Benedict Cumberbatch at the “Star Trek Into Darkness” Premiere

Posted on May 03, 2013

Here you go, Cumberbitches:


Benedict Cumberbatch attends the UK premiere of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ in London.

We sincerely hope that horrible hair is for a role of some sort. Otherwise, he looks fantastic. Everything’s a little askew and that’s setting off our fashion OCD, but he’s never been all that natty a dresser, so a little imperfection is fine, as far as we’re concerned. His makeup’s a little weird, though; orange from some angles and pink from others.

Finger guns are NO, Benedict. Always. No exceptions.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • EdithP

    ‘Finger guns are NO, Benedict. Always. No exceptions.’

    Not even for Isaac from Love Boat?

    • Cathy S

      Isaac totally gets a pass.

      • MilaXX

        and a ride in the way back machine

    • H2olovngrl

      Ever since the pic of the the Swinton sporting a knowing wink and double finger guns, I can’t help myself, it puts a smile on my face any time I see a celeb wielding one.

  • Oh the hair. No, no, no. Again, I say no.

    • Cathy S

      He needs floppy hair to look perfect. I don’t care if it’s Sherlock black or his usual blond or ginger or whatever that is. It should be floppy. 🙂

      • gabbilevy

        He’s a true ginger and it’s wonderful.

    • JosephLamour

      I mean… his might be b/c im thinking of the Assange movie hair (shiver) but… I kind of like his hair here? (Question mark appropriate for tone)

      • My biggest issue with the hair is that it looks like it was done with boot polish.

    • drdarke

      Oh, great! Cumberbatch stole Simon Pegg’s hair!

      The suit is blah – and the vest makes it look ill-fitting for some reason. He looks worse than I did when my wife told me to “go buy a suit at Sears” because we were going to a friend’s wedding about twenty years ago, when we couldn’t afford anything else….

  • Anthea

    He’s filming Sherlock now, so that explains the very dark hair. He probably didn’t want to show up with the curly Sherlock hair.

    • His poor hair! He went straight from the blonde Assange dye job to the Sherlock black and I’m afraid it’s a little worse for the wear. He should have gone for the curls though, because they suit him very well and the slicked back thing doesn’t look great at this length.

      • MilaXX

        IIRC the blonde is his natural color. He dyes it for Sherlock.

        • He’s actually naturally a Ginger.

          • MilaXX

            I stand corrected. I just remembered his hair wasn’t naturally dark.

          • GorgeousThings

            Really?? I did not know that. I would have guessed blond, but now that you say that, I can see him as a redhead.

      • The Assange hair was a wig.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Curls are always the right choice. Unless you are In Sync-era JT and your frosted hair looks like ramen noodles. In that case, shave it off and start again. Which he did.

        But I digress. Natural looking curls (and sometimes fakeys) are a go.

    • GorgeousThings

      Oh, but if he showed up in curly Sherlock hair…. swoon!

      • Beardslee

        I know, what a wasted opportunity!!

  • heatheradair

    I suspect he has one of those pink-tinged, very-fair complexions that continue to vex the makeup industry — and it means he’ll have to “blend onto the neck” pretty much always……..

    • MarissaLG

      Tell me about it!

    • MilaXX

      Perhaps so but a professional makeup artist should know better. If I can think of makeup lines to correct this, so should they.

    • I call BS. There’s plenty of makeup out there for white people.

      • Amelia

        There’s tons of makeup out there for white people generally, but not a whole lot of options for the subset of white people that are incredibly pale and pink-toned.

        • heatheradair

          I think it’s just “clumsy makeup artist” or “last minute self-applied” mistake, basically. speaking as a very fair, pink-toned person in the makeup industry, there *are* options, but his people picked a bad one. And photography’s a b*tch when the color-match isn’t quite right. AND, with the gentlemen, less hair around the neck/jaw/collar to cover up the blending “oops’s”

          • Amelia

            I was going by my very pale makeup wearing friend’s complaining about her inability to find a good color match in foundations. Are the options better with high end makeup or makeup meant for theater?

