Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted he finds the whole 'Cumberbitches' tag for his huge fanbase "subservient and demeaning".

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Benedict Cumberbatch says "I didn't ask for it" of his fan club's attentions

"They’re actually changing themselves to the Cumbercollectives," he says. "Most of them have.

"They’ve gone down the route of reversing the negative backlash of however many years of feminism and it was a little bit worrying.

"I didn’t ask for this sort of subservient, demeaning collective and they go, 'Oh no, it’s only a joke.'"

On the subject of the new Star Wars film, he was less forthcoming.

"It's all rumour, it's all gossip," the 'Sherlock' star dismisses reports that he was to be cast in the first of the revamped franchise, to be directed by J J Abrams, whom he worked with on 'Star Trek'.

"Nobody’s been offered anything. Well, I would like to do, and I’ve said so many times before. I’d like to do it. J.J. is working on it and he knows where I live."

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange in 'The Fifth Estate', out now on Blu-Ray/DVD. Below are 100 of BC's sexiest photos, to see what the CumberCollectives are getting in a steam about...

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    Actor Benedict Cumberbatch participates in the press conference for "The Fifth Estate" at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch attends the German premiere of the film 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' (Der Hobbit: Smaugs Einoede) at Sony Centre on December 9, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch attends the German premiere of the film 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' (Der Hobbit: Smaugs Einoede) at Sony Centre on December 9, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at 'The Fifth Estate' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch attends the German premiere of the film 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' (Der Hobbit: Smaugs Einoede) at Sony Centre on December 9, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

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    British actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the European Premiere of the movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech attend the Winter Whites Gala in aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace on November 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M.Benett/Centrepoint/Getty Images for Centrepoint)

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    Tinie Tempah and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the Winter Whites Gala In Aid Of Centrepoint on November 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Centrepoint/Getty Images)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Winter Whites Gala in aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace on November 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M.Benett/Centrepoint/Getty Images for Centrepoint)

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    BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 13: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Soho House and Grey Goose party to celebrate the CineCity film festival on November 13, 2013 in Brighton, England. Guests enjoyed a three course sharing menu prepared by Soho House and Grey Goose cocktails. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Soho House)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the GQ 25th Anniversary Exhibition at Phillips De Pury on November 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the GQ 25th Anniversary Exhibition at Phillips De Pury on November 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the GQ 25th Anniversary Exhibition at Phillips De Pury on November 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with Stylebop.com attends the 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends The Cinema Society with Vanity Fair & Richard Mille screening of DreamWorks Pictures' 'The Fifth Estate' at the Crosby Street Hotel on October 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and co-chairman/CEO of Dreamworks Studios Stacey Snider attend the after party of 'The Fifth Estate' screening hosted by The Cinema Society with Vanity Fair and Richard Mille at Marlton Hotel on October 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the '12 Years A Slave' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the '12 Years A Slave' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Benedict Cumberbatch at Guess Portrait Studio on Day 2 during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Bell Lightbox on on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Charles Leonio/Getty Images for Guess)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the '12 Years A Slave' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch of 'The Fifth Estate' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at 'The Fifth Estate' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at 'The Fifth Estate' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 6: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (C) speaks with the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (L) as they attend a Garden Party Queen Elizabeth is hosting at Buckingham Palace on June 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' screening at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on May 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the UK Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: (L-R) Actors Chris Pine, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the UK Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: (L-R) Actors Chris Pine, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the UK Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the UK Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'BALLY Celebrates 60 Years of Conquering Everest' at Bedford Square Gardens on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images for BALLY)

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    BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Jamie Campbell Bower, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland attend the Soho House and Grey Goose party to celebrate the CineCity film festival on November 13, 2013 in Brighton, England. Guests enjoyed a three course sharing menu prepared by Soho House and Grey Goose cocktails. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Soho House)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Benedict Cumberbatch (L) arrives at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2013 Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'BALLY Celebrates 60 Years of Conquering Everest' at Bedford Square Gardens on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images for BALLY)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Tommy Hilfiger & Esquire event as part of the London Collections: MEN AW13 at Zetter Townhouse at on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Tommy Hilfiger & Esquire event as part of the London Collections: MEN AW13 at Zetter Townhouse at on January 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - JUNE 02: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on June 2, 2012 in Jersey City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends The 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at 13th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    British actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the UK premiere of US director Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' in Leicester Square, central London on January 8, 2012. Michael Morpurgo's book was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit before being made into a film. Starring British actor Jeremy Irvine, the film tells the story of the First World War through the journey of a horse and it's owner. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 at Royal Albert Hall on November 23, 2011 in London, England. The gala, sponsored by Novae, raises vital funds for the youth charity's work with disadvantaged young people. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House on September 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' premiere at the Palazzo del Cinema during the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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    British actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses during the photocall of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' at the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2011 2011at Venice Lido. 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' is competing for the Golden Lion in the Venezia 68 category. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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    VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Actors Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Hurt attend the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' premiere at the Palazzo del Cinema during the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and Jonny Lee Miller attend The Olivier Awards 2011 at Theatre Royal on March 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 5, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'Tamara Drewe' UK film premiere in aid of The Princes Foundation at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)