Benedict Cumberbatch wants to rename his fanbase.

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

The 40-year-old actor's 'Doctor Strange' co-star Rachel McAdams has revealed Benedict would like to change the name 'Cumberbitches' to something more "respectable" like "Cumberhumans [or] Cumberpeople".

Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she quipped: "They call themselves that. They did that to themselves. He said, 'Oh, it's very flattering, but I just wish they called themselves something a little more respectable like Cumberhumans, Cumberpeople or something.'"

Meanwhile, the 'Sherlock' star previously branded his fans "obsessive and deluded" stalkers.

He said: "There are people who believe that my wife is a P.R. stunt and my child is a P.R. stunt. I think really it's to do with the idea that the 'Internet's boyfriend' can't actually belong to anyone else but the Internet. It's impossible he belongs to anyone but me. And that's what stalking is. That's what obsessive, deluded, really scary behaviour is."

However, Benedict - who is expecting his second child with wife Sophie - is glad he makes his fans happy.

He added: "I'm glad I'm bringing a ray of sunshine to an otherwise dull day, being imagined eating fritters shirtless. But, I don't know, it makes me giggle. I don't look at myself in the mirror and go, 'Yeah, absolutely! I see what they're saying!' I see all my faults and everything that I've always seen as my faults."

Meanwhile, Benedict has been busy looking after his 16-month-old son Christopher.

He shared: "Having a baby - it's massive. And on a very unexpected level. Suddenly I understood my parents much more profoundly than I ever had before.

"I was expecting, with 'Hamlet', that it might be a hindrance to be a father, because it's all about being a son. But it's the opposite. You understand much more about being a son, becoming a father."