Cover Boy: Benedict Cumberbatch for GQ Russia

Posted on December 20, 2013

Internet Boyfriend of 2013 Benedict Cumberbatch serves up his special brand of curious-but-intense otter face for GQ Russia.



Benedict Cumberbatch covers the latest issue of GQ Russia magazine.

He’s charismatic like a model, we’ll give him that. There’s very little going on visually with this cover, but he makes that camera lens his bitch.


[Photo Credit: GQ Russia]

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  • 8daysaweek

    I don’t usually find him very attractive but this is working for me.
    Do I have to call myself a Cumberbitch now?

    • formerlyAnon

      I’m attributing it to photo-manipulation. (Effing BRILLIANT photo-manipulation) so I’m taking it as an evanescent blessing. And even if this new stew ‘o feels remains, no-one has to self identify as such a silly name. No one over 19, anyway. The rules may be different amongst the young.

      • Nicole

        The photo was actually taken by Annie Lebovitz for the September issue of Vogue. I don’t know how much retouching goes on with her work, but the staging/clothes/pose are most of the brilliance of her work.

    • Kathy

      He grabbed my attention the first time I saw him, in Amazing Grace, but wow this casual scruffy look is dreamy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him like this before. God bless us everyone, and Happy Sausage Friday!

    • SugarSnap108

      This was my reaction exactly. I’ve honestly never gotten his appeal. Here, however … Is it the five-o’clock shadow/brooding combo?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      His looks have never done much for me, his voice on the other hand….

      • Nicholas

        How has he not narrated 500 audiobooks by now?

        • formerlyAnon

          Time. He works a lot.

        • NinaBoo

          Search “Benedict Cumberbatch Jaguar commercial” on YouTube. The way he says, “aluminium” melts me.

          • Nicholas

            I found the Tumblr blog benedictcumberbatchreadingthings, which has some great samples.

            Maybe he’ll be in the league of Sir Christopher Lee some day—someone has to carry that torch.

      • Vaniljekjeks

        I’m not a fangirl of his, but I will say this: I am a huge reader, and whenever there is a male character with a sexy deep voice, I read it in his voice. Grrr.

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        • Elizabeth Phillips

          I like Cumberband, but that’s because I always think of him in a tux, with a cummerbund.

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      Think someone on here mentioned Cumber Cookie. Now you’re part of the ‘batch.

    • MemHey

      In interviews he has suggested “Cumberbabe” or “the Cumbercollective”. As I understand it, the man is not fond of the coarse name his fans have chosen for themselves.

    • KC

      I think he hates the term “Cumberb*tch”, he thinks its degrading to his fans. I think the new term is “Cumbercookie” so you’re part of a “Cumberbatch”.

  • foodycatAlicia

    This is much more attractive than I usually find him! It’s pleasingly post-coital.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      He still serves me alien teas, but it’s more like “alien who’s been on Earth for a while.” So…not bad. He definitely should forget about being blonde like, ever again.

      • Jacob Bowen

        EXACTLY. He is like pretty alien who I’m not attracted to, but is interesting to look at.

    • ConnieBV

      “Pleasingly post-coital” hits it on the head. He never did it for me, and frankly is not traditionally attractive or even ugly-pretty. But a man with confidence is attractive just on that alone. He knows he is bringing it. Well met, Sir.

  • Kristin

    I am perplexed. This is the Annie Liebovitz shot from the September Vogue. Nice to see it again, but how did it end up on the cover of GQ Russia?

    He’s gorgeous, of course, but that isn’t his eye color. For the record.

    • Scimommy

      It’s been… repurposed? To very good purpose?

      • Kristin

        Far be it from me to complain about Benedict on the cover of anything. :)

        Benedict should be on the cover of… my BED. Amirite? Terrible, terrible innuendo. Sorry. I can’t help myself.

  • formerlyAnon

    JESUS. Jesus line dancing fuck.

    I recant, everybody. I have NEVER gotten “the feels” from him despite his many perfectly-in-my-wheelhouse characteristics. And then. And THEN. This cover effing slays me. I RECANT.

