The Game Is On: 13 Reasons Why We Love Benedict Cumberbatch


We are sherlocked.

Calling all members of the Cumbercollective, it's time to gather our wits here. In what is possibly the most generous move ever, Benedict Cumberbatch recreated a famous scene from Pride and Prejudice for Cancer Research UK's Give Up Clothes For Good campaign (and is pretty much on a special campaign of his own to make our ovaries explode).

We have to agree that the shot of his bared chest IS very generous, indeed (don't worry, you'll see it below).

There's no denying that we're pretty stoked that we have another chance to see Cumberbatch grace our screens again. We know we're not the only ones who have Ben-addicted to this sexy Brit for quite some time now. From his witty sense of humor to his humble nature, it's hard to not fall for this incredibly accomplished (not to mention ridiculously talented) actor. The Star Trek Into Darkness star constantly expresses his aversion to being complimented on his dashing looks, joking in an interview with BAFTA New York that "It's the blessing of having a weird face — somewhere between an otter and something people find vaguely attractive….[My face] is getting on these 'Hottie Lists' and I just kind of go 'what?'"

Um, Mr. Cumberbatch, we're going to have to respectfully agree to disagree. In fact, we can give you twelve reasons why all of the boys and girls have fallen for your "weird face" and boyish charm.

Anglophiles, get ready to swoon.

1. Our number one reason? This photo of him as the swoon-worthy Mr. Darcy for charity.

We just love to support a good cause.

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2. Because he is a feminist! The Sherlock star always make it a point to voice his disapproval of his fans calling themselves the "Cumberbitches". A man who respects women and isn't afraid to show it? Be still, our beating hearts.

3. Because he is practically the poster child for the 'Brainy is the new sexy' campaign.

4. His devious (delectable) grin...and those cheekbones.

5. His naughty sense of humor and the fact that he doesn't take himself too seriously. Jimmy Fallon vs. Benedict Cumberbatch in an Alan Rickman-off, anyone?

Photobombing at the Oscars? Expert level. Our reigning photobomb queen Jennifer Lawrence may have met her match.

6. His deep voice and accent that some don't know whether to be scared of or turned on by. We feel your pain, guys.


7. His epic bromance with Michael Fassbender...

...and Tom Hardy...

...and Tom Hiddleston (having a ridiculous amount of swoon-worthy friends should be against the law)...

...and Martin Freeman...

...and David Tennant...

...and Matt Smith. *faints at the thought of WhoLock*

8. His rad dance skills.

Smooth moves, Ben.

Turn down for what?

9. His philanthropic work involving the arts and his support for LGBT rights (he officiated the wedding of two of his close male friends in July 2013). You go, Glen Coco.

10. His impeccable taste in fashion — Even fashion goddess Anna Wintour agrees that this dapper gentleman's style game is on point!

11. His down to earth personality. These photos of him having lunch with Dakota Johnson incognito a la napkin are too precious.

12. He loves his fans — And we love him right back!

13. This deleted shower scene from Star Trek Into Darkness. You're welcome.

What other reasons do you have for loving this brilliant man?

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