Sherlock star doesn't think he's a worthy sex symbol

Benedict Cumberbatch is baffled by his status as a sex symbol.

The Sherlock star might have a fan army of Cumberbitches/Cumberladies/Cumbercuties but he doesn’t think he’s anything special – he’s even compared his looks to champion Irish racehorse Shergar.

‘When I’m told of my sex symbol status and all that nonsense I find it laughable, silly,’ says Benedict.

‘I mean, I’m 36 and I’ve been looking at this same old mush all my life. But it’s to be enjoyed.

‘It seems girls are really going for my Shergar look.’

Benedict admits that he’s still trying to get used to all the attention he’s receiving.

‘It’s all gone a little bit vertiginous recently,’ the actor tells the Daily Mirror.

‘Fame is a weird one. People see a value in you that you don’t see yourself.’

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Anna Francis