again, is rare. All that combined is what makes him appealing I believe.

      • ItSetsYou says:

        @Andrea “asexual”? Can’t see why that’s attractive. A nice voice is definitely a plus.

      • Ag-UK says:

        He’s English that’s why. Yes his voice is nice but many others with that similar voice but not on TV. Hey if you can take the rain cross the pond lol

    • EM says:

      You have to watch “Sherlock” to get it. Simple as that. I used to skip posts about our dear Benedict, thinking “who is this odd looking fellow? Has everyone else gone insane?” Then I watched an episode of “Sherlock”…..

      Holy f*ck. Have been hooked since.

    • Kelly says:

      yep, it’s all down to Sherlock, if you haven’t seen it, you can’t understand it – that character has supreme confidence and genius intelligence, an unbeatable combination, along with a sarcastic snarky wit – everyone’s who seen that show understands the appeal, even if they don’t share it personally

    • Granger says:

      You don’t even have to watch Sherlock (although maybe that’s where he’s his prettiest) — just watch him in any interview. He’s intelligent and articulate, has a beautiful voice, and a lovely accent. It all makes for a delicious package.

      • ItSetsYou says:

        @Granger, I watched his interview and all of the things you mentioned are definitely there but I don’t find him insanely attractive. Well, whatever, I guess he just doesn’t do it for me personally.

      • LadySlippers says:

        This too!

      • GizmoG says:

        I think there’s a progression, for some fans.

        First, it’s Sherlock, and suddenly they “kind of get it, but whatever.”

        Then, they maybe click on an interview and suddenly, they’re looking at more interviews.

        They start to appreciate the suited up Batch who is professionally styled and made up.

        They start to think his voice is a lethal weapon, but still, “it’s totally NOT A THING.”

        Then. One day. You’re at your computer, looking at a slightly tousled, scruffy, maybe ginger (I’m sorry, AUBURN), Cumberbatch hanging off the Stig in jorts posing like a school kid, and you’re kind of attracted to him. After that, it’s all down hill. Even “Fifty Shades and Textures of Grey” Batch kind of gets your motor running.

      • CaribbeanLaura says:

        @GizmoG. Have you been stalking me? How did you know that’s how it went down?

      • GizmoG says:


        *pats* there, there. It’s okay. Embrace the jorts. They happened, we have to make peace with them. On the up side, he manages to fill out a 3 piece suit nicely, so there’s that.

        Also- have we but forth theory that perhaps, since he went to an all boys school and probably has worn uniforms most of his life, he’d never really been able to get his jorts phase out of his system?

      • CaribbeanLaura says:

        Those were tears of joy. So warped am I by this man I now find Jorts to be acceptable wear. Actually I think they should be worn everywhere, on the red carpet, to weddings…everywhere.

        He has destroyed me.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I don’t get it either, but to each her own.

    • pru says:

      I get it. If I’d just seen a picture of him, I would never think he was hot. I really had to see him in action.
      In the first episode on Sherlock, I thought he was the oddest looking man. (I’d seen The Other Boleyn Girl paid no notice to him) The scene were he was laying on the sofa he looked so exotic – those eyes! And in the part where Sherlock and John were at the bottom of the stairs out of breath, laughing, I thought “Holy crap – is this man sexy!”. By the end of the episode I was a drooling mess.
      Also, voice plays a big part for me. I find people more attractive when I like their voice. (Tommy Lee Jones gravely one still gets me!)
      Plus, as a person, he is really intelligent, charming and talented. All adds up to hot, sexy goodness.

  26. Lisa says:

    Hit it several times and then have him beg for more. Twice.

  27. allheavens says:

    I’d sop him up with a biscuit and lick my fingers afterwards.

    Cumberbatch looks great, love the hair, just the right amount of curl and LOVE the love the three piece. Even though is has been traveling a hell of a lot he looks rested and happy. Great combo any day!

