Benedict, who plays Julian Assange in new film The Fifth Estate, has previously spoken about becoming an unlikely pin-up, saying: "It puts a bit of a spring in your step. It's nice, you swagger a little bit, it's enjoyable.
"I've punched well above my weight this year... I find it hysterically funny... It's a giggle. I wield it with a massive smile."
The poll was conducted on www.empireonline.com.
Its editor James Dyer said: "It's a great result for British stars... this list also reflects the continuing popularity of superhero movies: six of the top 10 men have played superheroes and five of the top 10 women have appeared in comic-book movies."
An unorthodox job will bring in more money than expected. Instead of using this sum to buy a meaningless status symbol, put it towards something you really love. Taking an extended break will make your imagination soar. Friends may not appreciate your desire to exercise your imagination or share your thoughts. That's because they have totally different goals. That's perfectly fine; embrace your individuality. There's no point following someone else's star.More