Benedict Cumberbatch on the Set of The Imitation Game

Posted on September 18, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch IS Doctor Who! Or maybe a fabulous cologne ad from the ’80s!

Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of his new World War II era film, “The Imitation Game,” in London.

Either way, you’re welcome.  He looks stylish as hell, although we could do without the Hitler hair.

We are geniuses for putting “Benedict Cumberbatch” and “Doctor Who” in the same post. Come at us, fangurls!  Ka-ching!

We’ll take that jacket, please.




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  • PastryGoddess

    TLo you definitely have to come back and tell us how many hits you get on this post.

    I’m not a devoted Cumberbitch, but he sure looks fine

  • krelnick

    He’s playing Alan Turing and it takes place in the 40s. Everyone had Hitler hair.

    • leahpapa

      Word. The guy invented the modern computer and then had to submit to chemical castration because he was convicted of (then illegal) homosexual acts. I don’t care about the hair – this is a compelling story that has been elided from history. So glad it’s being told.

      • jif

        +1. Besides, that hair is also Turing hair. Or, rather, that’s Turing hair. Hitler hair is slightly different.

      • Alloy Jane

        Well no kidding. Thank you for pointing that out, my sister and I were recently discussing scientists involved in WWII. My knowledge of history is woeful but now that life has a little more breathing room, I can read for pleasure again and I will add him to my list of people I will read about.

    • hillmad

      Alan Turing is one of the heroes of the 20th Century! The father of computer science. Shamefully persecuted by his own country and driven to suicide after helping to win WWII. I’m so glad his story is finally being widely told. Benedict will be superb, I’m sure.

    • kirkyo

      Is “Hitler hair” a thing now because I posted a pic of Tom Hardy to FB the other day and got this response as well. It’s just how everyone wore their hair back then.

    • Celandine1

      My dad was a WWII vet and we have a lot of family pictures from that time. Not everyone had that hair. One of my grandfathers had something similar but none if the men my dad’s age. Men of a certain age and perhaps a certain geography, but not everyone had that haircut.

      • Corsetmaker

        Well depends on the natural hair, quantity and curliness. But some sort of short back and sides was the norm.

    • I know. And no they didn’t.

      • krelnick

        Turing did. I was being hyperbolic. So sorry.

        • Again; I know. It wasn’t a comment on the accuracy of the costume; just our preference for the look.

          We’re actually getting yelled at on twitter for that remark. It’s a little odd how much it seems to have stuck in some people’s craw.

  • seelebrennt

    i’ll take that man, please. (i absolutely REFUSE to refer to myself as a cumberbitch, but he _really_ rings my bell)

    • gabbilevy

      Some prefer the term Cumberbabe, although I personally fully embrace Cumberbitch.

      • seelebrennt

        i prefer mrs. cumberbatch 😉

      • shirab

        The much-missed former Washington Post TV critic Lisa DeMoraes referred to him as Bandersnatch Cummerbund, I believe it was, which I found enjoyable.

        • gabbilevy

          I dont think she can take credit for that — that’s from the Benedict Cumberbatch name generator that was floating around a couple weeks back.

          • MRC210

            No, Lisa deM coined the name a year ago. It got a lot of attention at the time because people in the UK didn’t get that she was kidding and were all “OMG this American TV critic made a goofy error”.

          • filmcricket

            Those are some of my favourite posts on Tumblr.

        • Cara Chatham

          Not sure where it came from but a male friend ran with that and renamed him the Snatch Bandit because of a bunch of my girlfriends and I are always saying how Benny “could get it”.

    • LadyBossyBoots

      MissBossyBoots (who is 12) calls herself a Cumbercookie (because when you get a lot of them together, you get a Cumber-batch.

      Yes, my 12 year old has a crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. Beats the muppets in One Direction

      • Violentcello

        Oh, that’s cute. Sounds like you’ve got a smart one there.

        • LadyBossyBoots

          She says boys should be like tea — sweet, strong and British. Cumberbatch and the dude who plays Hook on Once Upon a Time top her list.

          She’s already saving for a semester abroad in the UK. I am so screwed.

          • I will extend the offer to her that my nieces get – an emergency contact phone number, posting bail and not telling the parents…

          • Monday1900

            If that phrase “boys should be like…” isn’t on a t-shirt already it oughta be! College fund idea perhaps? She sounds like a great girl.

          • Cordelia_Gray

            Your 12 year old sounds like an awesome kiddo.

          • baritoney

            She has great taste

          • leahpapa

            Your daughter reminds me verily of myself at that tender age. I was obsessed with Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Kenneth Branagh (who turned out to be kind of a dirt bag, but these were the Emma Thompson days)…basically the eventual casts of the Harry Potter movies. Made me an oddball, sure – they never did an “Immortal Beloved” fold-out poster in Tiger Beat – but it sure saved me from the giggling Leo DiCaprio mania of my peers.

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            Your daughter sounds fabulous!

