06/27/2013 09:22 am ET

Who is Benedict Cumberbatch? 10 Things You May Not Know About Hollywood's Sexiest Villain


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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