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Cumberbatch ponders baby names

Benedict Cumberbatch has been getting some tips from Ellen DeGeneres on what he can name his firstborn child.

The Sherlock heartthrob, whose fiancee Sophie Hunter is expecting their baby, mulled over some potential names for his offspring when he appeared on the talk show host's programme.

Ellen had already tweeted some suggestions, and put them to Benedict in person, warning him: "Because of your last name, Cumberbatch you have to be careful with the first name."

She went on: "So Ingelburg is one name I came up with. Ingelburg Cumberbatch."

When the actor just replied "Yeah", Ellen pressed on and suggested Harpsichord, saying it would work for a boy or a girl, as the couple do not yet know the gender of their baby. "It could," agreed Benedict. "It's a unisex instrument."

Ellen also suggested Carl and Glockenspiel, and the star replied: "Definitely a boy, definitely a boy. German boy in Lederhosen maybe, but a boy."

Benedict also opened up to Ellen about not being that comfortable with the name his fans have given themselves, explaining that he didn't pick out the title "Cumberb*****s" for his army of devoted followers.

Asked by Ellen what his fans called themselves, Benedict told her the name then went on: "It's like squeezing a confession out of me to actually say that word. I kind of squirm a little bit about it."

When Ellen pointed out that the fans named themselves, the actor explained: "They did, I definitely didn't. That's part of my problem. I just went, ladies, this is wonderful, I'm very flattered, but has this not set feminism back a little bit? Empower yourselves if you're going to get silly about a guy with maybe a little bit more of a sort of you know a high-regard, self regard thing."

Benedict went on: "But yeah, they were very sweet. They wrote back and were like well, we didn't mean any harm to feminism, we're just having a little bit of fun with your name."

Benedict also discussed his photobomb at the Golden Globes, where he sneaked up behind Meryl Streep, who was posing for a photo with Margaret Cho dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The Imitation Game star, who famously photobombed U2 at the Oscars last year, said: "But somebody asked, for the record and I said 'No, that's never going to happen again. That was a one off thing.'

"And then Meryl Streep and someone from North Korea stood right in front of me for about five minutes trying to take a photograph. This is ridiculous; I just jumped up into the camera. This is shameless."

He joked of the snap: "It's not me. It's just a cardboard cut-out of me that people carry around and..."

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