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Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't understand sex symbol status

Published 09/05/2016

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is embarrassed when photographers focus on him.

Benedict Cumberbatch is amazed by his legions of female fans because he doesn't rate his looks.

The Sherlock actor's quirky appearance hasn't stopped him landing on sexiest men lists and scoring an army of female followers, who have themselves "Cumberb**ches", but he doesn't understand their attraction to him.

However, Benedict feels lucky that his non-traditional leading man looks haven't hindered his career and he isn't concerned with how he appears onscreen.

"I’ve had a career that’s not dependent on the way I look - but that is a great liberation for an actor, so I’m not really that vain about it," he told Britain's Culture magazine. "As myself, of course, I get a bit of, like ‘Oh God, I look like s**t’, but as an actor I’ve never, ever cared.”

Benedict, 39, still doesn't understand why photographers would choose to take multiple pictures of him at events, and is glad that his wife Sophie Hunter deflects the focus away from him.

He recalls when they attended a talk in London with U.S. President Barack Obama in April (16) and Benedict felt humiliated by the attention he received outside the event.

"We were right beside the press pack, and there were people there with telephoto lenses," he said. "When they realised that Barack was going to be another five minutes, the whole lot just went wumph, onto me, onto the side of my face...

"I was just like, 'How many times can you take a photo of a not particularly attractive profile - again and again.' I mean, thank God Sophie was there, so that kind of drew the eye of the photographs, as it always should. But it was just embarrassing."

Benedict's looks were previously brought up during the Mean Tweets segment of U.S. show Jimmy Kimmel Live! in September (15). He read a post in which a user wrote they didn't understand why people are attracted to him because he resembles a "cats anus (sic)".

He jokingly replied, "Well someone did (find me attractive), and she put a ring on it,” holding up his ring finger.

He married Sophie in February, 2015 and they have an 11-month-old son named Christopher.

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