Benedict Cumberbatch at the DreamWorks Animation Press Line

Posted on July 25, 2014

Here’s your B Cum, fangurls; once again, dressed like a dorky suburban dad:

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This should, by all rights, kill all ladyboners in a 400-mile radius. But the fangurl is a hardy creature and her passion-filled fantasies will not be abated by Pop-Pop shoes and a giant penguin.





[Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • RussellH88

    This is otterly underwhelming.

  • gabbilevy

    Yeah, but can we talk about how great The Imitation Game looks?!

    • lunchcoma

      So glad that script finally got made into a movie. It’s been floating around for years, and it’s supposedly great.

    • Brandon Taylor

      Movie about a queer mathematician who saved the world with sheer brilliance. Like, I should be stoked, but the mutilated kitten-face up there makes me queasy.

    • formerlyAnon

      The teasers I’ve seen make me think I’m going to cry. They make it look like they do not soft-pedal the anguish of having your sexual identity deemed illegal by your government.

      • sk8tfan

        Not to mention saving the nation and being chemically castrated as a thank you.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yup and yup.

  • Glam Dixie

    I. don’t. get. it.

    • Stacy C

      I hear ya. In pictures, he does nothing. On screen however.. he’s mesmerizing.

  • He could have pulled it off with that shirt tucked into a decent pair of jeans. But, yeah, the Dad down the street for sure.

    • Even if the pants were just fitted better this wouldn’t have been half bad for the venue at least. With different shoes of course.

    • Rhonda Shore

      no to the tucked in shirt.

  • James

    Also fanboys. It’s SDCC, so he is comfy. I hope The Imitation Game takes off, it looks fantastic, so that we’ll get to see him doing the awards circuit in nice formal wear.

  • joancarol

    “Pop Pop shoes” You never fail to kill me!

  • In addition to looking like a dork he’s making the mistake of being a Pointer Sister. We see the penguin, Benedict.

    • Rhonda Shore

      But that’s what gives this picture character and makes it funny.

      • I can’t sanction pointing. If they were high fiving or something that would be cute, but the “pointing at the person I’m standing with as though I am surprised and awed to find myself in the same room as them” pose needs to be put to bed.

        • Rhonda Shore

          I see your “point.” But since he’s not pointing at an actual person, i think it’s silly in a good way.

        • Scimommy

          Benedict always points. It’s his thing. I’d start worrying if he DIDN’T point at the penguin. Whether that makes it better or worse – I guess I don’t know. I think the pointing is cute.

        • Judy_S

          I have an idea that the pointing evolved from posing for photos or selfies with fans. If the other person is cropped out of the photo, you still know that person is there, because Benedict is pointing at him/her. It gives the photo context. I think it is supposed to read precisely as you say–“Wow! Look who I’m with!”–with at least the amount of sincerity involved in, say, asking the name of a person before signing an autograph for that person. It has become a bit of a joke, though.

    • jen_vasm

      For a half of a second, I though he was flipping of the penguin. That’s one long index finger.

  • MK03

    Sorry, but I have never seen the appeal and this certainly doesn’t help.

  • Thomas

    Is it me or do his eyes look set really far apart? Great actor though.

    • Mr. J.

      As a friend pointed out….he looks like a space alien. I like him….but I don’t get IT.

      • giddypony

        Yes, and he must have a telescopiing neck – why is it so freaking LOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG

        • All three of these comments are grounds for banning. Please don’t make critical assessments of people’s looks.

      • Thomas

        I don’t get the appeal either, but to each their own!

        • boweryboy

          I don’t find him attractive as well, but the appeal is his voice. Legions of lady fans (and some men fans too) imagine that voice saying very naughtu things to them…

        • boweryboy

          I don’t find him attractive as well, but the appeal is his voice. Legions of lady fans (and some men fans too) imagine that voice saying very naughty things to them…

          • Thomas

            He’s like the opposite of a Ryan Lochte.

          • Jacob Bowen

            That may be the best description of him EVER. Give Ryan Lochte BCum’s voice and yes, it would be perfection.

          • Thomas

            Well, I think Ryan Lochte would need more than his voice though. Like some intelligence. I don’t think he’s capable of holding a conversation other than, “Jeah!”