      • Celandine1


      • Alloy Jane

        That is adorable! You know, you have two excellent t-shirt ideas to fund that semester abroad. One having to do with Cumbercookies and the other with the tea quote.

        Personally, I would never insult muppets by comparing them to corporate muzak trash.

  • Judy_S

    He’s Alan Turing, who invented computers and got arrested for homosexual activity. He committed suicide by eating an apple coated with cyanide.

    The styling probably includes some kind of prosthetic teeth to change the shape of his face.

    • MoHub

      Derek Jacobi has already played Turing in Breaking the Code in 1996.

      • Judy_S

        Well, lots of people have played Dr. Who, too….

  • gabbilevy

    I will watch anything, anything he is in. This promises to be absolutely amazing.

  • YoungSally

    Best 80s men’s fragrance — Geoffrey Beene’s Gray Flannel.

  • alyce1213

    Gahd I love 1940s style. I was born at the wrong time. Regarding the “Hitler hair,” if you look at pictures of Alan Turing, it is absolutely accurate.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I’ve got the need… the need for tweed.

  • Cele Deemer

    Call me a Cumberbitch, why dontcha? Love this guy. Just love him to pieces.

  • GillianHolroyd

    He’s looking like John Wood here.

  • The hair! DO NOT WANT.
    But Crumblybritches as The Doctor?? I have new fantasy fodder. Thank you, Uncles.

  • Frank_821

    Some fanboys see him as playing the Master

  • Clueless_Jock

    Such a great face. Full of character.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Oh. My. God. Fabulous pics. Can’t wait to see this film as Turing was a student obsession of mine. He got the mouth right and to me that’s the important bit. I adore him as an actor and a person…can’t wait to compare his Turing to Jacobi’s.

    • Marie

      Matt Smith auditioned for Watson- and BC never ever auditioned for Doctor Who. Never. Anyways he looks fab!

    • anindoorkitty

      BC never auditioned for Doctor Who. But he was the ONLY actor to read for Sherlock.

  • marlie

    He looks very “college professor-ish” I like. It suits him.

  • I never find him attractive in just your average photograph; however, when he starts performing, I immediately have to grab the lady fan. He’s a guy whose talent makes me hot.

    All of that aside, I am thrilled about this film, and I think he’ll nail it.

  • The respectable part of me is glad that a fine actor is bringing Turing’s important and tragic story to the big screen. But I am also a shameless fangirl, so
    mostly, I am just pleased that I might finally get to watch Sherlock make out
    with a boy.

    Also, that is a very nice suit. Just to keep things on topic.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    He was absolutely born to play someone from that era, wasn’t he?

    • Sure was. And for the first time I can see that he really is a perfect composite of his parents. His father’s bones and his mother’s lips.

      • Scimommy

        His mother’s lips and nose (not that I’ve spent time staring at his photos or anything, cough-cough)

      • alyce1213

        Your post compelled me to Google his parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton. Seems Benedict kept the Cumberbatch family name.

        • Between the two of them they’ve been in pretty much every show on British TV since the 60s! Very familiar faces.

          • Corsetmaker

            They seem to have! From the parts lists he seems to have covered the posh bloke guest spots in most sitcoms and series throughout the 70s and 80s!

        • WendyD

          Considering his full name is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, he really does have a family name. 😉 (And I’m positive I’m not the only Cumberbitch/babe/cookie/fan that knows his full name off the top of her head posting on TLo today.)

  • I love this moment that he is having! For a funny-looking bloke who probably never thought he’d get leading-man roles, he is nailing it!

  • madscntst

    Is he making that face on purpose?

  • Katesymae

    Ooh. Hate the hair. I’d still hit it though.

  • DesertDweller79

    Really excited that a big film will be telling this story. It is such an important story. So, yeah, the hair is ugly. But, what happened to him is even uglier, so I’ll deal.

    I, too, like the jacket.

  • JP

    I am one happy Cumberbitch. *g*

    In terms of the faces, I think he’s in character. With him, you can always tell when he’s “Ben” and when he’s “The Person He’s Playing” when he’s on set.

    • not_Bridget

      See the interview included in the first set of Sherlock disks–available on YouTube, surely. He’s dressed in full Sherlock drag–dark curly hair, alabaster skin, The Coat & The Scarf. But he’s being Benedict–so really doesn’t look like the detective at all….

      This is an important story & I’m sure he’ll do well. The look does suit him. (My only photo of my father from that era doesn’t feature Hitler hair. It’s the fake ID made by the people smuggling him out of Europe. He was an Irish-American B-17 navigator & they combed his hair back to make him look French.)

      • JP

        I know, isn’t it amazing how he goes from one to the other in the blink of an eye? You can see it in all the #setlock photos on Tumblr. In an “action” shot, he’s all cold, then standing off to the side watching filming, he looks approachable. The man’s a chameleon.

        My grandfather sort of had this hair, but his curls fought the hair cream.

  • Scimommy

    My worlds are colliding: Benedict is now *routinely* featured on TLo. Love it.

