It’s Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Engaged

November 5, 2014

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Acclaimed actor and Hollywood’s British hottie No. 1, Benedict Cumberbatch is off the market! Cumberbatch got engaged to theatre director Sophie Hunter and caused a massive hysteria all over the world. The actor’s representative confirmed the news, but there’s no mention of the official date.

The 38-year-old Brit flew to Edinburgh to ask Sophie’s mother’s permission for her daughter’s hand in marriage. The Oxford-educated 36-year-old is said to be incredibly close with her mother.

The anticipated engagement was revealed in a newspaper announcement, reading: “Mr. BT. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter: The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.”

Benedict and Sophie first met in 2009, when they starred together in Burlesque Fairytales, and since then they have gone to great lengths to avoid being seen in public.

They were first seen publicly together in June this year. The pair was last seen together at Quaglino’s, a London restaurant, but they arrived separately and were keen not to be pictured together.

Sophie was also Benedict’s date at the wedding of James Rhodes, his old school friend, but it is believed she has wanted to remain anonymous since the beginning of their relationship.

Marriage very important to Cumberbatch, and he had a few thoughts to share last year during an interview: “It’s a wonderful thing to get married young and become a father. I used to think that I’d get married by my mid-thirties and have children. But now I think I can wait. I’m no longer in a hurry to get married. I would like to first get to know the partner and build a trusting relationship before making the commitment.”

In spite of his claims, his sister Tracy Peacock previously hinted that Benedict has been looking for that special person: “One of his regrets is that he hasn’t found someone to settle down with. You would have to be a pretty smart cookie to keep up with him. I think that is possibly why he has trouble with girlfriends.”

Cumberbatch was previously in a 10-year relationship with actress Olivia Poulet, who he met while studying at Manchester University.

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