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The Complete Benedict Cumberbatch Girlfriend List: Olivia Poulet, Lydia Hearst, Katia Elizarova And More [PHOTO SLIDESHOW]

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Benedict Cumberbatch
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As British actor Benedict Cumberbatch becomes more of a superstar and more of a heartthrob, fans are increasingly interested in his love life. Although Benedict, 37, keeps his love life notoriously private, the media is quick to link him with every woman he’s pictured with, from friends to co-stars and the rare actual love interest.

“Every time I’m seen at a bar with a girl, I get photographed,” Benedict told Time magazine last year. “Anyone with a computer knows my entire dating history.

“I get it,” he added. “Paparazzi is an inescapable, immovable obstacle.”

We’re glad he understands! Click through the slideshow above to see all the women Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked to – and, as much as we can figure it out, the story behind the rumors.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Poulet
(Tumblr)Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Poulet

Olivia Poulet (1999-2011)

Benedict and Olivia Poulet were in a relationship for 12 years before breaking up in 2011. The “Sherlock” star has been, at times, surprisingly open (for him) about the relationship and the split. “It happened very gradually, very mutually,” he told Vogue. “We’re still very good friends. There was no acrimony. I love her, adore her, always will.”
Benedict Cumberbatch and Anna Jones
(Tumblr)Benedict Cumberbatch and Anna Jones

Anna Jones (2011-2012)

After splitting from Olivia Poulet, Benedict dated designer Anna Jones for a few months. The relationship went public only after it had already ended, when Benedict’s half-sister Tracey Peacock spilled all the details to British tabloid the Sun and implied that the break-up was because Jones wasn’t smart enough!
Benedict Cumberbatch and Lydia Hearst
(Tumblr)Benedict Cumberbatch and Lydia Hearst

Lydia Hearst (2012)

Benedict was briefly linked to model and heiress Lydia Hearst (yes, of those Hearsts) in 2012 after they were seen together at Elton John’s Oscars party, out to dinner in Hollywood and posed together for a sexy Marie Claire shoot (above). Benedict’s rep told the Daily Mail, “They have been friends for a while now, but to say they are dating is probably too strong.” Hmm...that is not a denial!
Liv Tyler
(REUTERS)Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler (2012)

In 2012, Benedict was spotted with Liv Tyler at a few times, including at the movie theater and an Emmys party. Benedict seems to have gotten a newer, better rep – or maybe the old one just learned his lesson - because this time the statement to the Daily Mail was, “They are not dating.”
Alice Eve Benedict Cumberbatch
(Instagram/Alice Eve)Alice Eve Benedict Cumberbatch

Alice Eve (2012-2013)

Both fans and the media wondered if these “Star Trek Into Darkness” co-stars were dating because they seemed so close during filming and while promoting the movie, with Benedict even appearing in some of Alice’s Instagram selfies.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Lara Pulver
(Pinterest)Benedict Cumberbatch and Lara Pulver

Lara Pulver (2013)

Benedict was also linked to his “Sherlock” co-star Lara Pulver when they were seen spending time off set and seemed flirtatious at an awards show. Their on-screen chemistry didn’t hurt, either! Lara denied they were dating.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Katia Elizarova
(Tumblr)Benedict Cumberbatch and Katia Elizarova

Katia Elizarova (2013)

Benedict had already denied that he was dating Russian model and reality star Katia when photographs of them kissing at a friend’s wedding were published. However, Katia didn’t exactly deny the rumors, hinting at something further in several interviews, declaring she’s moved on from Russian men to British men and even saying, “It was a wedding, and, you know, things happen…” (Notably, they were never seen together after Katia’s interviews were published.)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Charlotte Asprey
(Tumblr)Benedict Cumberbatch and Charlotte Asprey

Charlotte Asprey (2013)

Benedict and Charlotte – who went to theatre school together – were briefly linked when they were seen holding hands in London at Benedict’s birthday party. Sources said they were just old school friends.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Laura Carmichael
(Tumblr/winnieshou)Benedict Cumberbatch and Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael (2013)

If this was true, it would be a BBC match made in heaven! However, Benedict and the “Downton Abbey” star were only seen together once, having a drink and a chat at a Lady Gaga concert.
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The Complete Benedict Cumberbatch Girlfriend List: Olivia Poulet, Lydia Hearst, Katia Elizarova And More [PHOTO SLIDESHOW]

As British actor Benedict Cumberbatch becomes more of a superstar and more of a heartthrob, fans are increasingly interested in his love life. Although Benedict, 37, keeps his love life notoriously private, the media is quick to link him with every woman he’s pictured with, from friends to co-stars and the rare actual love interest.

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