  • WendyD

    I’m supposed to be taking part in a webcast right now but now I’m completely distracted. I nearly answered “Benedict” when the presenter asked me a question. I don’t think my boss would’ve appreciated that.

    I love these serious roles that smell like Oscar nominations.

    I love Benedict.

    • marlie

      “Oscar nom” was my first thought too. Let’s hope so.

  • Imasewsure

    Sorry but I keep seeing a remake of Gone With the Wind…. Ashley Ashley Ashley… or maybe the life and times of Leslie Howard? BC does the retro look all the way!

    • WendyD

      I would have to go with Tom Hiddleston for a casting of Leslie Howard.

      • Imasewsure

        Good gawd you are right. Maybe BC could be his chum who gets shot down by the Gerrys Instead!!

  • mjude

    hitler hair…LMFAO

  • shelbywoo

    I’m sure he’s a perfectly normal person, but I just can’t not see “serial killer” when I look at him.

  • Jacquelyn

    *fangirls all over favorite Gay Uncles*

  • MRC210

    I’m seeing Fred McMurray in that first pic.

    • EdithP

      Oh my goodness, me too. Let’s put him in a remake of My Three Sons.

      • MRC210

        Who would be the sons? I vote for Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Lewis and Max Irons. And Alan Rickman as cranky Uncle Charley.

        • EdithP

          Good choices. Then they can bring Jim Parsons in as Ernie.

  • steeg of their own

    Why does he not keep the Sherlock hair all the time? WHY? The loose curls look so much better on him than these more severe styles. The rest of his face is so angular that he looks better with hair that can soften those cheekbones and jawline.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      He is on record saying he doesn’t like the curls. He thinks they make him look girlish.

    • Corsetmaker

      Don’t think the Sherlock hair is quite period though ;D

  • MilaXX

    That is some serious Lego hair, but the suit is divine.

  • Pudgy Possum

    Oh man, he’s so weirdly attractive.

  • Cathy S

    That jacket is spectacular.

  • I like him for Sherlock but I can’t do with the fact that he is IN EACH AND EVERY GODDAM MOVIE these days.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Him and Shailene Woodley.

  • Anne

    He is deliciously weird-looking. 🙂

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Perfect description.

  • julnyes

    Ah, he is playing Turing?! Fantastic.

    I will definitely be watching (admittedly I would watch him in anything)

  • sleepycat

    I will take that jacket as well. As someone who has thick,dry hair that won’t lie flat and has been chasing the short sides long top look for well over a year now, I kinda hate Benny for having that hair cut and looking great.

  • Interesting pattern matching, but I’m really all about the briefcase.

  • joything

    Wow! Tweed, two plaids and a stripe! Is there a world record for this? Oh, and — thank you, Gay Uncles. I needed this right now.

  • I want my husband to have that jacket. So beautifully tailored!

  • formerlyAnon

    He’s easy to dress, isn’t he?
    Alan Turing story, so tragic.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I wish people dressed like this today

  • jilly_d

    I dunno guys; I don’t typically find him swoon-worthy but I’m ashamed to admit the ’40s Nazi hair on him is kinda doing it for me. Am I alone here??

    • lobsterlen

      I will join you in the shame corner. Another vote for Nazi hair from me?!?! Furthermore I looked at him and thought men’s fashion should have just stayed right in this era.

  • Scoop

    Sweet PG Tips, he’s just so veddy British, isn’t he? Le sigh.

  • a_liking

    I just…………. really do not understand the appeal. like, at all. but whatever gets you goin’…..

  • lobsterlen

    Ohh and while we placing orders … in addition to that jacket I’ll take that briefcase.*

    *edit* And how could I forget … him too. Here is my order: him, the jacket and briefcase. Its my birthday week. I am entitled

  • tereliz

    And I’ll take that briefcase.

  • Amenaneri

    Thank you TLo for the yummy pics! I think he’ll be brilliant as Turing. Being a dedicated Cumberbitch, I’ve been plumbing the depths of his filmography–he did a great biopic of Stephen Hawking where he was brilliant at being brilliant, and also a quite interesting Van Gogh biopic–kind of a dramatized documentary, but most of the dialogue was taken directly from his letters to his brother, so it was rather moving (he was heartbreakingly self-aware about his mental illness and lack of success). Benny is brilliant at the biopic!

  • poppygirl

    He’s playing Alan Turing. The costume and hair style are spot on. I adore him so much.

  • baritoney

    Cumberbatch is so in character in those photos. Even the stills make me feel quite emotional. He’s going to be fantastic in this heartbreaking role.

  • JFall

    Great actor, intriguing role, stylish costume …

  • lillianfinchgo

    I prefer Cumbercookie, too, although I’m more of a Cumbercouger, since I’m old enough to be his very young mother. He truly gets into his characters, such a wonderful actor. I find myself strongly attracted to him even though his look isn’t what I usually go for. When he smiles, though…