GUYS. I’ve cracked it! After extensive research (not really) I’ve sorted out what makes Benedict Cumberbatch so peculiar looking. Yes, ok, he has rather otter-like features. But when you gaze (longingly) at his face for a while you realize that he actually is rather handsome, there’s just something a bit … off.
It’s the absence of eyelashes.
Oh I’m sure he has eyelashes, but I think that he’s naturally rather blond, so his eyebrows and his eyelashes are rather light. But in most photos, and in Sherlock, he has his hair dark. Perhaps he just prefers it that way, I’m not sure. But his dark hair, while suiting his skin tone, doesn’t match his eyebrows or eyelashes, and it makes him look all just a bit odd.
You’re all welcome.