“Some kind of inbreeding weirdness”: Marvel Star Benedict Cumberbatch Criticises Himself After Finding His Name on the “Hottie Lists” Ridiculous

Marvel Star Benedict Cumberbatch Criticises Himself After Finding His Name on the “Hottie Lists” Ridiculous
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Looks like Benedict Cumberbatch has not got the slightest idea of his hotness as the actor publicly criticized his face. Recently when BAFTA organized the “In Conversation” series, the Doctor Strange fame claimed that he finds it hard to believe that his face is attractive. Even though Cumberbatch has a massive number of admirers who never fail to raise a discussion on Sherlock anywhere they get a chance, the actor largely underestimates himself.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch

It can’t be denied that Benedict Cumberbatch has an amazing blend of good looks and acting skills. He has boasted some of the best performances in Hawking, Sherlock, The Imitation Game, and The Power of the Dog. The role of Doctor Strange in the MCU has also contributed to his international fame.

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Benedict Cumberbatch thinks his face is weird

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

During the “In Conversation” segment, when BAFTA collaborated with The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch was open to admitting his true thoughts on his face. According to the 47-year-old, he has got a weird face. The 1917 actor doesn’t believe his fans or the sources even a bit, who praise his face as one of Britain’s most good-looking men.

“It’s the blessing of having a weird face — somewhere between an otter and something people find vaguely attractive. Or just an otter which is vaguely attractive. In all seriousness, I grew up with this face and it’s been in the industry for 10 years and now it’s getting on these ‘Hottie’ lists.”

Benedict Cumberbatch even goes to the extent of criticizing his face as some kind of weirdness. Initially, he didn’t anticipate any hype or appreciation and thought his face and neck to be too long. The actor says that he can never agree to his face being attractive, rather, the performances do magic.

“It doesn’t make any sense because I was nowhere near the thousandth hottest face when I started out. So, I know a lot of it’s projection, which is flattering about the work. When I started out I said, ‘I know I’m not a typical beauty’, so basically I’ve got a long neck and a long face. That’s usually some kind of inbreeding weirdness.”

The Academy Award-nominated actor also shared a funny anecdote about how one of his English teachers claimed that his face resembled that of the English poet William Blake. Now even though he doesn’t feel his face is good, the fan base and the craze around him speak a lot about both his looks as well as acting skills.


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Benedict Cumberbatch’s mother also had the same feeling

Sherlock Holmes and Watson in the Sherlock series

Benedict Cumberbatch is not the only one who had doubts over his looks and strongly underestimated himself. Even his mother was doubtful when he helmed the role of the 221B Baker Street detective in the BBC series.

In an interview with Times Out (via Daily Mail), Cumberbatch’s Sherlock co-star Steven Moffat revealed that the star’s mother Wanda Ventham mimicked the same thoughts as his son. She didn’t think her son to be good-looking enough for the role of Sherlock Holmes.


“Benedict’s mum didn’t think he was good-looking enough to play Sherlock. Nobody did. He never thought of himself as good-looking and everyone casually agreed with him.”

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Similar to Cumberbatch’s statement, Steven Moffat also added that the actor still thinks it’s too ridiculous to think about him as a s*x symbol. However, no matter what the actor thinks about his looks, the fans are excited as there’s still a possibility of a fifth season to be released.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Daily Mail

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Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.