Watch Benedict Cumberbatch’s sexy reading of R Kelly’s Genius

The Sherlock and Hobbit actor recited some racy lyrics from the US rapper's album Black Panties on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live

We’re all au fait with Benedict Cumberbatch’s rich, sonorous voice. From his sharp-tongued deliverances on Sherlock to Smaug the dragon’s rumbling menace in The Hobbit, the star’s vocals are in high demand in Britain and Hollywood. But never have they been put to better use than on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live…


Cumberbatch was appearing alongside rapper R Kelly whose latest album, Black Panties, is packed full of erotic lyrics. In a marriage of their two guests, the folks working on the show tasked Cumberbatch to deliver some choice lines from one particularly racy song – Genius. A “Genius” idea, if you ask us. 

Reciting lyrics including “I can’t wait to turn you on” and “I’m going to hit that thing again”, Cumberbatch’s dulcet tones – and well-placed winks – are met with unadulterated joy from his enraptured audience and will no doubt fulfil the much-documented fantasies of scores of “Cumberbitches” across the globe. Take a look below…