Benedict Cumberbatch ‘flattered’ by gay ‘Sherlock’ fan fiction

'It's all there on the web if you want to find it,' says Holmes actor

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he finds the gay fan fiction written about Sherlock to be “flattering”.

Since the success of the BBC’s update of Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories, a raft of explicit fan-penned pieces has emerged across the web, portraying sexual encounters between Holmes and Watson, as portrayed by Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch told MTV News: “I am startlingly aware of it. I don’t go seeking it, but Martin Freeman, who was an absolute luddite on the first series, suddenly came back from New Zealand… and he had this beautifiul Mac with him and said, ‘Hey, look at this Tumblr’. And I said, ‘What? Tumblr? What?’ He knows more about it than I do and he was showing me some of them. Some of it is really racy, unviewable even on MTV.”

Of the nature of the material, Cumberbatch added: It’s cool. I suppose my bodily proportions are quite flattering.

I’m ripped, doing something I wouldn’t normally do with my body, or have done to it, involving Watson.

So that’s as far as I’ll hint about that one, but it’s all there on the web if you want to find it.”

He added that he was impressed by the quality of the writing on display: “I was amazed at the level of artistry; people have spent hours doing it. And there’s some really weird cross-breeding stuff that goes on. The news got out that I was playing Smaug in The Hobbit and suddenly there were loads of dragons with purple scarves flying around so it’s crazy, it’s crazy.”

Sherlock will return for more episodes in 2013, and the current series is currently airing on PBS Masterpiece in the US.