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For Love of Benedict: Cumberbitches Fan Club Dedicated to 'Sherlock' Star

by Beth Hanna
October 26, 2012 2:11 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC's hit series "Sherlock," is his own one-man Beatle. A fan club called "The Cumberbitches" has formed, comprised of 37,000 members and obsessively dedicated to, in their words, the "high-cheekboned, blue-eyed sex bomb."

Though Cumberbatch has been slowly rising to prominence  -- with supporting roles in 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse," the roles of the Necromancer and Smaug in the upcoming "Hobbit" films, and even a rumored villain part in "Bond 24" -- it's "Sherlock" that has boosted him into the heartthrob stratosphere. The show resituates the classic Conan Doyle character as a tech-whiz wise in the modern-elementary ways of texting and GPS. His ambiguous sexuality is also highlighted, especially opposite Martin Freeman's Watson in the first episodes of Season 1.   

The Cumberbitches have their own Twitter, Facebook page and multiple Tumblrs. The group has even reappropriated internet memes to fit their Cumberbatch love: For example, the hashtag "first world problem" is substituted with "Cumberbitch problem."

When asked about the specific appeal of Cumberbatch, bestselling author and Cumberbitch member Alexandra Sokoloff attributes it to the nerd factor, saying that Cumberbatch winningly doesn't share either "George Clooney's rugged handsomeness or Brad Pitt's chiseled features." (Despite the group's "high cheekboned" creed.) Also: the name. "We know what he must have gone through with that name, and now that he's come out of it, it's Revenge of the Nerds and Revenge of the Geeks."

Cumberbatch himself is aware of the Cumberbitches, and inclined to agree with Sokoloff's assessment: "I wish my 15-year-old [self] had known about my allure to the opposite sex!"

"Sherlock" Season 3 reportedly begins filming in early 2013. 


  • Estelle Burrows | March 8, 2013 4:44 AMReply


  • Estelle Burrows | February 14, 2013 3:34 AMReply

    Happy Valentines Day beautiful Ben xxxxx

  • Shelly | October 30, 2012 12:27 AMReply

    God bless Cumberbitches and Cumberbabes alike.

  • Lili | October 26, 2012 5:57 PMReply

    Nerd factor? LOL! Ms. Sokoloff must have not seen Mr. Cumberbatch's live performance in Danny Boyle's stage production Frankenstein, especially the first 15-minute opening sequence featuring the monster's birth; a stunning physical (no-dialogue) performance while he's completely naked stumbling around the stage as a new born. This viewer can confirm that in addition to his definitive talent, Mr. Cumberbatch also has a damn fine and buff body.
    BTW, he plays both Smaug, THE dragon of all dragons, and The Necromancer through mo-cap and voice-over in the Hobbit, and Peter Jackson just confirmed that Smaug will make a fleeting appearance in the first Hobbit film.

  • Alexandra Sokoloff | January 29, 2013 10:16 AM

    LIL - Oh, but I did. "Nerd factor" wasn't actually my phrase; I wouldn't have said it. "Byronic", maybe!

  • Beth Hanna | October 26, 2012 6:09 PM

    Thanks for the Smaug catch, Lili. I added.

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