Sex symbol Benedict finds the attention 'hysterical'

Benedict Cumberbatch might find being a sex symbol quite strange but he’s definitely not complaining about it.

The Sherlock star, who has been voted The Sun’s Sexiest Man for two years running, admits that he’s equally flattered and baffled by the attention.

‘I’m still processing this strange misperception,’ says Benedict, 36.

‘I suppose I’ll have to find a way to deal with the strain. I enjoy being considered handsome, even though I think it’s hysterical.’

Benedict, who stars in Star Trek Into Darkness, is happy to be a heartthrob so long as it helps him to get more roles.

‘Work-wise, it builds a momentum, which means I’ve got the most fantastic opportunities,’ the actor tells The Sun.

‘Or at least, doors open to prove myself at the next level, and that attention has been a huge help. As long as it helps me find good roles, my response is, “Bring it on!”‘

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Anna Francis