Cover Boy: Benedict Cumberbatch for GQ UK Magazine

Posted on December 05, 2013

B Cum serves us his own idiosyncratic version of face for the cover of GQ UK.


Benedict Cumberbatch covers the January 2014 issue of GQ UK Magazine.

He always looks so annoyed with us.

Inside, they go the drearily expected route. We’re kind of surprised he even agreed to be dressed like this. Maybe he drew the line at an actual deerstalker cap and magnifying glass. Still, that’s a pretty great coat.





[Photo Credit: GQ UK Magazine]

Please review our Community Guidelines before posting a comment. Thank you!

  • foodycatAlicia

    OK, so Mandela has just died, so fussing about fashion may come off as insensitive but…

    The cover is serving up Scott of the Antarctic realness.

    • Sobaika

      Well, shit.

      • foodycatAlicia

        I’m glad for him in a way – he’s been so ill for so long. But what a loss for the world!

        • Sarah

          Oh, crap. That is some sad news. Commencing not feeling jokey anymore :(

        • formerlyAnon

          I’m with you, his passing is sad but when one has lived a long, full life and spends more days in hospital than out, with ever shorter stretches out, some people welcome it when the time comes to set the burden down. I’ve only ever witnessed it once, but I hope I will feel the same way at the end of my life. (Well, actually I hope I will drop dead instantly and painlessly in the midst of a healthy and vigorous life in my 90s – but you know what I meant.)

          • foodycatAlicia

            My mother just quoted John Donne, which seems apt “Virtuous men pass mildly away and whisper to their souls to go …”

            I spent a lot of time with my grandfather this summer, he’s 89 and really wants to go, but he’s lived too cleanly and there is nothing wrong with him. He can’t read any more and gets really confused and frightened but he’s so damn healthy. Setting down the burden can be very welcome.

          • YoungSally

            My aunt is a nun who works with the elderly and she says that if the mind goes, the body stays healthy and vice versa….it must be frustrating for your grandfather and all who know him.

          • foodycatAlicia

            That’s an amazing vocation. I have met nuns with a ministry to the dying and it is such a privilege to know people who take it on.

          • fashion4ever

            I love a Donne reference! Now everyone go read Sappho to Philaenis!

          • MilaXX

            I agree. It’s hard for the living, but it’s a kindness to let a loved one go in peace.

    • another_laura

      Curious about the ‘down’ votes – what’s the objection?

      • Sarah

        Feeling very sad about an incredible man’s passing is objectionable. I, for one, am totally ashamed.

        • formerlyAnon

          Heh. Where’s that sarcasm font when you need it?

          • Sarah

            I don’t know what the problem is, but mayhap someone thinks that the use of emoticons and vernacular on a fashion blog comments area is not the place for talking about a beloved world figure’s loss. But, if there’s one thing I know, you can’t choose the time or place that people will show grief, or how they do it. And maybe I am sarcastic and engage in lighthearted witticisms, but that doesn’t mean that my grief is any less real. So there.

        • Danielle

          How dare we mourn!

      • gabbilevy


      • foodycatAlicia

        Really bent out of shape with the Scott of the Antarctic reference?

        I dunno. I think Madiba was the greatest statesman Africa has produced so far, but he was 96 and ill and I wouldn’t want him to be prevented from moving on just because we need him.

        • foodycatAlicia

          Of course, I’ve realised that I was thinking of some of the pictures of Shackelton, not Scott, so maybe we have some Antarctic exploration purists amongst us?

          • formerlyAnon

            Heh. Odds against.

        • another_laura

          I liked your Scott of the Antarctic because I thought of the Monty Python sketch!

      • The Counselor

        I don’t know if there’s a way to remove the downvoting option, but if it must stay, I will just say that it really smacks of passive aggression to do it anonymously and not give any sort of explanation for oneself. (and I fully expect this comment to get downvoted)

        • formerlyAnon

          Doesn’t bother me. If someone disagrees with what I say & down votes but doesn’t care enough or have enough to say about that to comment, I can’t get terribly emotionally involved. I’ve only down voted two or three times, ever, but one was on a comment that I thought was so rude that I felt no need to leave my own comment explaining why I’d down voted.

          • The Counselor

            Well, that reason makes sense, and *is* often evident–I’m thinking of the less explicable ones (such as the ones earlier in this thread).

        • foodycatAlicia

          It always takes me by surprise a bit – but it isn’t something I get too upset about on this site because the Bitter Kittens and Precious Unborn Fawns are such excellent, respectful and educated conversationalists that the ones who actually matter will explain why they think you are an idiot. “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” as the saying goes.

