Benedict Cumberbatch has many dedicated fans

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch thinks it's a little strange that he's such a huge hit with the ladies.

The actor was voted No 1 in a recent sexiest man poll, beating even David Beckham, 37, into 2nd place.

'It's new to me and I'm sure I'll get used to it and find a way of dealing with it, but at the moment, it is quite odd,' says Benedict, 35.

'Do I like being thought of as attractive? I don't know anyone on Earth who doesn't but I do find it funny.'

Recently single Benedict struggles to understand why his quirky features are appealing to his admirers.

'I look in a mirror and I see all the faults I've lived with for 35 years and yet people go kind of nuts for certain things about me,' Benedict tells the Daily Mirror.

'It's not me being humble. I just think it's weird.'

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