Benedict Cumberbatch at the “The Fifth Estate” Screening

Posted on October 14, 2013

Looks like someone got himself a stylist. Attaboy.



Benedict Cumberbatch attends the screening of “The Fifth Estate” at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City.

He’s never looked quite so put together before. And he’s never demonstrated an ability to pair a plaid suit with a skull print tie. That takes an eye. We want to fix his cuffs and tighten his tie, but this is easily a personal best for him.


[Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]

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  • decormaven

    That look is made of W-I-N. Well played.

  • tereliz

    How to take the stuffiness out of a windowpane plaid suit? Pair it will a skull tie, natch. (McQueen?)

    • misstressofsylar

      wasn’t this the same suit he wore in the Graham Norton show? (not that I stalk him, heeh) I remembered this because i got distracted with the cuffs. for the BK Cumberbitches though, watch it for his mean Chewbacca impresion. and has anyone seen his Alan Rickman off with Fallon?

      • Kristin

        And on Jimmy Fallon, and on the cover of the Hollywood Reporter… (Not that I stalk him either! Certainly not.) When Benny loves an item of clothing, he wears it to death. It’s utterly charming, really.

        • misstressofsylar

          don’t we all!

          • Kristin

            Yes! Although I do think it’s slightly more unusual behavior for the regular public appearance set. πŸ™‚

      • Aerialgreen

        From your comment went straight into youtube search mode ~ thank you πŸ™‚

        • misstressofsylar

          Let me know how it went. Too often I dread going to YouTube as I always get sucked in a blackhole and barely get any work done

          • Aerialgreen

            Found it right away! kinda knew I would, because it’s Jimmy Fallon on NBC late night, which means they are DESPERATE for viewers and won’t take down any non-profit promotional outlet

      • Jessica O’Connell

        Well NOW I’m watching the Rickman-off. And it is fantastic. Thank you for this wonderful gift!

    • MissAmynae

      Absolutely McQueen. and Absolutely PERFECT.

    • Emily

      Exactly. Nicely done.

  • jtabz

    That tie.

  • Danielle


  • I can’t wait to see what the girls at The Lady have to say about this. (It is my new favorite publication that I have never read.)

    • marlie

      A mag from the UK?

      • Not just any UK mag, a classy one with boy toys dressed in classy clothes, getting ready to take the reader on classy dates that involve gingerbread, horseback riding, and other classy things. I imagine it to be if, “What if Barbara Taylor Browning was editor and chief at a magazine?”

  • Julia

    *faints* *cuts self on cheekbones on the way down*

  • marlie

    FAB. Love everything about this.

  • Scimommy

    My theory is that he got himself a stylist around the time of the Toronto International Film Festival or before. He looked pretty darn sharp for all the TIFF appearances, as well as the ones since then. Glad to see he is keeping this person on staff.

    • rumcg66

      Exactly. He hasn’t missed once since TIFF.

  • Curious what kind of cufflinks would work here. Thoughts, kittens? What about tie pins?

    • MissAmynae

      McQueen, of course- to match the tie πŸ™‚

  • amanda siegelson

    that’s one great suit. swoon (for the suit, aside from the voice, the boy leaves me meh… ).

    • Sarah

      It’s okay. You’re not alone. He don’t float my boat, either. Good actor, though.

    • marlie

      The voice (and the talent) are the only things that do it for me, but THAT VOICE.

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        If there needs to be a voice for a big, mean dragon in a movie, Benedict Cumberbatch is the only qualified person for the job.

        • marlie

          I’d listen to him read a menu. Or the phone book.

  • hellyesiwould

    Too much bronzer!

    • YoungSally

      Agreed — although I was thinking pancake.

  • Kimmu

    I do like the tie and plaid combo, but man, whenever I look at him, all I can see is the jazz hands monster from Pan’s Labyrinth. He is that unattractive.

    • Lee Rickards Frew

      Oh Kimmu, you nailed it–well done!!

  • I like his hair to be a little messier. This is a little TOO…

    • WendyD

      His hair is super short right now for his role as Alan Turing so I don’t think there’s much to be messy with.

      • fursa_saida

        Really? They would have been done filming it months ago, no? (Seeing as how it’s out now–and reportedly terrible. Not because of him, because of the writing and production style.)

