Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch lands Simpsons role – wants female fans known as ‘Cumberbabes’

Benedict Cumberbatch truly is a man of the moment.

Not only will he soon be returning to the role of Sherlock Holmes, in the third series of the hit BBC drama, but the 35 year old actor is also involved in at least three major Hollywood movies which are in various stages of pre or post production.

On top of all this – and we wonder how he finds the time – it has been confirmed today that the British star had landed a guest starring role in The Simpsons.

The new career development came about, after a chance meeting which occurred in the building in which the animated show is produced.

Cumberbatch admitted that when he heard The Simpsons was being recorded on the premises, he insisted on having a nosey and ended up taking part in one of the episodes.

‘I heard there was a part going in an episode,’ Cumberbatch said. ‘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.’

Sounds pretty amazing! There have been no details yet on what the role is, but we expect that news to break by the end of the summer.

Benedict follows a long line of famous faces that have previously shown up in Springfield, including Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, Gordon Ramsay and Russell Brand.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has been speaking out about his new sex symbol status.

The ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ star spoke specifically about a fan Twitter account named @Cumberb***hes, which has 26,000 followers and admitted that he wishes he had known he would be so popular when he was a young, gangly teenager.

“I wish my 15-year-old self had known about my allure to the opposite sex,” he told British magazine InStyle. “It’s flattering, though I worry about what it says for feminism, it’s quite a pejorative term? Cumberbabes might be better.”

We quite like Cumberbabes….what do you think? Leave your comments below…


  1. MyrtleMartha on July 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I believe that Benedict is an intelligent, well-educated, and well-meaning person. As such, he might ask himself if he should be worried for what it means for feminism when a man tries to dictate to 26,000 women what name they should use for themselves.

    For example, “Babe” is a term often identified with external approval (As Urban Dictionary puts it, “… it gives encouragement to the person you are calling that, it tells them that you consider them cute and with a sort of ownership.”) The other word is a term nowadays often identified by women with internal approval, independence, defiance, and self-choice (Easy reference: “Third-Wave Feminism” from Wikipedia, or just Lady Gaga’s using the term to describe herself).

    Feminism isn’t about a list of OK and not-OK terms, particularly not a list kept by a man who then corrects women when they don’t follow his chosen definitions. It’s about recognizing that every woman is first and foremost a person, and therefore entitled to identify herself in her own way.

    Benedict’s power over his younger fans is already being exemplified by girls on Tumblr saying they should change their name to Cumberbabes, not because it’s what they independently chose for themselves, but because Ben wants it that way and they want to please him. I would hope he could see that this isn’t the encouragement of feminism that he was hoping for.  

  2. Wynne on July 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I would suspect that at least part of his objection to “Cumberbitches” might have to do with the fact that it’s his actual name being used without his permission for a Twitter account, and his last name used for the “play on words” fan club name, thus implying support for a pejorative he doesn’t happen to like. If he was quoted correctly in this interview, he isn’t “dictating” anything to anyone, merely expressing his opinion, to which he has every right.

    As a feminist myself, I would never refer to myself as a bitch — in any context. I have far too much self-respect. I’d like to think those women wanting to be known as “Cumberbabes” rather than “Cumberbitches” are exhibiting their respect for the actor by honoring his opinion.

  3. Abril on July 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    @MyrtleMartha: you said it perfectly.

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