          • Jacob Bowen

            Haha, that is also true, but I wouldn’t really need him to think that much…he wouldn’t be staying more than a day or two.

          • demidaemon

            Truth be told, I don’t even think Lochte is that great looking. The need for a massive IQ transfusion just seals the deal as to “NO, NEVER” for me.

          • eight_of_nine

            Or a David Beckham.

          • demidaemon

            Wow. Well said.

    • Laura Abrahamsen

      It’s like he’s a male Kate Hudson. Eyes on the sides of their heads, like horses.

  • Scimommy

    I think I’ve lost the ability to see what he is wearing. Take that as you will.

    • Sarah

      Me too! All I see is a hot, sexy man. B. Cum and Hiddles are my jam.

      • scoobynacks

        Speaking of Hiddles, surely he’s coming to Comic-Con. Right? Right??

  • JauntyJohn

    Clean, well shaven (though I’m a fan of beards in many cases, just not the NECK beards) all the clothes fit correctly, pants not weirdly super long, snazzy bit of rich color in his shirt — especially considering this is a photo call for voice over work, I think a lot of dude stars could take a page from this book.
    Dad? Maybe. But I don’t see dorky so much as adorkable. (sorry, that word is often hiddy, but here I think it fits.)

    • Anna

      Agreed, it’s venue -appropriate for promoting Penguins of Madagascar. Also: unlike certain $46 million-earning actors, there are no stains on his clothes.

      • MartyBellerMask

        So true. Effort was put in. A minimum of effort. But really, considering the venue, he could have gotten away with just about anything.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Yes, and seasonally appropriate. too. Not a fangurl, but glad to see someone properly dressed and appearing to have some fun at this kind of photo op.

    • janiceproudypy

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  • lunchcoma

    He’s adorable and the penguin only adds to his appeal, but my dorky suburban dad has snappier ensembles than this. And my dorky suburban dad is old enough to be Benedict’s dad.

  • Crystal

    I just don’t get it. I think he’s talented but I don’t get why so many people get their fallopian tubes in a twist over this dude.

  • crash1212

    I forgive any sartorial missteps because that last picture is giving me life.

  • hughman

    That penguin looks familiar… blue eye shadow by Mary Kay, shoes by Aldo. Hmm…

    • Glam Dixie

      Probably works at Red Robin.

      • rh33


  • marlie

    There’s nothing remarkable about this look (though it’s perfectly fine for the event), but I still find him so utterly charming that I don’t really care what he’s wearing.

  • WendyD

    As a Cumberbatch devotee, I love the blue shirt! He’s not a fashion icon when he’s not being dressed to the nine’s for a red carpet. The guy has so few pieces of his own clothing that a certain slice of his fan base can tell when he gets something new.
    And I think that blue shirt is new…

  • rkdgal

    If that’s the dad down the street, I’m moving to that neighborhood! (My neighbors barely wear pants.)

    • sk8tfan

      Hottest dad at the corner bocce ball game.

  • skitzfiggitous

    All pictures of him should be accompanied by an audio file of his voice. Otherwise, you just have… This.

  • &theJets

    He is so cute, and the way he dresses makes him seem totally approachable, you know what I mean?

  • W. Frame

    it’s fine. he can still meet me in the shed.

  • histrogeek

    Tuck in your shirt. I am a middle-aged dad (urban though, yo) and can manage that. It doesn’t make you look casual to leave that shirt untucked; it makes you look like a slob.

  • SugarSnap108

    I’ve never found him physically attractive. But I have a soft spot for dorks, and his lack of fashion sense and willingness to pose with penguins charms me.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I love the guy, but this is like, tofu sausage.
    That said, Cumberbatch & Malkovich as cartoon animals? I’ll be there opening weekend.

    • serenab44

      HA! As a vegetarian I especially appreciate the expression. I will humbly borrow it from time to time.

  • I’m not mad at it. Kowolski, status report!

  • imspinningaround

    Nothing he’s wearing is doing him any favors.

    T&Lo, may I respectfully request that you please refrain from using that…portmanteau? I really don’t want to say it.

    • You don’t have to read our posts out loud, you know.

      • formerlyAnon

        I laughed out loud, though.

