When asked by a reporter what it feels like to be the subject of so much adoration, Cumberbatch replied, "Guilt, first of all, because I was late and had to run past them."
Cumberbatch, who promised to get back to the fans after the media conference, humbly went on to say that he thinks much of his popularity is the product of the role.
"I think a lot of it comes with who [Sherlock Holmes] is," he said. "He's an iconic figure."
Expanding on the subject, Cumberbatch said, "The attention is kind of extraordinary and a little bit unnerving. "They are supportive, loyal and, by and large, intelligent, and some of them, normal. … It means a helluva lot to me. I really get a kick out of it."
Still, he tries his best to maintain an everyday, typical routine.
"I still take public transport. I still go shopping," he said with a smile. "I don't send minions out while I sit at home at the top of a tall ivory tower with guns pointed at the street."
And even though Cumberbatch continues to expand his résumé with more big-screen roles, he said he has no desire to step away from "Sherlock" any time soon.
"I'm going to keep going on with it," he said. "I play enough other mad people as well, so I vary the palette. … I love it and find it invigorating. He's really hard work, [but] I love him to bits."
Or as "Sherlock" co-creator Steven Moffat teased, the show "will continue until Benedict gets too famous."