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Benedict Cumberbatch. When you hear his name, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Until recently, most people might think "Oh, that guy who looks like an otter?" Yes, that guy. However, the mere mention of him now sends fans into a swooning frenzy. The man who has been likened to an otter, and a hairless cat by my sister, is now one of the most lusted after men in recent history, but why? To explain the enigma of him, is not so easy.
For those who don't know much about him, Cumberbatch is the son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. He attended boarding school from the age of 8, and made his debut on stage as Titania Queen of the Faeries in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream" at the age of 12. Until the premiere of "Sherlock" in 2010, the actor was unknown to American audiences. Once stateside viewers became enthralled with his snarky, quick-witted portrayal of Mr. Holmes, his star seemed to rise quickly.