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Benedict CumberbatchOn Wednesday we heard the completely unexpected news that actor Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, is off the market! The British actor announced the happy news Wednesday morning in a very traditional fashion. U.K.’s newspaper The Times of London publicized the actor and his fiancé’s wedding announcement under the section "Forthcoming Marriages." Since then, we've learned a little more about the bride-to-be.

"Mr B.T. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter," began the announcement. "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."

Sophie Hunter, 36, is a theater director and fellow Brit. In fact, Hunter is quite distinguished - she is the granddaughter of the late General Sir James Michael Gow GCB, Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath, who was an equerry (an officer charged with supervision of the horses belonging to a royal family).

Hunter’s theater career is well-developed as well. She directed The Shackleton Project, an experimental play that went on the North American tour last year. Cumberbatch’s fiancé also directed a rendition of Henrik’s Ibsen’s Ghosts on Broadway and received the Samuel Beckett Award in 2007 for writing and directing The Terrific Electric, a play at the Barbican Centre.

The future Mrs. Cumberbatch has the acting itch as well. She played Maria Osborne in the 2004 film Vanity Fair opposite Reese Witherspoon.

Just last year, the Sherlock actor spoke about settling down one day.

"It is a wonderful thing to get married young and become a father," he revealed to Elle Japan. "I used to think that I’d get married in my mid-30s 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."

The British hunk has finally found his love with Hunter after having previously been in a 12-year relationship with college girlfriend and actress Olivia Poulet. The two ended their relationship in 2011 and Cumberbatch has been with Hunter since 2013.

Congratulations to the happy couple! Judging by his hush-hush relationship with Hunter, Cumberbatch might try to keep preparations for his big day under wraps as well!


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