Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds will have ‘tousled hair’


Yay! The London branch of Madame Tussauds is finally doing a wax figure of somebody we actually want to see! Benedict Cumberbatch!! YAY! And what’s even better is that Benedict actually agreed to it and he sat down with Madame Tussauds’ band of wax-figure-makers so that they could do all of the measurements and such – you can see the photos here.

Benedict Cumberbatch is to be immortalised in wax after Madame Tussauds revealed that the Sherlock actor has already posed for two sittings for its sculptors. The museum said the waxwork will show the actor looking impeccably groomed in a stylish dark suit.

Madame Tussauds said his “immaculate red carpet style will be paired with a warm and relaxed expression, and his famous tousled hairstyle”.

Work on the figure is already well underway, and the Cumberbatch has been heavily involved with the creation process. Cumberbatch has given two sittings for Madame Tussauds studios team, during which hundreds of precise measurements and numerous photographs were captured to be used by the sculptors and artists.

“Finally I can photobomb myself!” joked Cumberbatch. “What a weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax. I’ve been accused of being wooden in my work but never waxy! The main privilege for me was the process and seeing the amount of exacting work and skill brought to every detail of this art form. It is a wonderful combination of old and new, hi-tech and lo-fi skills. Measurements, hand inserted individual hairs and sculpted features. As a subject, you stand still surrounded by sculptors, painters, photographers, measurers and a whole army of people who bring together your likeness… it’s an extraordinary experience. Also my agents will be thrilled, they’ve wanted a clone of me for some time!” added Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch’s figure will be the latest British star to join the attraction’s A-list line up, and will take up residence in October, alongside fellow Brits Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, as well as a host of Hollywood names from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp.

[From The Telegraph]

I can only imagine how weird Benedict’s facial proportions are. He has a very long face, or at least that’s how it seems to me. Wax figures are such a curious thing and while I think a lot depends on the figure-makers getting the measurements right, I also think that some people just don’t have the kind of faces that “translate” well into wax. Angelina Jolie’s wax figures always look weird, you know? Her last one looked like Jennifer Aniston. But I have high hopes for Benedict’s wax figure. Will he be “auburn”? Will the auburn dong muff match the drapes? So many questions.

Update: Here’s the newly released trailer for The Imitation Game. It makes me want to cry!!!


Photos courtesy of Madame Tussauds.

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  1. Kiddo says:

    But will it be wearing jorts? HEY, there’s a random eyeball in the photo. What has Aniston been up to?

  2. TheOriginalKitten says:

    They’ll save money on the wax chin for sure.

  3. Lindy79 says:

    Are they also making one of his secret girlfriend?
    I need a job in Tussauds doing the crotch and arse measurements.
    Its ok to just use your hands and/or mouth ..right?

    • MissMary says:

      LMAO because I said the same thing (well similar) to one of my friends this morning when I read about this.

    • granny says:

      Yeah, I’m probably the only nutter imagining that having not been photographed out partying on his birthday is proof that he was celebrating with friends, family and secret girlfriend in private…. Because he doesn’t need privacy and there is nothing more important I could be thinking about. Ugh. I mean, I want the guy to be happy. But is it weird that a girlfriend makes fantasizing about him more difficult? (Don’t worry; they say I don’t need medication.)

      • Lindy79 says:

        Maybe he let her out of the trunk for the day so give him his present and handmade felt card. Hope he had a nice birthday full of cardigans and whiskey, the loveable old fart.

        All jokes aside, I really doubt there is a “girlfriend”. He’s seen a lot, especially when he’s home in London (which if she has her own career and life is where you’d expect them to be seen together rather than on location when he’s working) there are constant twitter spots so if he was with someone you’d like to think she’d be seen out with him at least once in a coupley scenario, if not they have the oddest relationship.

        That and when the story came out, it would have been the perfect time for them to be seen out, job done.

      • Nic says:

        It may seem like his every move is documented on twitter, but it’s not. Just because he often can’t escape the selfish and indiscreet social networking army, that doesn’t mean he never does – far from it.
        Thankfully he’s very often able to do his own thing in privacy and that doesn’t mean he has to be in a cave to do so.

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        There any articles about what(or who) BC did for his birthday?Did he hit the dancefloor with posh totty..or get stinking drunk with another hot bod?Come on my lovelies…dish the dirt!

      • GeeMoney says:

        Dude… no one is THAT stealthy, especially an actor when it comes to hiding a gf. Come on. What is she, a GHOST?