  • Akemi

    See, this is why I only find him attractive as Sherlock. (Because somebody else dresses him)

  • Carolyne

    “Did you ever feel like the world is a tuxedo and you’re a pair of brown shoes?” said George Gobel about 50 years ago, but BenCum shoulda paid attention.

    • rh33

      Anyone who knows who George Gobel is, gets extra points.

  • Bexxx

    Why, y’all, why? I like, aggressively don’t get it. I just want better for all of you.

    • Accept that not all people have the same tastes and move on.

  • prisma


  • another_laura

    All he needs is to be holding a pipe and a golf club bag to be my dad. 50 years ago, that is.

  • ghdgirl

    He’s gorgeous. End of story. I don’t give a toss what he wears.

  • He looks like an alien. But it’s ComicCon – he fits right in. Besides, I reserve my lady boner for Sherlock Cumberbatch. That’s the greatest Cumberbatch of all what with that dark long wavy hair and brooding face. Nice.

    • MartyBellerMask

      The SCARF.

  • Super_Red

    Okay, but the penguin is adorable. He just seems like he would genuinely be fun.

  • Brandon Taylor

    Pardon me while I vomit.

  • OffToSeeHim

    “Her passion-filled fantasies will not be abated by Pop-Pop shoes and a giant penguin…” Uh, yeah they will.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I have never seen the appeal of this man until the penguin picture. Although that picture really does sell the “suburban dad” look.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’d like to cuddle that penguin. He’s a cutie.

  • Miss wks

    i’d strap one on for him….

  • msdamselfly

    Love to see him looking so relaxed

  • Moni

    Just once, I would love to see a Cumberbatch post unaccompanied by all the “I just don’t get it” and “he looks like an alien” comments that inevitably follow. So very tiresome. Everyone has different tastes — we get it. As for this outfit, it’s not my favorite, but I think it’s getting the job done for this particular venue and event. That color of blue is fantastic on him. I kind of like the shoes, although TLo’s “pop pop shoes” comment is cracking me up.

    • not_Bridget

      Yeah, it’s fine to critique his clothing choices–which are sometimes odd. But, since when is bone structure worthy of hate? Cumberbatch is a chameleon–and truly one of the best actors going. Willing to appear a nonentity, really grotesque–or heart-stoppingly beautiful. In real life, he’s rather bright for an actor.

      The look is OK for Comic Con–where dorks are “in.” TLo know how to criticize with charm & humor. Because they’ve already indicated that they “get” his talent. (Not so good with American accents, but nobody’s perfect.)

    • We deleted the majority of them and banned several people for taking their dislike too far, but I agree with you. It’s tiresome.

      • Moni

        Thank you, Uncles. 🙂

  • I’m a dorky suburban mom, so it totally works for me.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Well, if I could get my father to wear this I would be THRILLED! My dad ONLY wears khaki pants and won’t wear ANY color. He is so stubborn. We went shorts shopping in June and he would only get khaki/dark green/dark blue. I TRIED for a lighter blue or even a gray with a tiny very light square and he resisted instantly.

    • My mom is stubborn like that. Well, she doesn’t wear khaki pants, but she only wears black or very dark clothes (she’s not goth or punk) because she thinks she’s ginormous in every other color. I tried to explain to her that silhouette and proportions are more important than the color, but she doesn’t want to listen.

      • marlie

        Show her this site (well, the successful looks) for inspiration!

        • According to her, celebrities are not real people. They can wear/do whatever they like – wear crazy clothes (clothes that are not black), kiss people of the same sex… “Normal” people can’t do that.

          • marlie

            Wow. I can see how it might be challenging to get her to try a new look. Good luck. 🙁

      • demidaemon

        I have a similar problem with my mother, although she feels that brown is not her color. I keep on trying though.

  • nannypoo

    Head to toe dorkiness with a large bird. Can’t get hotter than that.

  • Irene Palma

    This man’s appeal totally confuses me.

  • alyce1213

    There’s something about this that is so guileless, that I love it. I mean he’s wearing clothes, not fashion – CLOTHES. Just like you and me.