        • PastryGoddess

          The whole not seeing who downvotes you is a Disqus issue that has been raised since they “upgraded” I think it feeds into the troll issue blogs have. I’ve downvoted things and would have no problem standing behind that decision if called on it.

      • Coolekat

        It’s easy to hit the wrong arrow on anything that has a touchpad. I’ve mistakenly voted down and had a hard time correcting. Probably a mistake. Go easy, sweet kittens.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Ben looks yummy on the cover and airbrushed in the suit and coat. I am sad that Mandela is dead but glad he’s no longer in pain.

  • veriance

    love him!

  • Blair Sylvester

    like the sweater but I am a sucker for chunky knits. Also GQ always seems so lazy to me

  • seelebrennt

    he’s perfect to play “stern headmaster.” hey B Cum, call me, i’m game.

  • Carla_Charlton

    He looks so aloof that I feel the need to scream — I LOVE YOU LOVE ME

  • Maggie

    He looks ever so Sherlock in that second photo. Can’t wait for series 3 to start up next month! Finally!

  • Sarah

    Isn’t Bandysnitch usually quite slim in appearance? That suit is making him look very thick.

    • barbarienne

      I think he would have to gain about 50 lbs before he started to edge out of “slender.” Especially while carrying around that spectacular face.

      • foodycatAlicia

        He would have to put a lot of cotton wool in those cheeks before those bones lost their edge.

    • kimmeister

      It’s totally the posture. Apparently they told him to pose as if he were impersonating a pregnant woman?

    • lunchcoma

      Wrapping someone in a dozen layers of tweed will do that!

  • Sarah

    1. That vest is making him look decidedly portly and he is anything but.
    2. He’s a funny looking bugger but still sexy as all get out, and he is rocking the fuck out of that cover.

    • marlie

      Agree with you wholeheartedly about #2.

  • Nicholas

    Does he hunt pheasants inside the magazine?

  • frannyprof

    B Cum. OMG.

  • Veronika Pashkina

    that cover photo is the first time I’ve found him even remotely attractive, tbh

  • LadyCelia

    That coat is fabulous.

  • Veronika Pashkina

    that cover photo is the first time I’ve found him remotely attractive, tbh.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I just leaned into the screen and almost licked it. My love for Benny is unwavering.

  • Scimommy

    He does not look annoyed! He looks… grave. Like an old, weary soul. Love the sweater, but the top-to-bottom tweed is a bit much, yeah. I do wonder if he had any say in it whatsoever…

  • Victoria Pavlova

    Cover shot is really, really good. That coming from a person really, really annoyed by the amount of attention given to the guy and number of roles he’s currently in.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yeah, but did they ever-so-slightly “adjust” the shape and angle of his eyes?

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I never found him attractive until I watched Sherlock. Now I cannot get enough of him. Is B Cum a pronouncement of his? “Be….now come.” I would fall prey to his command.

  • misstressofsylar

    My Benedict doesn’t have a pot belly! What travesty is this?

  • MilaXX

    I’m surprised they went so literal with this shoot. He looks good, but I’d wish they’d let some of the personality I’ve seen in his chat show appearances shine through.

  • formerlyAnon

    He has a dreadfully interesting face, my favored build, nice hands and a great voice. So I’ve looked at him with, well, attention – even more so because I can’t figure out why he does nothing for me, in “that” way. Prologue by way of saying: Did they ever so slighty “adjust” his eyes on the cover? I say they did.

    If so, what is the deal? His slightly odd eyes are THE defining feature of his look, as far as I’m concerned – the thing that sets him off from the entirely conventionally attractive.

    • boweryboy

      I’m right there with you. On paper, everything about his appearance should get my motor running, but when I see him in photos, nothing. Nada. Zilch.

      • foodycatAlicia

        He needs to be animated. In still shots even the shape of that top lip doesn’t work for me, but in motion, there is a certain something…

        • boweryboy

          Nope. Not even in motion. He does nothing for me which is too bad. I look at his face and it’s all there – all the things I find attractive in guys (I’m a sucker for the nerdy types), but somehow it doesn’t coalesce for me.

    • another_laura

      You read (and wrote) my mind, re an “adjustment.” I went back to some T Lo pics on the red carpet and it looks like a different face, here. Weirdness.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    That suit looks terrible on him! Take it off, take it all off. NOW!!!