        And his movements are well tracked. And it’s a shame how much so. He has my sympathy.

      • granny says:

        I know GeeMoney. I feel guilty (guilty face). Thanks for keeping hope alive, Lindy! (?) I’ll try to redeem myself by talking about “the work.” This looks like an Oscar contender for me. Even though the ceremony would be a good time to unveil any girlfriend, I hope he takes his parents. And (my broken heart aside) I do hope he finds Mrs. Cumberbatch and the Cumberbabies.

      • jammypants says:

        It’s a good thing at least his neighbors aren’t tweeting his every single move in his home anymore.

      • MissMary says:

        @Kazlock: All I’ve seen is one pic someone twitted (twittered? tweeted? Posted on twitter…) of him walking on his bday, obviously going into or coming out of somewhere by the looks of things. *shrug* No big.

        Re the “secret gf”–I’m totally on the side of “he’s single/has FWBs” because that man is seen *everywhere* and yeah he may have times when he’s NOT spotted (and subsequently posted on social media), but the times he IS are definitely times when you’d think the man would have a SO with him–premieres, parties, outings, etc. Unless she lives in his closet and only comes out at night when no one can see and is totally down with being never by his side ever, I say the guy is single and enjoying it still, or casually screwing around in a consensual way with others who aren’t up for LTRs but like to get laid.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Yeah stuff the girlfriend. I want to see Wanda and Timothy rock the red carpets.

      • Nic says:


        Why should there be articles on what he did for his birthday? Apart from that weird week in Boston, there isn’t a press release every time he enters a restaurant/pub.
        And I might be in the minority in here, but the last thing I’d want to see is anyone ‘dishing the dirt’ when/if he does have a GF. His privacy is obviously so important to him and if must be terrible to have the world know your business. It’s creepy and invasive and he shouldn’t have to endure it.

      • MissMary says:

        @Nic: I think it was kind of expected by some people because, last year, the paps were all over him on his bday weekend thanks to a certain Russian “ex ballerina/model/newly minted actress” so there was a lot of “what’s Benny doing for his bday”. Most years, it’s not even a blip on the gossip radar.

        Re the Oscars: I will stage a formal protest if he doesnt’ take his parents! (Okay, I mean, the dude can take whoever he wants, lol, but it’d be awesome if he took his folks, esp after how much he praises them in interviews and credits them with the actor and person he’s become).

      • granny says:

        Meh. I’m officially a stalker and pot stirrer. Checking out Ferdinand Kingsley’s twitter, he and Loo are, at the very least, in a fight. Really weird passive aggressive anti-feminist tweets lately. He and Loo are seated right next to each other in a pic with there arms around the people next to them. But they aren’t touching each other at all. Very unnatural pose, even for friends. Is it me or does she excessively publicly fawn over Benedict more than her own “boyfriend?” I like her as Molly and think she sounds intelligent, but her public persona’s pretty annoying. I don’t buy that “awkward, shaking mouse girl, yet strong feminist” thing she’s trying to sell. I’d be bummed if B was tapping that.

      • Felice says:

        I looked at his twitter after you posted this and saw the “Dumb Womans Lane” picture. That made me raise my eyebrow a little. But I would think Loo has a sense of humor. I don’t buy the shaking mouse thing either.

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        @Nic..I apologise if I offended anyone.The ‘dishing the dirt’ was meant in jest.Perhaps I need to learn not to post what I think as soon as I think it.
        Loo and Ferdy seem to have a sarcastic relationship,maybe just how it works for them.Her Twitter yesterday mentions meeting Adam Ackland and others over the weekend.And wishes them a safe trip back to London.Is she still filming Ripper Street in Ireland?…..

      • Nic says:

        No need for you to apologise. I didn’t mean to single you out, just speaking generally, really.

      • Green Girl says:

        @MissMary – I’m with you on this. I was also thinking that if he is meeting up with someone for a date, why hasn’t anyone else who is at these parties, restaurants or bars shared the details? I can see a staff member not talking (because they would very likely lose their job if they did), but I’m surprised you don’t see someone gossiping on Twitter.

        I hope he takes at least one of his parents to the Oscars if he’s nominated, too! If he’s going to the Emmys, I wonder who he’ll take.

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        After reading the tweets from Loo I have a theory
        Ferdy is a smoke screen to cover her love affair with BC…
        Sherlolly! Forever!!!?!