          • DeborahJozayt

            I think the trend for higher end makeup is to add a green corrector to take the pink away. Just a pinch is all you need so you don’t look like a komodo dragon.

        • I usually ask if they have a color named paste or piggy pink…

          • Christine

            I feel your pain. I go to a makeup counter, ask for a foundation, and then they pull out the next to lightest shade. They swab it on and I look like I have dirt on my face. So, then they pull out the palest shade, and it’s usually too dark or yellow or both.

            My sister uses Blanc de Chanel as her foundation. I can’t afford it but sometimes I can get samples.

            What’s worse: the showing of the bronzer. Ugh.

      • JasmineAM

        I’m black and I have super milky white friends that have trouble finding foundation matches. They (makeup companies) always want pale people to look tanned. Hell, my mother is black as well and she is very pale and she even has problems finding a color.

        • Terrie_S

          I’m super lucky in that I have yellow, not pink undertones to my skin, despite being so pale the only people I’ve met who are paler have albinism. Can’t wear purple without looking like I’m getting jaundice, but it’s much easier to find foundation to match my skin tone. And it’s not like I’m a huge fan of purple, anyway. 🙂

    • embers618

      I think the issue is compounded when his hair is dyed this starkly. I don’t think this color sets off his complexion well anyway, and any issue with foundation is going to be magnified. As a ginger with this skin tone, I can attest to the fact that the makeup that looks perfect with my natural hair color suddenly looks off if I dye my hair even a little darker. I can’t imagine what an issue it is with this big of a change.

  • He must be hard to put makeup on, being so naturally pale. He does look a little messy…that kind of suit doesn’t suit him. I’d rather he did something kind of boho, but that’s not what most male stars are going to do.

  • The horrible hair is what happens when you try to slick back the Sherlock (filming now) curls, and yeah, it’s bad enough to nearly kill my unholy lust for him. Nearly.

    • Scimommy

      Sigh. What she said.

    • He seems to really, really hate his ‘Sherlock’ hair. In some interview he says he thinks it makes him look like a woman, which: NO.

      Embrace the curls!!

      • Exactly. No, my darling Benedict, you look DIVINE with your Sherlock hair. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be my laptop wallpaper.

      • I hate the Sherlock hair too, actually, but it’s better than this. I was happier than anything this summer/fall when he was running around with his natural auburn-y hair.

      • not_Bridget

        Louise Brealey (who plays Molly) tweeted on March 13th: “Benedict just let me fiddle with his damp hair as a birthday treat. Apparently you have to ‘twist and diffuse.’ Gulp.”

        Times columnist Caitlin Moran reported his idea that the Sherlock hair made him look “womanish.” She’s also the one who compared his voice to “a jaguar hiding in a cello.”

        • julnyes

          Louise Brealey is so adorable. I love her tweets about the cute guy cutting down branches outside her house.

  • holdstillnow

    Dark hair suits him so much better than his natural color, but I sure wish someone would think to tint his eyebrows. That always sets off my OCD.

    • MRC210

      Yes, in the full-length photos he looks as though he has no eyebrows at all — which makes the hair look even more fake.

  • aeb1986

    Do women think hes attractive? I’m not super impressed…nice suit though

    • Some women do. I am not one of them, though he is a fine actor.

    • Sobaika

      I don’t quite get it either – yes, I’ve seen Sherlock.

      • ItsDicey

        Same here. I like him as an actor, but he doesn’t do anything for me otherwise.

    • Anne At Large

      He is much more charismatic in action, I always think “alien” when I see still photos of him as well.

    • Ruthie O
    • sojourneryouth

      Yeah, I’m not feeling him either. Normally, I loves me some men of all colors, but next to my chocolatey skin, homey would blend into the sheets and be impossible to find!

      • I laughed too hard at this.

        • sojourneryouth

          Why, thank you. LOVE your name!

