Benedict pulls similar facial expressions to the animal

Benedict Cumberbatch has acquired a horde of female fans since taking on the role of TV detective Sherlock, but some people still aren’t convinced by his sex symbol status.

The 35-year-old actor has been compared to an otter on blogging website Tumblr.

Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch, which shows pictures of Benedict pulling similar facial expressions to the creature, started a Twitter frenzy last night.

‘Genius. Otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch. This is what the internet is for,’ Tweets one user.

Another adds: ‘Poor Benedict! (Although it is kinda funny!).’

Benedict, who’s currently shooting scenes for the new Star Trek film, is sure to take the comparison in good humour.

It’s not the first time he’s been told that he looks like an animal.

‘Someone once sent me a page of lookey-likey pictures,’ Benedict tells TV Buzz.

‘[It] had Sid [the sloth] from Ice Age, a horse, a llama, a hammerhead shark and a meerkat.’

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