What is it that makes grown women turn into giddy fangirls at the sight of Benedict Cumberbatch? We wish we knew. The actor's irresistibility may have something to do with that guttural voice, commitment to character, charming British wit, or some combination of the three.
It was his role as the highly intelligent, slight neurotic Sherlock that first caught our attention three years ago. The fandom around the show swelled, and Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch had secured his place in the geekiverse as master of the Cumberb*tches (ahem, Cumbercollective? Cumberbabes?), the endearing label that Benedict's female fans have conferred upon themselves, much to his embarrassment. After a series of blockbuster castings, he was perfectly positioned to hit the big time in 2013 — and so he did. This year, we witnessed the rise of Benedict Cumberbatch from niche British television actor to one of Hollywood's most coveted film stars. In what follows, the case for why 2013 was the year of Benedict.