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Cumberbatch, Moffat: 'Sherlock's not gay'

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Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in Sherlock

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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and writer Stephen Moffat deny that the detective and his assistant Dr Watson are gay.

Cumberbatch, who plays Holmes in the modern-day BBC adaptation, told The Sun that he sees his character's bond with Martin Freeman's Watson as something of a "bromance".

"To be honest, he is very well-dressed, very ethereal, camp, theatrical at times but he is also very vicious, very male and predatory," he said.

"It is of course the 21st century. Two men looking for a flatshare is going to raise questions - or in this case have them answered by other people making suppositions.

"The ambiguity is fine. It's probably the first ever bromance. It's a very mature relationship by the end of the story. It's a beautiful thing."

The writer of the series, Doctor Who scribe Stephen Moffat, agreed that he always wanted to play on the confusion of Holmes and Watson's relationship and never intended to confirm either character's sexuality.

"I don't think there is anything that suggests Sherlock is gay but if he was he wouldn't fancy John [Watson].

"It's just that thing of two blokes hanging around together living together - in this nice modern world it leads to people saying, 'Oh, are they a couple?' And that's nice. I thought how the world has changed, there is no disapproval. How much more civilised the world has become."

The first episode of Sherlock premieres tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

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