Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MidWeek Mancandy: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

In the last couple weeks, both of us Tarts discovered "Sherlock," a contemporary update of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It aired on the BBC and PBS (as Masterpiece Mystery), and is instant streaming on Netflix.

Incidentally, we also discovered a couple more tasty, if rather quirky, mancandies: Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.

(Martin Freeman - Photo from Wikipedia)

Martin Freeman plays Dr. John Watson on "Sherlock," and might know him from "Love, Actually," where you get to see him in all his glory; the original version of "The Office" and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He is also going to play Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit" which, let's face it, is awesome.

Freeman is not movie-star hot, but he is attractive and a good actor. He is not particularly tall, coming in at 5'7". He also just kind of looks like a normal dude. As Kel says, he really looks like the kind of guy you would know from work and think is pretty cute. He isn't movie star hot, but he is real life hot.

(Benedict Cumberbatch - Photo from Wikipedia)

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes, is his own brand of hot. (He also has one of the best names in the history of names.) Cumberbatch has had small parts in lots of movies including "Atonement" and "The Other Boleyn Girl," but really, "Sherlock" has been his breakthrough. He's also going to join his costar in "The Hobbit," albeit in a couple of smaller roles, as the voices of Smaug the dragon and a necromancer.

Cumberbatch is hot because he has such a unique look. He has what Kel describes, correctly, as an other-worldly look. And he has the most amazing cheekbones. He looks exotic and unique and is just enticing. His look and energy in "Sherlock" make him extra attractive - he is great in the role of Sherlock Holmes and there's something mysterious and wonderful about him.


  1. Surely you aren't serious about just discovering Benedict Cumberbatch!!! He's everywhere these days--sharing the stage with Jonny Miller in "Frankenstein" both as creator and creature. His movie Third Star hit U.S. theaters last week, and he'll be in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and Spielberg's "War Horse" later this year. Not to mention, he's filming a second season as Sherlock and will star in a BBC miniseries next year. Benedict, simply is everywhere...and fans like me couldn't be happier!

  2. I'm a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch - he's truly an amazingly talented actor, as all as being incredibly easy on the eyes. In addition, he seems to be intelligent, personable, and pleasant in real life! I wish I could have seen Third Star, but in the US it was very very thinly available - only one weeknight showing in Philadelphia, for instance. Here's hoping they release a Region 1 DVD eventually. If you take a peek around online, you'll find Benedict has a HUGE following, and get hours and hours of gaze-worthy photos and vids. Enjoy!