We may know Benedict Cumberbatch these days for being the golden boy of the Internet (who could forget the Cumberbitches?), but he wasn't always the elegant, well-dressed man that we see acting in our favorite TV show and films and popping up on red carpets. Ten years ago, when he was just 27, Benedict was a relative unknown when he walked the red carpet at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. Dressed in a baggy tuxedo, '90s-throwback sunglasses, and a dazzled-by-it-all grin, Benedict looked completely different from the handsome man who has become the imaginary boyfriend to millions of Internet fans. In honor of Benedict's 38th birthday on Saturday, we've unearthed these old snaps of the actor to recognize how far he has come from the early days of his career. Keep scrolling for more of his adorably awkward pictures, and when you're finished, refresh yourself with Benedict's hottest moments from more-recent years.
Yes, Even Benedict Cumberbatch Had a Dorky Phase