        • WendyD

          No, “The Fifth Estate” is currently out now where he plays Julian Assange in a blonde wig.
          He’s just filming “The Imitation Game” currently. Just on a quick break to be over in the states promoting “Fifth Estate”.

          • fursa_saida

            WHOOPS, I just swapped it in for some reason. My b.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Lovely. Just lovely.

  • ConnieBV

    I hate the shoes, but other than that this is a win.

  • formerlyAnon

    Yeah. The tie is either someone with chops or complete dumb random luck. And he’s never seemed to try anything out-of-the-safety-zone when dressing for appearances.

  • msdamselfly

    I just dont get his appeal. I find him way too buttoned up.

    • Judy_S

      Do check out the Chewbacca impression.

  • seelebrennt

    was he wearing a suit? i didn’t notice…

  • sugarkane105

    Even his head looks better than it has in a while. Less makeup and better hair.

    • Loola234

      The hair is WAAAYYYYY better. Make-up may be better, but it’s still not good.

  • thecitysleeps

    His face is just so strikingly beautiful, I die. I love the plaid/skull tie idea, perfectly done.

    • lundibleu

      And he manages the nice trick of looking like both of his parents. Wanda Ventham was quite something when she was younger.

  • 3boysful

    Very nice, but the loose/crooked tie almost spoils it.

    Why don’t guys get that?

  • WendyD

    He wears that tie often. It is his personal style πŸ™‚
    LOVE HIM SO MUCH. Thanks, Uncles πŸ™‚

  • River


  • rumcg66

    This entire press tour has been made of win for him. He’s looked amazing at every stop.

  • Janet B

    Lovely suit.

  • MilaXX

    Love the tie/suit pairing. He looks very well put together .

  • majorbedhead

    I may explode if Sherlock doesn’t start up again soon. These little teases are only whetting my appetite.

  • tmchale

    I think the pocket square is my favorite part.

  • blondie707

    His suit looks nice, but I’ve never found him attractive. I can’t scrub the numerous classist quotes and moaning about how difficult it is being a rich white man from my brain.

    • not_Bridget

      Don’t get all your news from The Daily Mail!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I applaud the tie.

  • DTLAFamilies

    He’s not my saucer of cream but this is the first time I’ve ever dimly understood his appeal.

  • Tatiana LujΓ‘n

    I love his current hair color.

  • Brittney P

    He has never been more attractive to me. OMG.

  • Snailstsichr

    Holy macaroni! I thought it was Friday for a moment! Now I must go fan myself.

  • Trickytrisha

    Looking good. The only thing that bugs me about him is the lack of definition in his eyebrows. His eyes appear to be rather deep set and the brows just kinda sit on a shelf above them. Just a little quibble though – he’s a doll.

  • Ash Takarai

    I love the tie!

  • DesertDweller79

    When I saw the photo, I thought, “That tie absolutely must be McQueen, no?” Thank you kittens in the comments for confirming that. He looks terrific! Yes, I’ve seen him in this suit at least once before. I remember it because I remember thinking it was fantastic the first time I saw it. You go, Benedict! Be like us mortals who wear pieces we love over and over.

  • tixilyttik

    I still just don’t get the big attraction of this man.
    He’s got makeup on and lots of it.
    The suit is too small.
    I bet if you walked around downtown London you could see hundreds of him slogging off to work.
    He must be wonderful actor. I just can’t bring myself to watch another Sherlock Holmes, but I guess I must.

    • rab01

      Yes, all the fuss is because of his work on Sherlock. Unless you see a couple of episodes, you won’t understand the appeal. Also, the show happens to be very good so it’s not a huge imposition πŸ˜‰

  • carnush

    He looks really, really dapper. Super polished with a tiny edge.

  • JP

    It’s the suit he wore for his spread in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. I adore that skull tie!

    • not_Bridget

      Andrew Scott wore a McQueen skull tie when he played Sherlock’s nemesis, the villainous Moriarty… Whoever dresses the actors for that show definitely knows what they are doing.

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  • Pauline Wong

    He totally does it for me — the voice, the eyes, the cheekbones (THOSE DAMNABLE CHEEKBONES), the sense of humour, the slight awkwardness, the everything.
    The suit? Ya the suit’s good too. Whats underneath the suit however….

  • awtchy1

    SHOUTY CAPS… I just don’t get it. Yuck x2000

  • Damn it, TLo.

    That is the second time your site had made me pregnant today.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    LOVE it, especially the skull tie.