      • julnyes

        The solution – deep purple silk sheets. Enjoy!

        • not_Bridget

          Ah, the same shade as The Purple Shirt of Sex…..

    • MilaXX

      I put him in the ugly/pretty category where charisma tips him over into the attractive pool.

    • Jackie4g

      The allure eludes me, but hey, someone asked me who I thought was a sexy man this past week, and forgetting that not everyone shares my love for TCM, I replied “Robert Mitchum”. I received the blankest of blank stares.

      It’s good that there are such pronounced differences in perceptions of what’s “hot”. Good for everyone.

    • sededed


    • Amelia

      I heard him described once as looking like an otter and now that is all I can see when I look at him.

      • Terrie_S

        I like otters. 🙂

    • AudreysMom

      a big part of it (IMHO) is the characters he plays. Generally men of intelligence, wit and confidence. I’ll take that over beefcake any day.

    • aeb1986

      didn’t mean to single out women here! sorry men!

    • VOICE, baby. He’s got that VOICE.

    • Toto Maya

      He doesn’t do anything from me, but I feel like I’m in the minority among women I know.

    • Esz

      I am not a fan either – yes good actor but meh in the looks department. He’s not even ‘unusually attractive’….just unusual.

  • Looking pretty good, overall. Bit wonky in the jacket fit. Pants are perfectly hemmed, though. Kudos for that, at least.

    • StellaZafella

      The tie looks badly knotted…noose-like. For me that gets demerits like a lady star wearing the wrong necklace.

      • You’re so harsh. It’s part of my lurv for you.

        • StellaZafella

          Harsh as Friday with a dateless weekend ahead.
          I really MUST edit my attitude today lest I lose my customary aplomb (she smirked).

          • formerlyAnon

            Let loose here in print, please, even if you edit face-to-face. Our feelings are less likely to be wounded, and the entertainment potential is worth the risk, in any case.

  • thecitysleeps

    He looks so gorgeous. I love him, not even gonna lie. I think the hair is for Sherlock in which it’s always long and curled. It looks better than this though.

  • LearnedFoot

    Bandersnatch Cummerbund!

    • Zingelbert Bembledack! Yingybert Dambleban! Zangelbert Bingledack! Wingelbert Humptyback! … Slut Bunwalla! (Sorry. Had an Eddie Izzard moment there.)

  • savicevic

    The hair is just his Sherlock hair but uncurled. He should have gone with the curls.

  • babylonsista

    I love Benedict Cumberbatch as an actor–no one else could have given such a perfect performance in BBC’s “Sherlock”–but there’s something…unfinished about his facial features. Like, he’s a gene or two off from homo sapiens sapiens. Maybe it’s just the strength of all those Anglo features combining to make him look vaguely reptilian…but looking at him head-on is always a little unsettling.

    Damn fine suit, though.

  • Annie Leung

    I think he straightened his hair again just for this premiere, it’s curly in some of the Sherlock set pictures. So glad to see him on here T-Lo! Thank you so much!!!

    • not_Bridget

      I think he just slicked it back with product, which made it even darker. “Sherlock” has very dark brown hair that sometimes reads black….

  • RinPauler

    Perfect hem length. Good job, Benedict. Now go help yourself at the bar.

  • LipstickForPigs

    His hair is too dark for his brows.

  • This guy does nothing for me, in fact I mostly just find him odd looking.

  • Carla_Charlton

    AGREE with all comments!

  • MarissaLG

    If there was anyone born to play the role of some kind of evil alien king*…

    *Sorry, I don’t really follow Star Trek, I’m just taking my best guess

  • nosniveling

    Loved him in Sherlock, but got really sick of him by the time Parade’s End limped to a close.

    • Fordzo

      That show made me so mad. Even madder than Mildred Pierce, and I got pretty upset over Mildred Pierce.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Why did you hate it? I loved it, but I haven’t read the books.

