He is currently starring as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series, Sherlock. Recently he graced the big screen as Khan in the second installment of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Into Darkness. He has also played Frankenstein, Stephen Hawking, and countless other roles.
Whether you are a member of the self-named Cumberbitches or not, one thing is for certain: Unless you have been living under a rock, you know who Benedict Cumberbatch is. Sure, you might call him Benefact Cumberbritches, or Bendesnatch Cumbersnootch, but you are aware of his existence.
While he may not be what most would consider a traditionally good looking man, his acting chops, charisma, and the loving and wonderful way that he treats his fans and the public in general is enough to make you fall in love with him ten times over.
However, for Benedict, his struggle with being viewed as a sex symbol is one that he doesn’t know how to rationalize. In a quote to the Daily Express, he comments on his sex symbol status. “It is all a bit overwhelming,” says Benedict. “It’s flattering to get that kind of response and those compliments but it’s certainly something I never anticipated. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and that people seem to have enjoyed what I’ve done but all this talk of being a sex symbol or a star is very alien to me.”
In a previous interview with John Hiscock of The Mirror, he elaborates on his reaction to his legion of female fans and how odd such a thing is to him. “Do I like being thought of as attractive? I don’t know anyone on Earth who doesn’t, but I do find it funny. I look in a mirror and I see all the faults I’ve lived with for 35 years and yet people go kind of nuts for certain things about me. It’s not me being humble. I just think it’s weird.”
No matter how Benedict feels about it, it looks as though his sex symbol status is safe and secure with the legions of fans that surround him and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.