Benedict came out top in a recent reader poll conducted by The Sun newspaper of the world’s sexiest men – beating off competition from all the members of hit boy band One Direction – but bashful Benedict told the paper, “I don’t know about being the sexiest man in the world…
“I am barely the sexiest man in my flat and I’m the only guy living there.”
He added, “It makes me laugh because I see all the faults — I have spent 35 years of my life with myself.
“But I am very flattered. I don’t know how else to take it but to be flattered and giggle.”
He added, “I’ve wanted to play roles that have gone to better-looking people…”
Benedict, who was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes at the Baftas, said of the awards ceremony, “It is enormously exciting to be here. It is a hot day and there is hot competition.
“Thankfully I am not a competitive person — you have to be a little bit for acting roles but you try to kid yourself they are not competition, otherwise it drives you mad.”
And finally, when asked if he still enjoys playing Sherlock, he said, “It’s extraordinary. We made it with confidence.
“It has exponentially grown, and considering we only have six episodes it’s amazing how iconic it has become.
“We love filming Sherlock and the expectations are high so we have to keep working. That’s a lovely feeling for us.
“He will develop, it will develop, and we will keep trying to outdo our last efforts.”
At the awards, Sherlock landed the Best Supporting Actor award for Andrew Scott who plays the evil Moriarty.