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Hungry shoppers nibble and lick chocolate statue of Benedict Cumberbatch

Hungry shoppers at Stratford Westfield got the chance to lick and nibble Benedict Cumberbatch after he was voted dishiest TV drama actor.


Needless to say, it wasn't the real Benedict. But a life-size replica, made entirely out of chocolate.


The six foot sculpture made out of 40 kilograms of chocolate went on display at Westfield Stratford City on Good Friday after a poll of 2,000 British women revealed Benedict as our dishiest actor. These are the results in full:

  • 1. Benedict Cumberbatch 12%
  • 2. David Tennant 11%
  • 3. Sean Bean 8%
  • 4. Idris Elba 8%
  • 5. Damian Lewis 5%
  • 6. Aidan Turner 4%
  • 7. James Nesbitt 3%
  • 8. Rupert Penry-Jones 3%
  • 9. Laurence Fox 2%
  • 10 James D'Arcy 2%



You can't rush perfection. Benedict has such a distinctive look that it was a challenge but a pleasure, to recreate him in chocolate. A secret combination of methods ensured we got a great likeness - we're sure his legions of fans will approve!!

– Tim Simpson, lead sculptor

The sculpture was created to mark the launch of TV channel Drama on the new on demand service