        • not_Bridget

          I loved the books & really liked the show. (My “not Downton” comment above is snark; I hardly a Downton-lover.)

          Cumberbatch is extremely versatile & disappears into his roles. Between jobs he appears to be quite brilliant & not above a bit of silliness.. (Thus the “shooting” gesture.) The Sherlock-dyed hair didn’t look great slicked back–but what can you do? I didn’t really study his makeup. But he dressed beautifully, as he usually does for Official Red Carpet events. (His informal looks have inspired a Tumblr: Whatareyouwearingbenedict.)

          • Tatiana Luján

            I really liked the first season of Downton Abbey, but I didn’t like the other seasons.

            Cumberbach is an amazing actor and I enjoyed watching him as Christopher Tietjens.

            He looks too pale in my computer, I hope it’s the makeup.

        • Fordzo

          Honestly, I don’t know. It could have been PMS. But I just wanted to shake him and yell, “SNAP OUT OF IT!!” He was just such a cold fish, I found it impossible to root for him to be happy, so then I spent a couple hours thinking, “Hmmm…maybe I feel sorry for his wife, because here she thought she was marrying someone fun, who liked to have sex on trains, but instead she ended up with this unfeeling dud.” And I couldn’t stand Valentine. Not to get too deep into my personal problems, but I have no tolerance for home-wreckers right now, so I had no sympathy for her, either.

          Aren’t you glad you asked? 😉

          • Tatiana Luján

            I couldn’t stand Valentine either, but that was because I found her sooo boring and plain, while Sylvia was full of life.
            I found Christopher very interesting, I would have loved to have long conversations with him and i thought he was very controlled, but sensitive, not a cold fish.

      • I loved him throughout but I did not understand why his character was so reviled and beaten down when his wife was this HORRIBLE human being.

        • julnyes

          yeah that series did not make a ton of sense to me. I feel like maybe it would have made more sense if I’d read the books or I really studied WWI era England? It just seemed so odd that he got dumped on so heavily because of the things his wife did… and some of the things she did were deemed horrible like having fruit delivered to some soldiers (or something?) and I didn’t get what was so wrong there either.

          The end was also a bit up in the air too and the sound quality sucked. Having said all that – he was wonderful in it!

    • not_Bridget

      Well, it was no Downton Abbey…..

  • I’m not loving this. The fit of the suit is actually making him seem a little hippy. He’s also never really been my type.

  • VicksieDo

    When did he turn 60?

  • Creeps me right the fuck out.

  • Fordzo

    I think he and Stephen Moyer do each other’s hair.

    • formerlyAnon

      Visual evidence supports your contention. I think they consult each other on which box to pick in the supermarket, too. (Now isn’t THAT a visual!)

  • The hair is long for Sherlock but they were filming very late into the night before, so I think he just slicked it back rather than having a stylist put in the Sherlock curliness. And the suit is Spencer Hart, btw.

  • Bree The Vole

    Picture with finger guns = Roger Moore as James Bond realness!

    • HengRu

      Maybe it’s his expression, but even his face reminds me of Roger Moore in that picture.

  • MilaXX

    The vest & jacket are sitting well together. The hair looks overly dyed & monotone like dude from True Blood. The makeup is awful. I realize some of us have to blend foundations to even out our skin, but yeah, his top half looks overly pink and his lower half looks orange-y, especially around the mouth.
    However, in celebration of XY Friday., I shall be happy to see Cumberbatch around these parts.


    In other words, no one gives a fuck what you think of anyone else’s physical imperfections, so shut up about it.

    • What imperfections? He’s perfect.

    • babylonsista

      Apologies. It’s not cool when people do it to women, and it’s not cool when people do it to men, either.

    • TheAmericaness

      I love you TLo. It may just be the three screewdrivers talking, but I really loove you.

  • If I only saw him in photos, I would understand why other BKs wonder what some of us see in him. You have to see him in a performance and listen to that should-be-illegal fantastic voice and then it all makes sense.
    I just wish he’d embrace his curls! But he was filming Sherlock that same day. He’s brilliant and busy!

