THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
By Molly Friedman
Maybe it’s his height — 6 feet. Or his gently tousled brown curls. An accent always helps — his is British.
“Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch has a wildly passionate underground fan network — known in various circles of the Internet as Cumberbitches, Cumberbabes or, more recently, the Cumber Collective — that has grown from its faint beginnings in the U.K. to include rabid fans all across the globe.
The Collective is buzzing as “Sherlock” begins its new season on Sunday on PBS.
“His cheekbones are striking,” says Park Slope entertainment writer Meghan O’Keefe, 28, who finds Cumberbatch’s unique looks to be part of his draw. “It’s like someone tried to draw a handsome face, but the eyes are a little too small, the cheekbones are too big, the mouth is too big.”
O’Keefe first fell for the 37-year-old Englishman after catching a second season episode of “Sherlock” — then discovering to her delight that Cumberbatch had done other things.
“I went through a two-week span of watching everything he had done,” says O’Keefe. “I became obsessed. I’m like, ‘This is ridiculous. Why am I not leaving the house?’ ”
Cumberbatch doesn't have typical movie star looks, but takes roles that make the geek girls melt: a villainous space general in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the evil dragon in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the idiot savant extraordinaire in “Sherlock.”
“I love the elegance of his hands, his rich baritone voice, his humility, his politeness,” says fan Lea Marie, 38. “This man would cause me to go from cruising down the road at about 55 to slamming on the brakes, taking a right-hand turn and flying at 100 miles an hour directly into the fandom known as the Cumber Collective.”
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