  • cocohall

    I think, given the event, he can be forgiven for this look. The shoes suggest that he knows he is going to be standing and posing for photos/signing autographs, and he is being kind to his feet. Comic Con has people dressed in full character regalia, nerds, geeks (they are DIFFERENT, according to my daughter) and a huge age range from kids to seniors. I think pretty much ANYTHING goes. My daughter is a total CumberCookie and if she could be at ComicCon she wouldn’t care if he was wearing a plaid grandpa robe and Crocs. Such is the love the Cookies have for him. I find him sort of endearing, but not sexy. But there is no denying the voice or the talent.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think you might be overestimating dorky suburban dads. None of that even has a college or team logo.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    It’s underwhelming, but I’m still amused by his posing with the penguin;Mr. Cumberbatch has a sense of humor.

  • Cyan7

    I think he is fabulous, dead sexy, and a brilliant actor, but …his casual clothes lately have been tragic! My octogenarian mother would dress him younger. Any day I expect to see him wearing a short-sleeved white dress shirt over an undershirt and with a comb in the breast pocket, high-waisted, pleated pants, and wingtips. I know this is a fashion site, but my solution is to imagine him with no clothes at all.

  • formerlyAnon

    He is SOOOOO unimpressive in still shots. I confess, I was, um, persuaded (ok, bribed) to watch some of the video footage of him in interviews/Q&As at whatever big con is going on (San Diego Comic Con??) in California this week, and he was UTTERLY and MIND BLOWINGLY adorkable. He’s obviously the kind of actor with a public persona worth more than gold. He’s the actor equivalent of the date-for-my-friend (because she’s visiting me and I can’t just abandon her) who you find unpromising at first glance – until he relaxes and makes you laugh and the two of you start talking and by the end of the evening your friend is congratulating herself on her matchmaking and is just shy of jealous that your date went better than hers.

  • Pterodactyl111

    I just don’t find him attractive at all. And it’s not the clothes.

  • RidgewayGirl

    Here’s your B Cum, fangurls; once again, dressed like a dorky suburban dad

    That’s ok. I don’t plan on making him stay in those clothes.

  • On the contrary, that last pic just made my ovaries explode.

  • Aurumgirl

    I have to admit it. He does look like a dorky suburban dad. Specifically, my friend Doug, father/stepfather of four, redhead (just like Benedict, who’s hiding it), and tattoo shop owner. That’s not such a bad thing to look like!

  • eight_of_nine

    The fourth photo literally made me laugh out loud. No, not the one with the penguin, the one before that. Because I looked at that expression and remembered his legions of fangirls and found it so absurd.

  • MilaXX

    this look screams weekend dad

  • Dollhead

    Adorable enought to make me say ‘adorbs,’ which I never imagined could happen. “Move on” Rebecca Eaton? I think not… !

  • Toni Roberts

    Are you kidding? Most of us love him because he ASPIRES to be a dorky suburban dad. He’s just a sweet, goofy guy who happens to have a phenomenal talent.

  • BLauDGaspode

    As someone married to a ginger dorky suburban dad, I say, “Cheers!” I just love him. Something about him always makes me want to laugh, as if there is some joke hiding there behind his eyes.

    • not_Bridget

      Some of the prettier actors seem to have nothing going on behind the eyes, alas….

  • ConnieBV

    His looks rely heavily on the angle of the photo and the expression on his face. He has a chin that needs to be lit well and for my tastes, he looks better with the extra weight he put on for Star Trek (which he seems to have lost here). His attractiveness, on the other hand, is largely due to his talent, thoughtfulness in interviews and approachability. He’s no snazzy dresser. I’d put his fashion sense somewhere between Clooney and Shailene Woodley. I think he asks for a suit when he needs a suit, otherwise he just covers his body and calls it a day. The cute Brit style bus missed his house, sadly.

    • formerlyAnon

      Nailed it, IMO.

    • alyce1213

      I agree with you, but I maintain that nobody, no one, not even the royals (well, maybe Prince Philip) wears formalwear than Benedict Cumberbatch. He is always impeccably perfect.

      • Corsetmaker

        Hmmm, Coin Firth is pretty flawless. Hard to beat.

        • alyce1213

          I can’t deny that. Must be in the DNA.

