Let Us Now Praise Benedict Cumberbatch

A pale background for Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes: A dark-haired man with pale skin, his mouth slightly open, looks off-frame to the right with an expectant expression. Text reads: I have a serious Benediction. A very happy early birthday to noted British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who according to IMDb has been acting his pants off (if only!) but who first came to my attention as Sherlock Holmes in the modernized BBC adaptation. Have you seen this yet? If not, get thee to a Netflix because it is virtually perfect.

As Sherlock, Mr. Cumberbatch is cold, antic, calculating, and often unexpectedly vulnerable. He plays more to the sociopathic side of Holmes' nature—the side that can't quite get past seeing human beings as rather curious machines. But all that intellect breaks down every now and again in some very quiet, awkward, charming ways. It's a delight—and I admit that I am also quite envious of this Sherlock's long wool coat and anarchic scarf.

I am also very excited to learn that Mr. Cumberbatch is going to be the voice of Smaug in Peter Jackson's highly anticipated Hobbit. Sexy-voiced villains have been a children's movie staple since George Saunders smouldered his way through Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, or Pat Carroll's Ursula undulated for a perplexed Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

And Martin Freeman, who plays an excellent Watson to BC's Sherlock, will also be playing Bilbo Baggins to his Smaug. I can't wait for the inevitable mash-up!

As a special treat, here is a photo of BC together with other noted British sexpot Hugh Laurie:

A screencap from I don't know what, with a short-haired Benedict Cumberbatch in a grey shirt and bright blue v-neck sweater, looking left off-frame with his mouth open in preparation for speaking. He is apparently sitting in the lap of Hugh Laurie, clad in black shirt and black jacket, with a bit of a puzzled scowl on his face.

If anyone knows where this screencap came from, please do let me know so I can write myself some very Mary Sue-ish fanfic about it.