      • granny says:

        @Kazlock Lolz – I deserved that ;-)

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        Re reading Loo’s tweets it seems to hint that she met Adam Ackland and others over the weekend. She’s been filming in Ireland for a while(Ripper Street).BC was supposedly spotted somewhere there on his birthday.
        Wonder if they partied?
        ( Still hoping that they’ll declare their undying love for one another.)

      • Granny says:

        @Kazlock Blech! Yuck! (Sorry, I know you “ship” it.) I found the tweets you are talking about, but I didn’t see them initially. She must have erased it and we found the cache? Ewwwww. She’s just so annoying. I mean I can see B going for a total Sloaney or a brainy feminist. And I totally admire people speaking their minds, but her delivery is annoying. I wish he’d find a balance between the Sloane girl and the hardcore feminist. How do you know that he was spotted in Ireland?

      • Granny says:

        Oh never mind, I guess my old @$$ finally learned how to use Twitter. It’s still there. And if it gives you hope, some friend of hers named Matt sent her a tweet about how Rory McIlroy’s form has improved since he and his fiancee split up because golf requires strong wrists. To which Loo gave a lukewarm response and Matt said, “every cloud” (has a silver lining????). And Ferdy was on a job down South while she apparently was celebrating with B and Adam’s family.

        It’s irrational, but maybe I chafe at the idea of B settling down with an actress? Even though they would understand each other? Lawd, what happened to my maturity?

        But yeah, how do you know B was in Ireland?

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        Someone mentioned it on here I think.Not sure if it was this thread or one of the others.One of the other social networks mentioned it to.
        But I did wonder if they were getting BC mixed up with Hiddles. Loo seems very opinionated on many things.
        Although I ship them,I somehow pictured BC with someone non famous.We shall have to wait and see.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Hold the phone….they’re making a series 3 of Ripper Street?? I thought it was cancelled? Yay!
        Series 2 was a bit of a mess but it’s still enjoyable tv.

        I can confirm he was in Ireland over the weekend. Ireland is my real name

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        @ Lindy 79.Series 3 is being made by Amazon and BBC Worldwide.Loo is playing a doctor.

      • Granny says:

        @Lindy Haha! Glad to get confirmation from Ireland herself.

  4. kri says:

    Gasp! I love it. It will be an interesting process, as he is quite unusual looking. I’m very curious to see that result. They are going to either get it very wrong and scare the hell out of everyone, or it’ll be perfect. No middle ground with that face. And also…BC LOVES to talk, but he knows how to do it and be entertaining. Rent another stadium, have any seat you want and take copious notes, Blowfish Kardashian West.

    • Green Girl says:

      Agreed, Kri! I hope they have their best, best, best artists on this one. I am both eager and scared to see the results. I think that’s true of just about every wax figure, really. It’s either an eerie copy or it leaves people scratching their heads and saying “Uh, this looks nothing like the person.”

      Oh, and I hope they are ready to fix up that statue I am also glad they decided not to immortalize him in JORTS.

  5. GeeMoney says:

    D’oh! It won’t be on display in time for when I take my vacation to London! I guess I’ll just have to settle for tracking him down in person, lol.

    Congrats to him, though.

  6. Tiffany says:

    You know what this means…Tommy is next. YAY!!!!

  7. maybeiamcrazy says:

    I thought he was a wax figure in the first photo. Damn, he is such a unique looking guy.

  8. lisa2 says:

    I just saw a bust of Angie from Maleficent Makeup feature. It was amazing. the reason the waxes of Angie and Brad are never good is because they have never gone in to be measured for any of them. So the wax figures are based on assessments and not actual measurements. So they never turn out great EVER.

    Looking at Ben being measured will insure it is an accurate likeness.

  9. Sixer says:

    Madame Tussaud’s is the most unbelievably boring tourist attraction in London. Why people go there is just beyond me. There’s not even a proper planetarium any more.

    Jus’ sayin’.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I was there as a young Lindy79 and thought the dungeon bit was cool…
      That says a lot about me as a child doesn’t it?

      • sigh((s)) says:

        The Dungeon part was great! Though the London Dungeon is probably better. You can get some really awesome pictures though. I have one with Martina Navritrilova (sp?) and we both have red eye. It spooked me a bit.

