You may recognize Benedict Cumberbatch as the sexy superhuman villain Khan from the summer blockbuster “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” However, across the pond, he is best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC adaptation of the popular mystery series “Sherlock,” which began in 2010. Thanks to Netflix, Cumberbatch is becoming a household name. This year, he is set to play famed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the upcoming movie “The Fifth Estate,” due out in October.
So if you are new to learning about this sci-fi hottie, or even if you’re already a fan, here are some things you may not know about Cumberbatch:
1) He has a fan following called “Cumberbitches.”
2) He does an awesome Alan Rickman impression.
3) He was once kidnapped and held at gunpoint in South Africa.
4) If he could be anyone in the world, living or dead for a day, he would be Elvis at the Star Dust in Las Vegas.
5) He is the voice of two characters in “The Hobbit” trilogy.
6) He failed to land a role as James Bond in a video game, but he hasn't given up on receiving a callback.
7) He teared up a little at the "Star Trek: Into Darkness" premiere in London.
8) He can sing.
9) He also can draw! He has donated a hand-drawn version of himself to charity twice.
10) He’s just plain gorgeous.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Awards at The Dorchester on March 12, 2013 in London, England.
Portraits At The Ghent Film Festival
DESCRGHENT, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 12: Benedict Cumberbatch actor in Parades End poses for a photoshoot at the 39th Ghent Film Festival on October 12, 2012 in Ghent, Belgium.
On The Set Of Sherlock In London
DESCRLONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 14: Benedict Cumberbatch sighting on set of Sherlock on April 14, 2013 in London, England.
Benedict Cumberbatch At "Tamara Drewe" Premiere
DESCRLONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the premiere of 'Tamara Drewe' at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2010 in London, England.
Benedict Cumberbatch Arrives At The Moet British Independent Film Awards
DESCRLONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 5, 2010 in London, England.
Benedict Cumberbatch At The "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" Premiere At The 68th Venice Film Festival
DESCRVENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' premiere at the Palazzo del Cinema during the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2011 in Venice, Italy.
Benedict Cumberbatch At The "Star Trek Into Darkness" Premier in NYC
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the "Star Trek Into Darkness" premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in New York.
Benedict Cumberbatch At the "Star Trek: Into Darkness" UK Film Premiere
DESCRLONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the UK Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013 in London, England.
Benedict Cumberbatch At The War Horse UK Premiere
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the UK Premier of "War Horse" on January 8, 2012
Live Long and Prosper, Benedict Cumberbatch
DESCRNEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Benedict Cumberbatch leaves the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on May 9, 2013 in New York City.