Benedict Cumberbatch, one of the most sought after and lusted over actors this country has ever seen, has revealed that he finds it hard to find love, as people mistake him for Sherlock.
Cumberbatch, who has found unimaginable fame both sides of the pond since first appearing on our BBC screens as the infamous London detective, says that when he meets possible candidates they scare off as they either find him too posh, or too much like his alter ego, Sherlock Holmes.
Discussing his lack of luck with the ladies with GQ magazine, the delicious actor said that even Madonna found him odd the first time they met.
Cumberbatch explained to the magazine:
“‘It is harder [meeting women], because people think they know more about you than they actually do.
“And you can’t control that… you can’t control perceptions of you.”
On his meeting Madonna, he continued:
“She said, “You’re the one with the strange name”. I said, “Yes, I am, Madonna”.
On the subject of people’s perception of him, the actor who was named No5 in Glamour’s 100 Sexiest Men poll went on:
“All the posh-baiting that goes on… it’s so predictable, so domestic, so dumb.
“I’m an upper middle-class kid. I know that’s counted as posh, but then I know people who I would call posh, and I don’t talk like them”
Cumberbatch’s latest film, The Fifth Estate which tells the story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has received a lot of criticism, and was even named as the biggest flop of the year, but Benedict, who played Assange in the film, isn’t too upset by the comments, as he explained:
“Water off a duck’s back. I’m just thankful that it has positioned me as someone who is capable of doing that kind of role. And whether the film has a big box office or not, the response to how I have performed [as Assange] has done me huge favours. You know, it’s the first lead role I’ve had an it’s caused this much attention.
“I know that everything I do now will have flavours of ‘Sherlock’. Everyone wants those dark, complicated antiheroes, and of course I play then. But I also play Charles in ‘August: Osage County’, Ford in ’12 Years A Slave’ and Alexander in ‘Stuart: A Life Backwards’ – he’s a pretty open book; smart man though he is, the complexity is all about Stuart. Alexander’s an everyman; he’s not super-sleuthing or cracking code or breaking algorithms. I mix it up.”
Read the full interview in the January issue of GQ, on sale from Thursday.