Cover Boy: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Lady Magazine

Posted on October 11, 2013

We just love that there’s a magazine called The Lady.

Benedict Cumberbatch covers the October 11th 2013 issue of The Lady magazine.


Although, given the reaction he tends to get around here, we suppose it should be redubbed The Ladyboner with B Cumb on the cover.

On his sacred space: “I was still at school when I first visited The Garrick Club and my father took me to the library. In my memory it always featured as an enormous room, very grand and impressive. Visiting it now, years later, it appears quite small – which in fact it is. It still retains, though, a particular aura, which I sensed on my first visit.

‘This place is an oasis of quiet: a stone’s throw from Charing Cross Road and the theatre district on one side, and from Covent Garden on the other. It is possible to sit here in silence, surrounded by volumes full of original playbills – Edmund Kean (referred to as ‘Mr’ Kean) in Richard III or Othello. It enables one to touch, as it were, the past of the magic world of theatre.”

You’re hearing that in his voice, aren’t you? Don’t lie.





[Photo Credit: The Lady Magazine]

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  • AllForUSophia

    Guilty as charged!

    • jen_vasm

      I call foul! You guys totally set up up with that quote!

  • Danielle

    Great, now I’m pregnant. Thanks, uncles.

  • decormaven

    Wasn’t The Lady the publication referenced in Downton Abbey to advertise for a lady’s maid? I digress; I love that he’s holding what appears to be a rare collectible book. That makes it for me.

    • majorbedhead

      You are correct.

      • May Wung

        They still do. They refer to them as ‘Companions’.

        • foodycatAlicia

          A lady’s maid and a companion are different roles.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Yes – and its offices are over the road and down a bit from The Garrick.

    • Judy_S

      Not just any book–a play.

  • NinaBoo

    There’s no other way to read it but with his voice resonating.

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  • Selkiechick

    With those blonde locks, he looks like he ought to take a crack at playing that other famous English detective… Lord Peter Wimsey.

    • majorbedhead

      Oh, that would be a thousand types of wonderful.

    • VioletF.

      ooooo….yes, please!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Since there are multiple adaptations of Jane Austen’s works, and multiple Sherlock Holmes, I’m up for a new Lord Peter Wimsey-as long as Mr. Cumberbatch plays him. That would be delicious!

    • H2olovngrl

      Oh! That is some nice casting! Very well done!

    • julnyes

      Edward Petherbridge is my Wimsey, but BC is one of the few actors I would take a chance on in that role. The more people exposed to the delightful Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, the better!

    • Kitkat

      Mm, especially holding the book. His nose is a bit too short, but other than that I think you’re pretty spot on!

      Now who would play Harriet to his Peter?

  • Kate4queen

    The Lady is a really old magazine it’s been around since 1880 something. It was where ‘one’ went to find ‘one’s’ domestic servants and nannies. I bet the Downton Abbey folks advertised for staff in there!

  • Cele Deemer

    He’s MOST excellent. Sigh.

  • jwatt85

    Nothing about him, absolutely nothing, does it for me. He’s a phenomenal actor, phenomenal, but he definitely doesn’t make me want to take off anything for him.

    • Denise Alden

      With ya.

    • Imasewsure

      How about if he just reads to you and rubs your feet? That’ll work!

    • swanpride

      Yeah, exactly my sentiment…he is very charismatic and all that, certainly a great actor (though I think that Freeman is even better) but his looks do nothing for me.

    • Ms_Flyover

      I suppose if I just listened to him on the radio. But he’s one of those actors that makes me want to invite him to dinner parties or pubs to have long conversations rather than back to my hotel room.

      Dear God, I just put him in the same category as Stephen Fry.

  • jen

    I need to subscribe to this magazine IMMEDIATELY!! Also, nice cover Cumby.

  • majorbedhead

    Ahhhhh. Happy now.

  • GorgeousThings

    Oh hell, I could listen to him recite the phonebook and have to fan myself after just a few minutes.

  • NoveltyRocker

    I’m hearing it in a wee lil’ Oliver Twist voice.

  • Luneowl

    He just did an AMA on Reddit today. This exchange is most noteworthy:

    hcml11: “Do you, Matt Smith, and Tom Hiddleston have cheek bone polishing parties?”

    Cumberbatch: “We like nothing better than buffing our Zygoma. And imagining a horny time traveling long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth nordic legend fuck fantasy. Get to work on that, internet.”

    • nowlo

      I would dearly love to hear him say that out loud in that plummy accent.

    • terpsichory

      So, ‘buffing my zygoma’ is an official euphemism, now?

    • gabbilevy

      God he’s perfect.

    • formerlyAnon

      Well, he has read some of his show’s fanfic, obviously.

      (Edited for clarity.)

    • eurotiales

      I was wondering if I was going to have to post that link. So glad someone got to it!

    • Ms_Flyover

      Ok, so my interest in him (intellectually, at least) just shot up.

  • MilaXX

    Sausage Friday has been saved!

