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Benedict Cumberbatch Has A Message To His Fans

He's looking at you, Cumberbitches.
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Benedict Cumberbatch has a dedicated following of female supporters who call themselves Cumberbitches, and though he is flattered by their attention, he thinks they ought to choose a less rude nickname.

He said: "It's funny and I'm flattered. But on a serious note, come on, give yourself more power as women. Don't just call yourself bitches! I know it was a joke and more of an empowering thing. The majority of [the fans] are smart and savvy and just having fun, but it's getting out there. It sounds a bit [rude.]" 

And the 38-year-old actor has several suggestions of alternative monikers.

He said: "Cumbersomes? Cumbercollective? Cumberfans? There's lots of stuff!" 

Benedict recently got engaged to theater director Sophie Hunter and is very impressed with how well she copes with his female devotees.

He told People magazine: "She's just so in command of it. It could be a difficult thing, but she's just really cool. It's really impressive." 

The Sherlock star is looking forward to taking a break over the festive season.

He said: "I like a traditional Christmas, the whole nine yards. It's all about just shutting down and shutting off for a bit. Going off the grid."