    • Corsetmaker

      He’s a man out his time.. He belongs in the days when suits were everyday wear and casual meant swapping your jacket for a cardigan when you got home.

      • not_Bridget

        As Sherlock, he makes the Casual Dressing Gown seem just the thing for lounging about the flat. Cumberbatch shines in period dress & formal wear On his own at Comic Con, he just wanted to be comfortable.

  • alliekat9090

    I’m so sorry. I just don’t get it.

  • sk8tfan

    Busted taking the station wagon out for a spin.

  • mewesley

    Well, I know this is the realm of outward appearance appraisal, and it’s a fun game but we do all realize that it’s the mind and demeaner that makes for attractiveness (and expecially sexiness) in a man–in a woman too, but it’s sometimes not as immediately obvious. So many well turned out models are just slab bacon in person–and not as tasty. Anyone who’s watched Cumberbatch at work–especially on the stage–can attest to the magic that happens to this rather “suburban looking” man when he does his thing. The Scarlet Pimpernell comes to mind. In fact, I’d love to see a re-filming of this classic with him in the title role.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I don’t find him all that physically attractive (better with the Sherlock curls and the great coat, but still more distinctive-looking than handsome). In street clothes, he’s not even all that distinctive. But he knows how to command a scene. That’s what gets me. That said, I understand that the “suburban dad” character was a real hit at the venue.

  • quiltrx

    Ew, the sum is less than the parts. Get him into a suit. Or something with an ascot perhaps.

  • Ms. Match

    I love me some Benedict, but I had to come up with a catchphrase concerning his casual clothes, so most of the time I simply find myself thinking ‘Benedict Cumberbatch can’t dress himself’. I giggle and shrug it off. Other people dress him very well and that’s great – but he can’t dress himself. And the shoes made me actually shiver and kind of dry heave. And I felt bad about that, as he’s the loveliest. But I really, really, really don’t like them. *Cough* Ihatethem*! If I’d date him his casual style would become my little project and I’d become the kind of girlfriend I can’t stand. So we can never be. Sorry Benedict. I know, I’m sad about it too. As you’d look fabulous 24/7 if I was done with you… 😉

  • demidaemon

    Yep. He has pretty much negative appeal for me today.

  • Imasewsure

    Ok I was just going to make a joke about how embarrassing Dad is but the penguin shot just knocked me out. Cute dork…but seriously dad.. just drop me off here and I’ll walk the rest of the way to the dance!

  • allheavens

    We all know Benedict dresses in the dark. I really don’t think he cares about how he dresses unless a suit or formal wear is required. That’s his forte, his time to shine. Otherwise he finds a shirt he likes, some comfy pants and he’s off!

    Someone mentioned he was a man out of his time and I think that is true. I really don’t care if he looks like a suburban Dad with his talent, it’s the least of his problems. He just seems to be a really nice, polite and kind human being, so he’s ahead of the game.

  • mrspotts66

    i don’t understand the fascination.
    the clothes are…well….suburban dad.

  • thatch pheasant

    Mr. Cumberbatch looks fab and comfortably elegant. Really, he does. Bravo.

  • Wink

    Not my cup of tea, but I LOVE that he makes so many people swoon!

  • sweetlilvoice

    I still say that he is not HOT but he is a great actor (which is very sexy) and his Sherlock is amazing.

  • Tuneful54

    Bow down, BKs, ’cause Cumby is in the house, OWNING it, and fierce.
    Seriously, how kind of Frank Costanza to lend Cumby some of his cabana wear. Just wish I could compare it to the model on the runway.
    Now, Cumby, let’s have us a little chat. This pointing at whatever person, place, or thing is in any photo of you shows a lack of imagination, which is surely not something you lack, Pet.

  • jeneria

    He is so strange looking to me (his face is lumpy in weird ways) but when he’s dressed up it tempers the odd face because he can really wear a suit well. I’ve never understood the fangurl thing, but when he’s dressed like this he’s just utterly unremarkable.

  • Jellybeanz

    He doesn’t really have any fashion sense (have you seen his awful hats?), but his acting chops make up for it. Still love him!

  • gsk241

    I don’t bear Mr. Cumberbatch any specific ill will, but I just don’t get the appeal.