The only thing we love more than a man with killer facial structure is a man with killer facial structure and an impressive string of film appearances behind him. We’ve found our idol of the week in Benedict Cumberbatch, whose louche performance as a (gay?) semi-double agent Peter Guillam in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy this winter turned our heads–when we weren’t too busy admiring his Dietrich-like cheekbones. Then, we got turned on to the BBC marvel “Sherlock”, a new series which relocates the tales of Sherlock Holmes and Watson in the modern era (co-starring Martin Freeman, of the original Office cast, as Watson). Our attention was held. Detail by detail we discovered Cumberbatch’s burgeoning career (roles in Atonement,War Horse, and the upcoming Hobbit film, not to mention playing Stephen Hawking in an eponymous TV film for the BBC in 2004), and as more details emerged, we can’t help but remain in a state of excitement and anticipation. Who is this man who seems to be working along the same challenging lines as TTSS co-star (and equally fascinating British import) Tom Hardy? When we heard Cumberbatch was slated to appear in yet another Star Trek sequel, it seemed too bizarrely unexpected to be true. Will Cumberbatch’s choices continue to walk the line between mainstream and risky? Will he give Zachary Quinto a run for his money? Whatever the outcome, we’ll be happy to watch the drama play out.