  • ventureforth

    He goes back and forth between looking like a hot alien and a not-hot alien. He’s definitely in the “not hot” category here. Also, whoever is dying his hair needs to dye his eyebrows too because they are way too pale.

  • StellaZafella

    I don’t get the love..but hey, that’s OK…more for the rest of y’all. He’s not bad looking, but I keep seeing my old choir director…Smirky bastard, so full of himself…and he couldn’t tie a tie either.
    Maybe it’s not Cumber’s fault…or even the wonky attire…maybe it’s just my history.

    As a character in this movie…I’m looking forward to it if Chris Pine gets to kick his ass…
    cue the deluge.

  • notoffred

    He looks like a lich

  • sariebee

    The Tilda Swinton of men, minus all the fierceness.

    • Tilda Swinton is the Tilda Swinton of men.

      • sariebee

        Ah, you have me there. Viva Tilda!

    • MilaXX

      have you seen the film Orlando?

  • TheAmericaness

    I take he’s the villain then?

  • appliquer

    How about some color?

  • GorgeousThings

    The hair is tragic, but I do love me some BC! Thank you TLo – you made my weekend!

  • formerlyAnon

    God yes on the hair. By all rights he “ought” to be in my wheelhouse, can’t ever understand why he’s so firmly not.

    Nonetheless, I do so enjoy seeing decisively clean-shaven men wearing nice suits. Thank-you, fellas. Today’s a great day already.

  • scurvey

    I’m getting a Lieutenant Commander Data vibe but that’s the wrong generation!

  • I adore him. That’s all.

  • sededed

    God, he’s gorgeous. Seriously. I don’t know what everyone else is seeing.

    He. Would. Get. It. All.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Oh, THANK YOU, gay uncles. I’ve been waiting with baited breath for the Benedict pics today!

  • SRQkitten

    He gets bonus points for not having his hands in his pockets!


  • JP

    Clothes, impeccable. Hair, well, I think that’s a result of him needing to keep his length for SHERLOCK filming, but wanting to slick back his hair a la his character in the movie. The result, much as I adore BC, is very Clay Aiken. So, just no.

  • PastryGoddess

    Why do I keep thinking he needs a stronger lip?

  • AlieMichelle

    I can’t with this guy. I just can’t.

  • It’s a bit undertaker-y for my taste.

  • Imasewsure

    Gotta watch Sherlock I guess because to me the best thing about this guy is his awesome British-y name…hasn’t done it for me yet unfortunately

    • Oh, you must watch Sherlock. It will convert you. His face…I don’t know what it is about his face, but when it, and he, are in motion, it’s beautiful.

    • H2olovngrl

      Sherlock is so much FUN. You must watch it. It is on Netflix. In addition to Benedict here, you have Martin Freeman as Watson who is just as wonderful. Take a day off from everything, make a pot of tea and a batch of popcorn, and settle in, marathon style. Let the Cumberbatch wash over you. To me, this is as joyful as TV can get.

  • julnyes

    Yep, that is slicked down Sherlock hair, but otherwise Benedict looks great.

    and yes – there are tons of women (and men) that find his blend of features + personality incredibly alluring and I’m one of them.

    Thanks for the BC fix TLO 🙂

  • jw_ny

    that hair is so distracting…especially since his eyebrows are so pale. darken the brows and try a more natural shade of lipstick next time. I can’t even look at his clothes….

  • Jonquil

    He finally paid someone else to put clothes on him! Hallelujah! (Although, I would add and remove clothing free of charge.)

  • CommentsByKatie

    I’m not into this guy on Sherlock, but I have to say, rocking the black fitted suit and the Supervillain Hair? He is speaking to me. Delicious. Too bad about the finger guns.