  • KT

    B Cum… I guess that’s what you would call cutting to the chase.

  • GorgeousThings

    Did anyone catching him reading the lyrics to “Genius” on Jimmy Kimmel? HYSTERICAL!!!!

    • formerlyAnon

      He IS hysterical in interviews. I hope he came late enough to the overwhelming level of fame that seems to drive celebrities to live inside a manufactured and usually rather “safe” public persona that the personality he displays now doesn’t disappear.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Have a look at the buzzfeed of things we learnt from his twitter Q&A. Includes gif of him pinching Martin Freeman’s bum. Funny and endearing.

    • MilaXX

      I couldn’t get pass my distaste for R. Kelly to watch.

      • formerlyAnon

        I suspect this means you have more integrity than I do! I am (to vastly understate) not an R. Kelly fan.

        I saw the bit online later, both because I don’t watch Kimmel except by accident and because I wouldn’t want to watch one on which R. Kelly appeared.

        • MilaXX

          I am not so virtuous, I have seen all fifty-eleven chapters of Locked in the Closet. I just decided I’m not going to give him attention anymore.

          • formerlyAnon

            I admit I thought that was a really interesting concept that could have had layers that in the end (not the actual end, the five or 6 chapters I tried to follow) I didn’t find.

            Not, of course, that it was aimed at my demographic, so, no surprise.

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            I prefer Weird Al’s “Trapped in The Drive-thru.” Tolerable absurdity.

  • GorgeousThings

    And yes, as sad as I am to hear that Nelson Mandela has passed, we must appreciate that his was a life truly well lived, and his presence on this planet enriched humanity.

  • PaperPusher2

    I thought I had seen every iteration of his name, but BLESS YOU for B Cum. I almost expelled from my nostrils the hot chocolate I had been drinking. And if you don’t mind, I will also be using it from now on.

  • International Model

    Looking annoyed is the go-to for Brits when they want to be sexy. Why does it work so well for America?

  • TrooperSchaf

    I just came home from a screening of Frankenstein where he played the
    creature. That guy is incredible in his role… and it is such a
    difference from this cover, it is almost unsettling.

    • MilaXX

      The Aaron Eckhart movie? Any good? The previews looked interesting.

      • TrooperSchaf

        Some cinemas in Germany screen theatre plays from the national theatre in London. It was a stageplay, just on screen, and it was amazing. Funny enough, there were 2 Sherlocks on stage: Cumberbatch from Sherlock and Miller from Elementary :)

        • foodycatAlicia

          They alternated the roles each night, one playing Frankenstein and one playing the monster. It’s one I really wish I’d seen!

          • julnyes

            I lucked out and saw both versions at a screening here in New York. They were both excellent, but I thought Benedict’s monster was superb.

        • terpsichory

          My friend opted out because of the storm warnings but no kind of weather could have kept me from the cinema tonight. Next time I’ll ask around here if someone needs a ticket.

    • terpsichory

      Me too! What a magnificent performance! SO glad they re-broadcasted it.

      I wonder whether they ever filmed a Cumberbatch-as-Victor/JLM-as-creature version. I would have loved to see and compare both versions. Alas, I’m happy I got to enjoy one of them.

      • Jonquil

        They did! I saw that one.

      • julnyes

        They did. It was really interesting to see how they each interpreted the part.

        The only sour note was the actor who played Frankenstein’s Father – he was AWFUL.

      • WendyD

        I’ve seen them both in the theater as well. He’s fantastic in both. When he plays V. Frankenstein you get to revel in his natural auburn curls. And oh to have seen the production on stage. When playing the Monster, the regular stage production was done au naturel. The “diaper” was only for the filmed versions.

  • kimmeister

    In the 2nd picture, it looks like they did something to the color to match his brows to the suit.

    • snarkykitten

      yeah it’s weird O_o

  • Laura Renee

    In the cover, he looks like his head’s attached to a snake wearing a sweater.

    • kimmeister

      Well, they are cold-blooded, after all.

    • not_Bridget

      He studied reptiles at the zoo to prepare for playing Smaug…

  • boweryboy

    B Cum!? I had to step away from my computer because I was laughing so hard.

    There’s a guy in my office who looks like he could be B Cum’s younger, cuter brother. Lanky, big fofo, big hair, ginger, and an incongruously deep voice. I find him weirdly attractive, yet not B Cum.

    • sagecreek

      BCum was inspired, wasn’t it? *a toast to the unks*

    • formerlyAnon

      Well, someone scenic in the workplace is always a plus. At least you’ve got that. 😉

  • Mismarker

    I may just be the only hetero woman in the world who does not find this man attractive.

