Oh, Benedict. Ben. Benny. Cumbers. Where did you come from? You were just a Proper Actor doing serious things on stage, and playing admirable but basically non-sexy types like Professor Stephen Hawking and Vincent Van Gogh on TV.
And then: bam. Sherlock. Only you could make literally terrifying intellect and absolutely zero emotional warmth seem alluring. Suddenly, we noticed what had been right there all along. Specifically: you’re really hot.