  • snarkykitten

    uh oh…one of Madame Tussauds’ figures became sentient and is wandering around movie premiers

  • Judy_S

    I think of this hair, the slicked-back Sherlock hair, as his Sid the Sloth look. Somehow it makes his face look triangular in a not so great way. I guess he didn’t want to show up at Star Trek looking too much like Sherlock.

  • carnush

    God I love him. The suit looks nice.

  • Zaftiguana

    Is he maybe being caught in the instant of asking someone a question in the “finger gun” picture? I really hope so.

  • Bless him.

  • I thought we were ‘Cumberbabes’ now?

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Oh Benny. You should always, always go to public(ity) events with your Sherlock hair. This is barely above the Assange haircut disaster.

  • Carly Warnock

    *smacks lip* Thank you for that. Finger lickin’ good.

  • Hey Bennie, Richard E. Grant called & he wants his hairstyle back. Where are your curls, man?!

  • lawwife

    The makeup makes him look like an Android of the Data variety.

  • Fordzo

    He always looks like he has chapped lips. I want to buy him some chapstick.

  • Kikishua

    All I can see is an otter. Damn those internet memes.

  • MsMajestyk

    Uncles T & Lo, you are so good to us.
    He looks foxy with dark hair in the ST trailers, but his Data hair in person is not a good thing. Agree with everyone that he needs the waves to work that color.

  • YAY. Dark hair means we’re back to shooting episodes of Sherlock. I need I need I need!

    • They’ve completed the first episode and are in the middle of the second, then a break (he and Martin both have to go back to NZ for Hobbit stuff) then the third.

    • H2olovngrl

      Indeed indeed indeed!

  • Melissa Brogan

    I don’t know, he always strikes me as a handsome alien. Kind of weird. I do like his Sherlock, though.

    Anyway, nice enough suit. Lapels seem a little wide-ish, but the pants are a good length.

  • the_archandroid

    I feel like he’s serving Velociraptor realness in that 3rd photo. but I bow at his amazing talent nonetheless.

  • If you’d like to see a gorgeous pic with his natural ginger hair color and curls, just google “ginger Benedict” and you’ll get a marvelous selection.

  • ccm800

    this one does absolutely nothing for me.Nerdy vampire alien gray hybrid of creep

  • Corsetmaker

    He was on Graham Norton last night. Norton obviously films same day as the premieres as you regularly see these posts then see the same clothes on the show. He’s lovely! Very modest and just a nice chap. Very embarassed by the Cumberbitch thing and ran into the audience to thank people who’d travelled a distance, which Chris Pine followed through on and did for his fans too. Did a pretty good Graham Norton impression too. And looked much better in motion. It’s al charisma with him… and that voice!

  • MartyBellerMask

    He is going to make an amazing Bond villain when that time comes.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Also, I feel like I am cheating on him when I watch “Elementary”, which is surprisingly wonderful.

    • H2olovngrl

      Really? Similar, or good in a different way? Do tell..

  • MissAmynae

    please let it be the scarf..please it be the scarf..ITS THE SCARF!!! thanks Ruthie, needed that one today 🙂

  • Rroxy

    He looks like he’s playing the new Data. Seriously, I don’t get what all the fuss about. A very ordinary looking guy, IMO. Plus, I really hated him in Parade’s End. His character grated on my nerves no end. I was cheering for the adulterous Sylvia from beginning to end.

    • Pennymac

      I thought “Data” too. Too creepily pale, IMHO.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I don’t think he’s handsome, per se. I think he has a very, very distinctive look. Exactly right for very cold characters.

  • NoGovernmentName

    Wow, you’re right. So cute with his natural hair color.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    He looks like a friendly otter.

  • All I have to do is remember he’s the rapist in Atonement, and I can’t look at him anymore.

  • FloridaLlamaLover

    Late to the party, as usual, but I agree, the swept-away-from-face hair is awful. He looks like an otter. However, he has said that he hates the Sherlock hair (patterned after Lord Byron) so I guess he’s entitled to look otterish on his days off from that particular show.