Fans are keen to see Sherlock and his sidekick get it on

Benedict Cumberbatch enjoyed a tasty meal with pals in Venice, LA on Sunday evening.

The actor, 38, was snapped heading to restaurant Gjelina with two friends before making his way out with a female acquaintance.

Benedict looked casual in a short-sleeved blue shirt – which had a few buttons undone and a pair of sunglasses clipped onto it – and dark trousers.

His blonde companion was dressed in a long-sleeved white lace mini, paired with brown heels, a matching bag and a chic low-slung up-do.

Despite being pictured with a girl, Sherlock fans have someone else they’d like to see British star Benedict hook up with on-screen.

Sherlock’s creator Mark Gatiss has revealed that he’s often bombarded with graphic homosexual storyline ideas for Sherlock and his sidekick John Watson.

But Mark, 47, can’t blame fans for wanting the pair together as the chemistry between Sherlock and Watson – played by Martin Freeman – is intentional.

He and co-writer Stephen Moffatt took inspiration from 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes when penning the series, which sees Sherlock joke about being Watson’s lover.

‘Oh my God. I get sent things that would make your hair turn white. It’s not just Sherlock and Watson holding hands on a park bench, I can tell you that,’ Mark tells DNA.

‘Some of them are incredibly graphic but my goodness I’ve not tried half the things they’re doing.’

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