Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch finds the term “Cumberb*****’s offensive and prefers Cumbercollective!

by Anna Howell

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

One of the many things that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is not short of (besides talent, job offers, charm and brilliance) is fans, but according to the great actor, he wishes their title wasn’t quite so offensive!

Benedict Cumberbatch was sky rocketed to unimaginable fame after taking the lead role in the hit BBC detective series Sherlock, back in 2010.

Bringing to life the great fictional detective and companion for this cleverly written modern day twist on the original novels of the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, proved to be more than just fruitful for both Cumberbatch and his co-star Martin Freeman, who have both had their pick of TV and film roles since, with production even stopping to fit in with their schedules they are so sought after.

So of course it is to be expected that with such a wide-spread adoration there would follow a group of tightly knitted enthusiasts who make it their mission to follow every step that the actor takes in an exercise of mass fandom – and so the Cumberb****** were created!

This group of fans eat, sleep and breathe Cumberbatch, making sure that every story, quote and picture of their hero meets their approval (and god help the person who gets anything wrong), and from what we can tell are quite proud of their status and title, especially when Cumberbatch himself has spoken of them to press on several occasions.


However, despite his apparent strong bond with his fans, Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he finds their name rather offensive, and prefers the new name some fans are using – Cumbercollective!

Discussing the situation with The Mirror the Star Trek: Into Darkness actor explained:

“Some of them have now called themselves the Cumbercollective. That’s a slightly less offensive noun.”


Meanwhile Sherlock show runner Steven Moffat has recently revealed that the hugely popular and award-winning BBC detective series would not be able to continue should Cumberbatch or Freeman ever leave, explaining at the recent Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

“That show could not continue without Benedict and Martin. It’s absolutely them. “Benedict and Martin have been announcing on various red carpets that they’re happy to come back and keep doing it. It would be quite nice to do it for a long, long time – let them age and become the normal aged Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.”

Good job they aren’t going anywhere then!

The third series of Sherlock is due to hit our screens sometime this winter; watch a promo for the season ahead in BBC drama which features the dynamic duo in action in the clip below: