Surprised sex symbol Benedict Cumberbatch

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 October 2010
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

'Sherlock Holmes' actor Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted he finds it bizarre that he has suddenly become a sex symbol since stepping into the role of the fictional detective

Benedict Cumberbatch is surprised that playing Sherlock Holmes has made him a sex symbol.

The 'Sherlock' actor admitted he finds it bizarre that he has suddenly become the focus of female attention since taking on the role of the fictional detective in the BBC One drama.

He said: "What's so funny is that Holmes is asexual. So when you think that he's an asexual sociopath who's pretty dismissive of relationships, it's extraordinary to become a sex symbol playing him. It must be that treat-then-mean, keep-them-keen thing."

The 34-year-old actor also revealed he loved working with his girlfriend Olivia Poulet when she guest starred on the first season of the acclaimed series but explained how he played a cruel joke on one of the crew members on set.

He said: "It was great working with her. I played a rotten gag on a member of the crew who'd forgotten she was my girlfriend- I pretended to come on to her. When I told him the truth, he said, "I thought a lot less of you because you had talked about how you loved Olivia and then you were chatting up that bird."

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