Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, has no plans to quit Sherlock. The British actor plays the titular role in the TV series and insists that while he has carved out a career in Hollywood, he isn’t ready to turn his back on the show because he loves playing the detective so much. He said: ”If we can keep the quality up, I can’t imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock. I’d love to play him as an old man. I really, really love my job.” The actor is surprised by his heartthrob status, saying: ”I’m tickled pink. I have boyfriends coming up to say, ‘My girlfriend is obsessed with you,’ and I say, ‘I’m so sorry.'” Benedict was shocked so many fans turned out to see him at The Imitation Game premieres around the world.
He added to Vogue: ”I haven’t seen that kind of female adulation since Orlando Bloom. I didn’t expect that level of hysteria, but it’s wonderful.” But Benedict doesn’t believe the hysteria will last and is determined not to let it change him. He said: ”I sometimes worry about the currency surrounding the furor – the internet, the teens, I’m careful that it doesn’t obscure other things that I care about. When somebody says I’m perfect for a role because it will get an audience, that immediately makes me go cold. The adoration thing is amazing, but it won’t carry on forever, and I want my work to carry on forever. Or at least for the next 40 years.” Despite being pleased by his huge legion of fans, Benedict finds it strange when supporters ask him to sign pictures of otters, an animal he’s said to resemble. He told: ”It’s a great disservice to a wonderful woodland amphibious creature.”