BENEDICT AND SOPHIE SIGHTING
LONDON, 20 SEPTEMBER 2015
Account by ROWANSF FROM IMDB
“I don’t normally write up any sightings I’ve had of well-known people and as I’ve mentioned before, when I sometimes used to post here, I’m not a particular fan of Benedict Cumberbatch’s. I think the world of him as an actor and I love Sherlock but I’ve never ‘followed’ him.
However, one would’ve had to have been blind not to have observed the arguments and melodrama that have been ongoing in the BC fandom during the past year. In light of that I thought the following story might be of interest to the more rational elements of said fandom!
I was meeting a friend today for Sunday lunch. We went to a lovely place on Marylebone Hight Street where I’ve been any number of times before. We were sat at the back of the restaurant, in the corner of the banquette. I was settling myself in when I looked up and realised I was staring straight at Benedict and Sophie, sitting in the opposite end of the banquette. There was one (empty) table between us.
So this morning, for an hour-and-half, I was observing this couple at close quarters, having a totally private meal and therefore interacting as one assumes they do in Real Life. The restaurant was very busy, it was just that time when brunch merges with lunch. No one in the restaurant paid a blind bit of notice to these two and I don’t think anyone even recognised them.
They both looked exactly as they do in pictures, Sophie even more so that Benedict. Utterly normal. As every proper Englishman does on his Sunday brunch they had the Sunday paper with them (The Observer) and they were both reading while eating and talking.
And they talked a lot. Julian Fellowes (the writer of ‘Downton Abbey’ ) has said ‘All best marriages are one long conversation’ and if you believe this - as I do - these two would seem to be heading for a very long and happy life together. They were extremely intent on each other, leaning close to explain something, pointing out an article in the paper then clearly discussing it. They also touched each other a lot, Benedict rested his hand in Sophie’s lap under the table and Sophie touched his face, several times, and rested her hand on his shoulder. It was self-evident that they were massively content together and that they had a great deal to say to each other, each being clearly interested in what the other had to say.
I am older that Benedict and have seen quite a lot of the world, a lot of couples, marriages, relationships. To any impartial outside observer this was an adult couple, hugely comfortable together yet still seriously, and equally, interested in each other. They were in a setting, which made it clear that there was no reason for them to be there, or to behave the way they did, other than the fact that they wanted to be together, just the two of them, in the most completely normal, everyday sort of way.
As I said, I have never before written up a moment like this. However, the extreme reactions of some of Benedict’s followers when it comes to his marriage, the frankly surreal alternate reality -scenarios that have been created over the past months regarding these two - they are some of the most bizarre manifestations of ‘celebrity worship’ I have come across during my journeyings through the Internet. The reality, as ever, is as down-to-earth and natural as can be imagined.“