Benedict is currently single

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed his desire to start a family.

The single Sherlock star says he’s wanted children for years but plans to be in a serious relationship before he becomes a father.

‘I’ve been broody since I was 12, but I can’t just get anyone pregnant, it has got to be the right person,’ says Benedict, 36.

‘I mean there are always moments and meetings and chance encounters. But to make meaningful relationships is very hard at the moment.’

Benedict has been a bachelor since he split from The Thick Of It actress Olivia Poulet after more than 10 years together in 2011 – but he isn’t short of female attention.

Since he began starring as detective Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC series he’s gained a legion of adoring fans who call themselves the Cumberbitches.

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

‘I’m 36 and I’ve been looking at this same old mush all my life.’

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