Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is ‘not gay, but not straight either’, according to the co-creator of the BBC series.
Steven Moffat, who also is the show-runner for Doctor Who, has insisted the character is more asexual than anything else, insisting Holmes is ‘not interested in sex’.
‘We walk into that one all the time,’ Moffat told Entertainment Weekly.
‘It’s a funny thing when a character for over 100 years has been saying, "I don’t do that at all." He’s been saying it over 100 years!’
He added: ‘He’s willfully staying away from that to keep his brain pure — a Victorian belief. But everyone wants to believe he’s gay. He’s not gay. He’s not straight.
‘And Doctor Watson is very clear that he prefers women. People want to fantasize about it. It’s fine. But it’s not in the show.’
But Cumberbatch has also denied in the past that his version of Sherlock is asexual and has hinted in the past that he plays the part as gay.
He said to IndieWire: ‘I see no reason at all why he shouldn’t be sexual. Everyone recruited him to their perspective, their interpretation.
‘I’ve had asexuals come up to me and thank me for representing asexuals. I don’t know how that came about. I mean, the man’s too busy to have sex. That’s really what it is.’