    I don’t care if it’s photoshop manipulation and he never does it for me again. That was a really intense double take and waaay more fun than I’m used to having on the Internet. (Aaand I am sober I swear. No early holiday partying.)

    • Qitkat

      Sing it sister. OH. MY. GOD.

    • Coleen

      This is the first time I’ve had the Feels for him, too. Jeezy Creezie, he is fine.

    • Just Me

      Awww, so glad to know there is a CumberShot for everyone. *typing that made me feel a little dirty…oh well…can’t be card-carrying Bitter Kitten if you’re not willing to get a little dirty*

    • MartyBellerMask

      Did you see him reciting R. Kelly lyrics on the Jimmy Kimmel show?

  • marlie

    THIS. BCum looks pretty awesome. This might be my favorite picture of him so far. I love the scruff and the disheveled hair. The scruff actually gives the lower half of his face some much-needed efinition.

  • gabbilevy

    Oh man. This just shot to the top of my favorite Benny photos. Rugged is DEFINITELY his look.

  • Sarah

    I have no thing for the man, but he made an excellent and perfectly evil Smaug, so I give him all the props in the world for that.

    • formerlyAnon

      I totally expected to type something like that. But whatever they’ve done to his image in this photo, whatever accident of lighting and expression, has temporarily tipped me entirely on the other side of the fence. I suspect it’s temporary though.

    • marlie

      So do you recommend the movie?? I’m planning on going to see it with the guy next week.

      • foodycatAlicia

        I liked it, although I’ve decided that HFR leaves me cold and the extraneous elf is truly extraneous.

        • Sarah

          Oh she is, all right. And Legolas. I was hard pressed to explain how it was supposed to be to my fiancé, since he never read the books. (Who was there, then? If not her, then who? he asks. I was like JUST WATCH I’LL EXPLAIN LATER. Jeez.)

          • foodycatAlicia

            I thought too much retro-fitting of LotR foreshadowing, and I have iss-yews with the portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield.

          • Sarah

            He’s not nearly as much of a dick as they seem to make him want to come off, that’s for sure. Serious, yes, but hateful, no.

          • foodycatAlicia

            It’s to justify Bilbo’s horrendous behaviour later.

      • Sarah

        I adored the hell out of it. The HFR is truly awesome, IMO, and while the spider part freaked me out when I was a kid reading it, it didn’t come close to how freaky it was in 3D! I am one step below Colbert in my utter Tolkien fandom, though, so it’s probably not reasonable to expect anyone else to love it is much as I did :)

        • WendyD

          The spider part was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen on screen. It made the spiders from the LOTR films look like the spiders from the HP movies.

  • MilaXX

    Is he in the remake for Dune? Why did the photoshop his eyes so very blue?

  • mmebam

    I can’t with the peach fuzz on his upper lip.

  • boweryboy

    Nope. Y’all can have him.

  • Scimommy

    Aaand happy birthday to me! Hello!

    • marlie

      Happy Birthday!!

      • Scimommy

        Thank you!

    • foodycatAlicia

      Happy Birthday!

    • formerlyAnon

      Happy birthday to you, indeed!

    • KinoEye

      Happy day, birthday twin! TLo do love us, don’t they? This is one of the better Sausage Fridays in memory.

    • Scimommy

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, sweet bitter kittens! :)

  • thecitysleeps

    His face is just so fucking beautiful, I can’t. And not in a like conventional, pretty way but in a fascinating, there’s something there way.

    • Kristin

      Yes. Steven Moffatt called him “two degrees to the left of handsome.”

      His face is beautiful resting, but what he does with it when he’s animated? JFC, Benedict. I am just fangirling all over this thread today, aren’t I?

    • Clueless_Jock

      His face constantly changes too, and therein lies my bromantic fascination.

  • barbarienne

    So far this is one of the best Sausage Fridays ever!

    • marlie

      Tits McGee’s tits, Hugh Jackman in a bathing suit… This is a Sausage Friday to beat all Sausage Fridays. The only thing that could make it any better is if there’s some Idris Elba thrown in. And Hiddleston.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Hiddleston is doing a play in London – I am trying to persuade a friend to part with her subscription ticket.

