We’re big fans of Benedict Cumberbach at Queerty. It’s recently been announced that he’ll play Hamlet on stage in London next year, as well as Richard III on TV for the BBC. However, the project that has us most excited is The Imitation Game, in which Cumberbatch takes on the role of Alan Turing, the brilliant WWII codebreaker who was persecuted for being gay.
Until then, here are his hottest five roles so far… in our expert opinion.
5. Charles Aiken
Cumberbatch plays the clumsy and unemployed “Little” Charles Aiken in August: Osage County. This vulnerable character needs some self-confidence and perhaps a good man to set him straight. Ah, bless.
4. Peter Guillam
Who wouldn’t want to date a handsome British spy from the 1960s? Peter Guillam is a character from the movie adaptation of the novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Although it might not be a good idea to get on the wrong side of a trained assassin.
3. Pitt The Younger
The youngest Prime Minister elected in the U.K. (at 24 years old), William Pitt The Younger (1759-1806) encouraged the abolitionist movement through politics. The slave trade ended the year after he died. Cumberbach played this role for the film Amazing Grace. Just think of all the posh dinners.
If you’re after brains and looks, Cumberbach as Sherlock has them both. This charming, handsome, floppy-haired detective is the sharpest there is. On the downside, he’d know everything about you and you’d never win an argument. Well you can’t have everything.
Yes, yes, he may be a bio-engineered psychopath who wants to destroy the world, but look at that jawline! Look at those pecs! Cumberbach’s Khan from Star Trek: Into Darkness may be the character most likely to rip you limb from limb, but with his superhuman strength (and lovemaking skills?), it might be worth the risk.
If you’re in doubt, here’s the shower scene. You’re welcome.
If you’re still not sure, check out this online quiz, Which Benedict Cumberbach character should I date?