Why Ladies Love Benedict Cumberbatch

The Sherlock star's upcoming Hamlet production at the Barbican has become the most in-demand theatre ticket production of all time – with 214 per cent more searches than Beyoncé and Jay Z's On the Run tour, according to ticket marketplace, Viagogo. We take a look at what makes the ladies so totally obsessed with a very posh man who looks like an otter 

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Notwithstanding the blogs that comment on his uncanny likeness to an otter, Benedict ‘Sherlock / Stephen Hawking / Khan / Julian Assange’ (delete as applicable) Cumberbatch has developed a truly staggering female following.

The actor who was recently named “Sexiest Man in the World” inspires a level of devotion currently experienced only by One Direction and Justin Bieber. The difference being that his female fans (formerly known as the Cumberbitches) are not knicker-wetting teenyboppers but mature, intelligent and generally successful women, albeit still prone to bouts of screaming.

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Esquire Weekly put the call out to the Cumber-community (as these fans now prefer to be described), offering up five tickets to a screening of their man’s new film, the wikileaks thriller The Fifth Estate (out this Friday). The response was huge – (no shit Sherlock).

After enjoying Benedict’s latest performance, the five selected Cumber-ladies sat down with Esquire Weekly to explain what it is about the shoe-faced thespian that gets them going (in some cases, as far as Japan to greet him at the airport). They also suggested a few things we lesser mortals can learn from the great one. 

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The full and surprising story can be read in this week’s Esquire Weekly (iPad edition). In the meantime, here’s a brief clip from the video interview in which Naomi Roper, webmistress of one of the biggest Benedict Cumberbatch fan sites, describes a particularly memorable piece of fan mail sent to her on Benedict’s behalf. 

 

 


 

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