        • formerlyAnon

          A friend in need is a friend indeed.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yeah. I am gonna have to go do actual work for a while, but I am sooo hoping there’s something of similar quality awaiting when I can next goldbrick. (How DID goldbricking become slang for loafing on the job? Anyone? I may have to consult the OED. (It does do Yank slang, if the slang of sufficient age, right?)

        edited for clarity

        • Qitkat

          Then I’m goldbricking too, and I’m at home. I have so damn much left to do for Christmas, and here I am, hanging with the BK’s. Awesome Sausage Friday.

  • Trickytrisha

    Actually, I like him with some scruff. Damn good pic here.

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  • TonyGo

    Those lips…now THAT’s a Cupid’s Bow.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Thanks. Now I’m all hot and bothered at work.

    The Cumberbatch is like the man equivalent of Inception, I’m convinced. This cover, especially the bedroom hair, is definitely giving me the feelings.

  • rkdgal

    The dark hair suits him, but I’d really like to see what he’d look like with his eyebrows darker, too. (Is that a case of the valances matching the drapes?)

    • WendyD

      He’s naturally auburn. His hair is dark like this when he’s been playing Sherlock.

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  • WendyD

    Loved this photo since it was in Vogue. I like to imagine he’s reclining on a leather sofa, with a book and a scotch on a table just out of frame, ready to read to me, who is curled up at the other end.
    It’s Christmas, a girl can dream.

  • Beardslee

    I love the way this man looks, but I think he needs a fair amount of that beautiful curly hair to balance out his face. His intriguing face. I’m watching Parade’s End right now – painful but really good.

    • not_Bridget

      Love the series–and I loved the book(s), as well. While you’re watching, check out poor “Potty” Perowne, one of Sylvia’s victims. That’s Tom Mison, who looks quite different as Ichabod Crane on Sleepy Hollow….

      • WendyD

        OOOH! Now I *need* to watch it again.

  • Synnamin

    Pretty sure his eyes aren’t that shade of blue (I know this, because I’ve spent countless hours staring into them. I have the color painted on my walls now)

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Well, Hello Comrade.

  • Aidan B

    Might be the best pic I’ve ever seen of him. He doesn’t normally do it for me, though I understand the fascination. His voice is more appealing to me than his looks, though. And he is very talented.

  • Carla_Charlton

    This was my palate cleanser after looking at the Justin Bieber post (which, by the way, was hilarious).

  • Linzenberg

    That look! That look is the look that you are given right after you and Sexual-Tension-Love-Interest have been horsing around and laughing, and then the laughter fades and things get quiet and comfortable-but-INTENSE, and he looks at you all serious and appreciative, and you can FEEL the magnetism drawing you two together before you kiss. THAT is this look, and THAT is the charisma of this photo. Charisma? You’re soaking in it!

  • J-Ko

    Oooo…can I be his bitch?!

  • d4divine

    I think he’s an incredible actor who’s a bit odd looking… it so works for him!

  • Anathema_Device

    I really enjoy him as an actor. He is so great onscreen. I never found him sexy in any way, but he is persuading me to change my mind in this photo.

  • jay

    The general rumpled-ness combined with the army green makes him look like a prisoner. A consensual prisoner, soon to be restrained in the dungeon I’m going to put together one day in my spare room. That may be overly specific. He doesn’t usually do it for me, but…oh my.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Good times.

  • majorbedhead

    *swoooooon* Good lawd, that is a fine, fine photo of my boyfriend. I may have to pull a Lane Turner and paper my bedroom walls.

  • MW


  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Shouldn’t that be makes that camera his Cumberbitch?

    Ba dum bum!

  • Fred Vaughn

    Blessed with face.

  • MannahattaMamma

    dang, sherlock, dang.

  • NinjaCate

    The internet’s boyfriend is Tom Hiddleston.

  • Gatto Nero

    Re: “curious-but-intense otter face” —
    you are geniuses.