Benedict Cumberbatch has said he still can't understand why he's acquired sex symbol status.
The Sherlock star has acquired legions of female fans since starring as Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective in the TV drama, and has been named Sexiest Man in a poll in The Sun.
He told the newspaper: "I'm still processing this strange misperception.
"I suppose I'll have to find a way to deal with the strain. I enjoy being considered handsome, even though I think it's hysterical."
The 36-year-old Star Trek Into Darkness actor added that being labelled a heartthrob had done his career no harm.
"Work-wise, it builds a momentum, which means I've got the most fantastic opportunities - or at least, doors open to prove myself at the next level, and that attention has been a huge help," he said. "As long as it helps me find good roles, my response is, 'Bring it on!'
He joked of his looks: "My look suits a period drama... although some have likened the shape of my head to that of Sid the sloth from Ice Age."