40 times the internet fell in love with Benedict Cumberbatch

Celebrate the Sherlock star's 40th birthday with the memorable moments that cemented his place in our hearts

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40. When he tried – and failed – to say “penguins”

39. When he was Top Gear’s goofiest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

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38. When he had the best time partying with Michael Fassbender at the Golden Globes

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37. When he accepted an award in his board shorts.

36. When Sherlock had one too many

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35. When he channelled Beyoncé and walked with all the sass

34. When he announced his engagement in The Times.

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33. When he said this about the fairer sex

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32. And tried to rename the Cumberbitches

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31. When he floored Harrison Ford with his Chewbacca impression

30. And floored us with his impersonation of G-Nort

29. And let’s not forget these hip hop songs read in the style of Alan Rickman

28. Or when he lent his silky vocals to the lyrics of R Kelly

27. When this happened and we all swooned

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26. Or when this Star Trek deleted scene emerged and we all wondered why on earth it didn’t make it into the final movie?

25. When he skydived and looked THIS happy

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24. When we all geeked out over his specs appeal at the Golden Globes

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23. When he performed the photobomb to end all photobombs

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22. And then photobombed again

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21. And again

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20. When he punched a journalist to defend Keira Knightley’s honour

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19. When his Smaug skills gave us all shivers

18. When he did Mr Napkin Head

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17. When he dressed up as Zorro and snogged Reese Witherspoon all in the name of art

16. When he had an adorable Star Trek fanboy freakout on the red carpet

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