“Sherlock” actor Benedict Cumberbatch and “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson — both of whom hail from England — have been named the world’s sexiest film stars in a new poll by the movie magazine Empire.
Cumberbatch beat out actors Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, and Ryan Gosling.
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Cumberbatch is a bit of a recluse, but is currently one of the most in-demand actors. His credits include roles in “The Fifth Estate,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
“You’re damn right he’s number one,” Empire wrote. “While not as hyper-muscly or comically chiseled as others on the list, Cumberbatch specializes in characters that are far too clever, and far too cool, to take the rest of humanity seriously – and then he somehow makes us love him for it.”
Watson, 23, first garnered attention for her role as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" franchise starting when she was 9. She has since starred in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which was released in September of 2012. She also played herself in the comedy “This Is The End,” which was released earlier this year.
“Combining smarts with beauty, Emma Watson’s been a favorite for years, even back in the days when people really shouldn’t have been thinking that way about young Hermione. But since leaving Hogwarts she’s blossomed into a fine young actress, playing roles from teen thief to music nerd, and even having fun as herself in 'This Is The End,'” Empire wrote.
Watson beat out Jennifer Lawrence, who earned an Academy Award for her leading role in “Silver Linings Playbook” a got her big break as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games."
Cumberbatch told The Independent that he was amused by the poll.
“It puts a bit of a spring in your step,” he said. “It’s nice, you swagger a little bit, it’s enjoyable. I’ve punched well above my weight this year. ... I find it hysterically funny. ... It’s a giggle. I wield it with a massive smile.”
Empire has become the best-selling film magazine in Britain since it began publishing in 1989.
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