    • formerlyAnon

      Nope. I’m even worse: He pings almost every one of the things that makes a man physically attractive to me, and yet: nothing. Nada. Zilch. Not even a flutter.

      (I will say, now that I’ve seen/heard him being both extremely silly and dryly humorous in interviews, I suspect I’d change my tune if I actually knew him. Humor is magic.)

      • Mismarker

        Humor is magic, isn’t it? Hmmmm. I’ve found him so utterly unappealing that I haven’t bothered to watch or read any of his interviews. Maybe that’s the problem.

    • sagecreek

      Trust me, you aren’t. The appeal escapes me.

    • Trickytrisha

      Not attractive to me, but intriguing.

    • tinyredlocks

      You are not the only one.

    • Eva_baby

      You know, me neither. But then he talks. And then I do. Looking at these pictures…nothing. I watch him say something and then I’m all ‘Well, hello there, Mr. Sexy.’

    • conniemd

      Me either. Not my type. I prefer scruffy looking bad boys, not stuffy aristocratic looking Englishmen.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    Hi Boyfriend. can i borrow your coat? im cold…

  • Tanya Wade

    Look, I am not a super fan but even I can admit – boy can rock a cabled turtleneck. That is doctorate level turtleneck wearin’!

  • All_Hail_Great_Satin

    I love Benedict Cumberbatch, but damn this styling is boring. GQ is so lame.

  • Imasewsure

    For once (I am a huge fan) I’m ignoring the face and just enjoying the clothes. Best that way really

  • Shawn EH

    His hair looks okay, that’s a plus. Can Prada please call and rescue him?

  • decormaven

    Really love the color and sheen of the tie in the suit shot; also the chunky knit in the cable sweater in the cover.

  • LadyBossyBoots

    Thank you TLo, for pinpointing why I love this man beyond all reason. He has the male equivalent of chronic bitchface. As a co-sufferer of the feminine type, I feel we should work together to promote awareness and have many annoyed looking children.

  • Jonquil

    I can’t with this man. I’m beginning to form a conspiracy theory that Benedict Cumberbatch was genetically engineered to make me super horny so that I would be unable to use my brain to its full potential and can, therefore, be easily controlled by the powers that be. There’s no other explanation for why I am so gaga over him.

    • Kathy

      Either that, or he has pheromones that transcend obstacles like space and time. Said pheromones don’t work on everyone, but I myself go all boingy boingy boingy bing.

  • az67

    This almost doesn’t even feel like Sherlock drag after one’s seen Parade’s End. He’s serving (slightly) pot-bellied English aristocrat realness.

    • not_Bridget

      He’s said he really loved playing Tietjens….

  • sienna elm

    B Cum…still laughing!!!

  • MK03

    Sorry, Cumberbitches. I just don’t see the appeal.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Yeah, that cover’s totally doing it for me, as is the stern headmaster fantasy. I still wouldn’t call myself a card-carrying Cumberbitch but I became a believer when I saw him do a dramatic reading of R. Kelly’s Genius on Jimmy Kimmel.

    If you haven’t seen it, imagine that voice of his saying, “Go to sleep. And when we wake up, Ima hit that thing again. Promise.”

  • Alexis Boucher

    It’s all so tweedy and… expectedly British. Nothing wrong with it, but would it kill them to put him in some leathers with aviator shades? Turn him into a bad boy with a motorcycle you don’t want to tell your parents about.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love tweed, I will never complain about more tweed, specially in cold seasons.

    (I want to own and wear a feminine version of that coat)

  • julnyes

    Knit porn
    coat porn
    cheekbone porn
    aristocratic brit porn

    It is all working for me, except the weird belly out posing.

  • marlie

    That cover shot! He’s such a striking man. It’s weird to say, but he has a strangely beautiful face. I like the second picture; the first thing that came to mind for me was “English country gentleman,” and that seems to suit him.

    • mshesterp

      Definitely…I don’t think you can call him “handsome” per se, but striking is a terrific adjective. That cover is all kinds of wonderful.

  • Heather

    “B Cum” is like a sexting thing, isn’t it?

  • Fred Vaughn

    It still made me look. That counts for a shit-ton!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Lick. Lick Lick his face.

  • Kikishua

    On my monitor, the colour of his eyebrows (2nd pic) matches the colour of the tweed. Which takes male accessorising to a whole new plane…