    • Ponytail says:

      Oh, I KNOW. I had to go there so many times as a kid, as none of my family are British so every time they came to visit, off we went to Madame Tussaud’s. I finally gave up the ghost about ten years back – it’s hot, it’s crowded, it’s really expensive and it’s not even very Londonish.
      I miss the Planetarium…

    • Sixer says:

      @ Lindy Yes, but you’ve got Clink Street and the London Dungeon for all that!

      As a child, I used to like feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square better than anything else. My father used to moan like crazy about encouraging vermin, but I was never put off!

      @ Ponytail – I feel your pain. Our rellies were similar. WHY is it the top of everyone’s list? It’s beyond me.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Oh I LOVED feeding the pigeons whenever we were in Trafalgar! Was genuinely sad when I read they were stopping that.

        *sings Feed the Birds*

      • sigh((s)) says:

        My husband was freaked out by all the pigeons. He really took all those “flying rat” signs around to heart.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        When I was two, my brother dumped a handful of birdseed on my head whilst we were at Trafalgar Square. Is it any wonder I’ve never been able to watch Hitchcock’s The Birds?

    • jammypants says:

      and painfully overpriced

    • Innie Outie says:

      Couldn’t agree more, I never go to ANY wax figure museums wherever I travel.

      Still, pretty cool for Cumby I guess! I can also bet his figure will not be standing in proud solitude :P

    • Camil says:

      Girls, the next year I’m going to travel to London but I’m not interested in wax figures LOL. Could you recommend me some places to visit? is it difficult to get ticket for theatre?

      • Dara says:

        Camil – so excited for you! Been hoping to get back to London for years but can never seem to manage it. Aside from the usual attractions, I really enjoyed taking one of the boat tours down to Greenwich – London is a different city if you see it from the river. If you are there in the summer or early fall, a traditional production at Shakespeare’s Globe would be at the top of my list (but I’m into that sort of thing). I’m not sure how difficult tickets for West End shows are to get these days, but if you know your dates ahead of time, purchasing in advance should help.

      • Old Enough says:

        Hi Camil, I don’t know when you are going but it might be worth signing up for some email listings for shows, some of them offer significant discounts. whatsonstage , lovetheatre, are 2 general purpose ones, also some of the individual theatre owners, like Ambassador Theatre Group, Nimax and Delfont McIntosh.
        In addition, the National Theatre has good shows at subsidized prices compared to West End Prices. Hamlet is going on sale in a week or so for next year. Even though people are frothing at the mouth, there will undoubtedly be tickets available closer to the time, they also have discounted tickets on sale in Leicester Square if you want to just buy tickets on the day.

      • Camil says:

        @Dara and @Old Enough

        Thank you very much! I’m going to London on july 2015. I already took note of your recommendations and I will ask information of the next year theatre season :D

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      Wax figures creep me out. I was miserable when we visited Madan Tussauds. We spent hours there because my little brother loved the figures.

    • Adrien says:

      I enjoy looking at the historical figures. But yeah, it’s boring.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Proud to say that I have never been there. My parents took me to a wax museum somewhere as a child and I found it boring and creepy. Having my teeth cleaned is more exciting. Refused to go near the place when a friend wanted to visit. London has far more interesting things to do.

      • Lindy79 says:

        every city pretty much does, it shocks me seeing the queues outside the one in NY anytime I’m there…you’re in New York people, why would you go there??

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Sorry, I said same thing you did. Need to read more carefully.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Have only ever been to the one in New York, and only went to humor nephews, but spent entire (endless!) time trying to decide if I was mored bored than creeped out or vice versa. And thinking to self would rather be having teeth cleaned. Or clipping cat’s nails. Or raking leaves. All things I hate.

    • 'P'enny says:

      the best bit was the horror section, the prisons and the references to the French Revolution. That, what she was really about, creating face masks of beheaded people, and not this glorified celeb statue nonsense.

  10. Lindy79 says:

    There’s a longer US trailer too. It makes more reference to his sexuality.
    I’m biased as hell but I think it looks great!

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      The trailer looks amazing. I can’t wait.

    • MissMary says:

      I am honestly so excited for this movie, even though I know I’ll bawl like a baby. I’ve long admired Turing and I think, given BC’s apparent passion for the project and Turing’s story, this may come out very well.

      • Encumbered says:

        Right there with you, @MissMary! As exciting as it is to see BC in this project (and he is going to be stunning), it is important to not lose sight of the unsung hero he is portraying. This film will be an incredible tribute to Turing and BC the perfect “vehicle” for bringing him to life. At long last….