    • H2olovngrl


  • marlie

    I totally heard that in his voice. Rowr.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Lord God Almighty, that boy is so. damned. fine.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Not just his voice, but his voice as Khan. Don’t get the appeal of his looks, but he does have a mighty impressive voice.

    • Daxx2513

      I was just re-watching an old episode of a science program where he provides the narrative “voice” for Steven Hawking. Starts out with Mr. Hawking’s computer “voice” and then slips into Mr. Cumberbatch’s warm tones.

  • cocohall

    He does nothing for me, in fact, I find his face is so unusual it distracts me from his acting. How did that particular set of features all end up together? But my fifteen year old daughter says it is ALL about the voice.

    • algaechick

      I thought there was something a tad odd about his looks. Until I watched an episode of Sherlock. Now he’s swoon-inducing every time I see him. A combination of his looks, his voice, his *presence*.

      • Clair Ellis

        It really does require watching Sherlock to fully understand and appreciate Beney.

      • cocohall

        I tried. I watched several episodes with my daughter. The one about the taxi cab driver/serial killer creeped me out, but did not fan even the tiniest flame for Mr. Cumby. My daughter says that he is her generation’s Alan Rickman. His hair apparently is nearly as important as the voice. She gives thumbs up to Star Trek hair, a little less enthused about Sherlock hair, and apparently so horrified by the Julian Assange blond fright wig that she will not see the movie.

        • not_Bridget

          It’s not just “her” generation…..

        • Gatto Nero

          Alan Rickman will always be my Alan Rickman.

    • GillianHolroyd

      The first time I watched him enough to form an opinion was “Atonement” and brother, I avoided seeing him in anything after that for *years*, he was so creepy. I debated about whether to watch Sherlock and I’m glad I did (and I’ll see anything Star Trek) but I still have to fight a momentary revulsion. That’s talent.

      • cocohall

        I feel slightly better knowing that he can be an acquired taste. Given my daughter’s crush (most of her friends are also on board) I suspect I will have many opportunities to work through my “issues.” He is a funny interview. I will give him that!

      • gefeylich

        Ha. i was fascinated by him years ago when he was in “To the Ends of the Earth.” I was instantly fascinated (his self-possession was something to behold) but not attracted at all. THAT came with “Sherlock,” the voice, the overcoat and the dark curly locks. Hoo boy.

        One of my friends calls him the “life ruiner.” Indeed.

  • queenceleste

    This guy is so posh he makes the Queen look like a scrubber. Cover boy for The Lady??? And talking about going to the Garrick Club with his dad???? Oh, and that school he went to was Harrow, of course.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Not really. The Garrick is the actor’s club, his parents are both jobbing actors. They sent him to Harrow because they didn’t want him to be an actor. He’s upper middle class but not seriously posh.

  • formerlyAnon

    Jesus, his voice. Best thing about him.

    One of life’s mysteries is that he doesn’t strike that chord with me, even though, in appearance, he really ought to. Hits just about every one of the physical peculiarities upon which I tend to dote.

    I *am* willing to hang around with him for an afternoon and see if the magic works in person. Just, um, For Science.

  • quiltrx

    Mmm, that perfect flop of blonde hair…just waiting for me to thoroughly muss it with my fingers all through it. Mmm.
    We need to come up with a name for this British (or otherwise sophisticated, slightly wispy-looking fellow) version of ‘Blue Steel’. You know, that look like they want to climb in the tub with you and read you some Lord Byron.

  • H2olovngrl

    Now we’re talkin! Been waiting for this aaaaalllllllllllllll day!

  • Clair Ellis

    This man is so delicious! I can’t wait for the next season of Sherlock.

  • Ash Takarai

    OMG finally one on BC! It was orgasmic just reading the lines

  • Jessica

    My mum got her first job at 16 by replying to an ad in The Lady. She was a Nanny for a family in Wimbledon. They still advertise in the back for Nannys/au pairs, housekeepers etc. I think it was a way “nice” girls could find jobs.

    • GillianHolroyd

      When I lived in London one winter, all my (traveling) buddies were getting jobs via The Lady. It was a great resource.

  • madscntst

    Not only am I hearing it in his voice, in my mind, he’s spooning vanilla ice cream into my mouth as he says it.

  • JP


    I’ll be in my bunk.

  • gefeylich

    Don’t love his natural gingery auburn hair (makes him look too upper class twit-y). He’s much more…affecting with dark hair.

    Of course I heard his voice while reading this. Please.

  • tixilyttik

    I know I’m one of the few people who just does not get what is so great about this guy yet.

  • Kay Watkins

    TOTALLY hearing it in his voice!

  • Rachel S.

    He looks like an alien cat.

    He’s only ever attractive to me as Sherlock.

    • NinjaCate

      He’s never attractive to me. He looks like the villain of every movie. His voice is smexy as hell though.

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  • SEPA_Q

    You called that one! Love the vest and pushed-up sleeves look. Quote was manna to a theatre geek librarian! If you haven’t seen him on Jimmy Fallon doing an impression of Alan Rickman reciting rap lyrics…. get thee to youtube!

  • Frank Lithium

    Cum on my baps please.