Gallery: Benedict Cumberbatch is the star of Sherlock Convention
Benedict Cumberbatch met hundreds of fans face-to-face fans at a celebration of the hit drama series Sherlock at the Hilton Metropole Hotel near the NEC.
The heartthrob was the hottest ticket in town as many delighted fans paid top-price at £160 to attend have their photograph taken with him along with an autograph session at the three-day exhibition.
He joined co-star Louise Brealey, alias Molly, at the Hilton Metropole Hotel near the NEC for the final day of the celebration.
And it was not a cheap affair for the 850 people who turned up yesterday (Sunday) some kitted out in deer-stalkers to the convention organised by Starfury.
Despite the furore by some fans over the cost many came from as far afield as the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and even Japan to say a brief 'hello' to the actor who also took part in a question and answer session.
Among the visitors was Staffordshire fan Rebecca Grummett, aged 23, and her partner Orran Lovelock, aged 26, both of Burton Upon Trent, who queued for a chance to meet Benedict who has also stars in the new Star Trek movie and appeared in the Oscar nominated 12 Years a Slave.
“I'm a big Sherlock fan. I've dragged Orran along and we've been here the whole weekend. It's been great and worth every penny. We've seen quite a few of the people who work on Sherlock behind the scenes.
“We also saw the guy who plays Anderson and we attended the question and answer meetings. They spoke about the characters and the series so far. I'm glad we came,” Miss Grummett, an administrator said.
Art student Amy Harvey, aged 17, of Fillingham Close, Chelmsley Wood, went with her sister Katie, aged 14, and friend Izzy Winter, aged 16.
“I've drawn a sketch of Benedict and I'm hoping he'll sign it when we go back in for the autograph session. We love Sherlock, because Benedict is in it. We came for the three days. It's cost us about £170 each. For that we get our the photos taken with him. I was really lucky because they had to take my photo with him twice after a hiccup with the first shot.
“He asked me how my day was going. He was really lovely. The event is very well organised. We also met Louise. When I was having my photo when her Benedict came in the room and ran over to give her a hug and a kiss. He took some pictures with her too. It was a really sweet moment,” Amy said.
The teenagers said they were super-fans of the BBC show that also stars The Hobbit lead actor Martin Freeman who was not there, and revealed how last summer they visited the Sherlock set while the recently aired third series was being filmed.
Friends Rebecca Yates, aged 18, Charlotte Geoghegan, aged 19, also of Chelmsley Wood, were also bowled over my the actor's charm.
“Everyone's happy to see Benedict here. It's been a really good day,” Charlotte said.
Starfury staff said they were very happy with the turn out.