Benedict Cumberbatch says a section of his fanbase are “obsessive, deluded and really scary”

The actor gave a candid interview to Vanity Fair about his life, career and the trappings of fame

Benedict Cumberbatch has discussed his fervent fanbase in a new interview, likening a section of his online following to stalkers who display “obsessive, deluded [and] really scary behaviour.”

The actor will star as the Sorcerer Supreme in the new Marvel film Doctor Strange, which is released next month. Cumberbatch shot to worldwide fame off the back of his leading role in the BBC series Sherlock, which began in 2010 and will return with a fourth season on January 1, 2017.

In a new and candid interview with Vanity Fair, Cumberbatch spoke about the darker side of his mass following online, including those who publish conspiracy theories about his personal life.

“There are people who believe that my wife is a P.R. stunt and my child is a P.R. stunt,” Cumberbatch said. “I think really it’s to do with the idea that the ‘Internet’s boyfriend’ can’t actually belong to anyone else but the Internet. It’s impossible he belongs to anyone but me. And that’s what stalking is. That’s what obsessive, deluded, really scary behaviour is.”

As well as the lengthy interview, Cumberbatch also recorded a piece for the magazine performing a magic trick. Watch the video below.

In a recent interview with GQ, Cumberbatch hinted that the upcoming new season of Sherlock could be his last.

“It might be the end of an era,” he said. “It feels like the end of an era, to be honest. It goes to a place where it will be pretty hard to follow on immediately.”