Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch wishes his “15 year old self” knew about his sex appeal

Benedict Cumberbatch, who of course plays the title role in the BBC’s detective drama, Sherlock, has become something of a pin-up, and in an interview with Instyle magazine, he revealed that he wishes his fifteen year old self had been aware that he’s a babe magnet.

Modest Benedict has frequently stated that he doesn’t understand why he’s been voted as sexiest male on TV in several polls, but his Twitter followers have even created a group dedicated to worshipping all things Cumberbatch with @Cumberbitches!

Joking about the 30,000 followers of the fan club, Benedict said, “I wish my 15-year-old self had known about my allure to the opposite sex!

“It’s flattering, though I do worry about what it says for feminism, it’s quite a pejorative term. Cumberbabes might be better.”

And any one of those babes/bitches would surely love to be Benedict’s girlfriend, and as he’s single following his split from long term partner Olivia Poulet, he’s now very much on the market…

However, he revealed he’s not actually “desperate” to be in a relationship right now, but he doesn’t want to be single forever.

He said, “I have a sort of clock ticking. I’d really like to be a dad before I’m 40, but at the same time, I’m in this weird territory where people know me before I know them.”

And of course, with several projects on the go right now, he may well be too busy for love…

In addition to playing the role of a villain in the second Star Trek movie, he’s also starring as Smaug The Dragon in upcoming “mega-movie” The Hobbit.

Of those roles, Benedict said, “It’s an extrapolation of a performance into something other than an actor.

“But essentially [even though you’re in front of a green screen], you’re still doing a scene.”

And finally, of his forthcoming voice-role on The Simpsons, he explained, “I was at a meeting yesterday in the same place The Simpsons is recorded and heard there was a part going in an episode.

“I said, ‘I hate to muscle in here, guys, but could I record it?’

“Next thing, I’m standing in a room with all those famous voices: Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa…”

You can read the full interview in August’s issue of InStyle magazine.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.