    The Anna Wintour thing is a non-starter people. If he didn’t associate with every objectionable person in the business he’s in, he’d be sitting in an empty room 24/7.

    • Kelly says:

      ” If he didn’t associate with every objectionable person in the business he’s in, he’d be sitting in an empty room 24/7.”
      That’s true.
      It’s just that I REALLY dislike her big time, it rubbed me the wrong way. I can get pass women kissing her hiney because they want to land the cover of Vogue and thus further their careers (how sad is it that non-modelling women have to land a magazine cover to further their careers??) but men don’t need that stuff, they do just fine on talent alone.

    • Becks says:

      But Anna Wintour is not in his ‘business’. He has no need to consort with that awful woman at all.

      • allheavens says:


        Really? Fashion is as much a part of show business as acting. Super models once dominated the covers of fashion magazines but now it is actors both female and male.

        Magazines like Vogue provide another avenue for promotion not only of their projects but themselves. Some fashion magazines provide a certain cache and validation of their position in the business. It is a symbiotic relationship that as existed for decades and male actors are now joining the party more than ever.

  28. St says:

    He looks SO YOUNG with this hair. I love it. This is the best hair he wore. Also the one he wears in Sherlock makes him look much-much younger and very pretty. I would love him to wear it forever.

  29. Lilacflowers says:

    Would I hit it? No. Never. Sorry, he does nothing for me. More of him for everyone else to share. Yes, I’ve seen Sherlock. And Star Trek. And 12YAS. And Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. And War Horse. And gifs of him with the scarf. And Alan Rickman impressions. And reciting Gin & Juice. And Atonement. And The Other Boleyn Girl. And August: Osage County. And Desolation of Smaug. He has talent. I hope he has a successful career. But, no, I wouldn’t hit it.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Ha ha Lilac. You are the most dedicated non-fan I have ever seen! I haven’t even seen half those things!

    • LadySlippers says:

      I don’t mind that he doesn’t ring your bell. I’m sure you could list some men that curl your hair and wouldn’t do anything of the sort for me.

      I DO appreciate that you aren’t making snide remarks. Everyone has different likes and dislikes and not one is better than another. But we have to respect those differences, so thank you.

    • Kelly says:

      YES, ONE DOWN. Now if I can just convince every other woman on the planet that Benny’s horrible, he’d be forced to ring my doorbell and stay here, mwahahahaahah

    • Lilacflowers says:

      @Secret Squirrel, I am a frequent movie-goer, partly because I really enjoy film, partly because movie-going is what my friends and I do when we get together, and partly because I am primary caregiver for an 85 year old who must see every major film on opening weekend. I do think he has talent bu he just doesn’t do anything for me.

      @LadySlippers, I do respect the preferences of others may not be the same as mind and try to avoid snide remarks, unless the preference is a wife-beater, rapist, bigot or total imbecile who never showers, then I just can’t restrain myself. So far, nobody has expressed a preference for Rush Limbaugh, so you’re all safe.

      @Kelly, (movie spoiler) my niece refers to him as “that guy with the odd-shaped head who got Tom Hiddleston killed in War Horse”, so you can count her out too.

  30. Raven says:

    He looks fabulous. Sometimes he’s going to have to rub elbows with people who aren’t the greatest, but it’s all part of the game. He’s just doing what he needs to.

  31. MSTHANG says:

    Would I hit it??? Hard and repeatedly ladies!

  32. Maria says:

    I do wonder whether he was still here to enjoy all this fun weather we’ve been having in the Northeast or whether he scampered back to England and its floods.

  33. pru says:

    Would I? Of course!

    Since it’s Valentine’s Eve, shall we put a more passionate spin on ‘hit it’?

    With haste, rousing desires with silken touch, slowly building peaks and nerves aflame, a burning, trembling fulfillment sought; souring hot and shattered.

    (Yep, been reading poetry!)

  34. Poe says:

    I like his hair like this the best. Suits him very well. He has some of the most gorgeous eyes.