    • Innie Outie says:

      I have seen both trailers and I really loved them! Based on the previously released bits and pieces, I thought that TIG looked way to much like Tinker, Tailor – almost too derivative – but these trailers changed my mind, and it’s great! Looking forward to seeing it at the cinema theatre.

      • jammypants says:

        It looks less boring than TTSP. I actually want to go see it.

      • sigh((s)) says:

        Lol jammy. Me too.

      • Innie Outie says:

        Oh so I’m not the only one who’s not particularly impressed with TTSS? Good to know :P I love that film’s style, music is excellent and atmosphere is kept beautifully throughout, BUT the plot and the whole intrigue are underwhelming imo. I basically guessed from the very beginning who the mole was. It was almost like “Is there ANY point in this film besides the recreation of Cold War period?” Also, I felt that the film’s hints at homosexual relationships were somehow… extraneous? Heavy-handed? Especially the Prideaux/Haydon relationship. I thought it turned out almost cheesy =/

  11. jammypants says:

    I can’t get over how much he looks like The Sandman in that last pic.

  12. sandra says:

    Cute! :)

  13. EscapedConvent says:

    I like the description given of the waxy Cumby, but how realistic can it be if it’s not wearing a chambray shirt, maroon jeans, and a flat cap?

    Also, if they can make one clone, they can make one for every one of us cumberbitches. Start cranking out those Cumbies, Madame Tussaud.

  14. Katie says:

    But will the wax figure have purple jorts and an inexplicable amount of layered clothing?

    The Imitation Game looks great; US trailer is better though. I swear Studio Canal always has the vaguest trailers.

    US one:

  15. Camil says:

    Well I have to admit Keira looks great because sometimes she seems to play the same character in every movie or at least I have that feeling xD

    • MissMary says:

      I have that feeling, too, tbh. She’s a lovely woman but she seems very one note in her acting.

    • Green Girl says:

      Yep, agreed!

      • Greata says:

        Have to agree but she seems to have stepped her game up a bit based on this trailer. Not a Cumberbitch myself…but dude gives a damm fine performance here.

  16. Joanie says:

    Should we start a betting pool for how long Waxybatch lasts before he’s stolen?

  17. Innie Outie says:

    Also – instead of capturing Cumby in “red carpet style” I wish Mme Tussauds paid homage to the I Am Very British cardigan.

  18. Lila says:

    Somewhere, Jennifer Aniston is getting the hots for that eyeball.

  19. Nancypie says:

    If You had one day to Spend in London, would you go to Madame Toussauds? It wasn’t on my list, but this post got me thinking. It must be kind of a big deal place to have all those people posing?

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      If I were you, I wouldn’t. Heck, even if I went for a week, i still wouldn’t. London is such a beautiful city with many historical and cultural places to visit. Madam Tussauds is just a waste of time(IMO).

    • Maria of MD says:

      Naw, go to the British Museum or the National Gallery: they’re both free too.

  20. Mike says:

    From Award Watch about TIG

    Dirk Diggler:

    Someone who saw the film (and is gay) said this:

    Because his character is extremely deep and his gayness in the movie is something that he carries with him and not something that defines him. As a gay person I find that gratifying. There is also a flashback plot line dealing with his homosexuality.

  21. Janet says:

    Tousled hair, slick hair or no hair, he still looks like a cucumber wearing a wig.

  22. Giggles says:

    I don’t get his appeal at all. Fugly.

  23. Maria of MD says:

    Went to Tussauds once back in the nineties. It was interesting to some degree, mostly because they still had some of their truly old figures on view: Madame du Barry as Sleeping Beauty (amazing), and the heads copied during the French Revolution.
    That said, years ago, I watched an interesting documentary about the work that goes into a wax figure: they showed the artisans working on versions of Morgan Freeman and an Olympic skater whose name escapes me now, but her pose was interesting.

  24. 'P'enny says:

    he’s borrowed Tom’s cardy! or bought one similar. I am now convinced the two of them are swapping clothes. Tom turns up on set in blue shirts/grey trousers and hideous white shoes and now [cue Benny's Paris fashion] Now, Benny wears a horrible cardigan with a cowl neck thing going on. Seriously, they have a fashion pact going on. They are laughing at us! :-)

  25. pretzel says:

    I was going to put it as eloquently as possible, but halfway through my brain short circuited. So here goes: Dang! He looks hot!!