Sophie Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch Fiancee: Who is She? Facts and Photos

November 5, 2014 Updated: November 5, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch has become engaged to actress Sophie Hunter, and fans are wondering about Hunter.

Cumberbatch, 38, announced the engagement to Hunter, 35, in the Times of London.

“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,” the announcement read.

Hunter is a theatre and opera director as well as an actress. She directed the North American tour of the play 69 degrees South, which portrayed the voyage of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, and the New York production of the oepra The Rape of Lucretia, among other plays and operas.

Actress Sophie Hunter (L) and designer Max Osterweis attend Dior and The Weinstein Company's Opening Of 'Picturing Marilyn' at Milk Gallery on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
Actress Sophie Hunter (L) and designer Max Osterweis attend Dior and The Weinstein Company’s Opening Of ‘Picturing Marilyn’ at Milk Gallery on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

 

Hunter has also appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Torchwood and Misdomer Murders, and the 2004 adaptation of “Vanity Fair” starring Reese Witherspoon.

Hunter initially met Cumberbatch on the set of Susan Luciani’s 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales, an independent thriller set in a 1930s theatre, in which Hunter played Annabel Blythe-Smith to Cumberbatch’s Henry Clark, reported the Telegraph.

They started dating earlier this year.

Hunter, who gained a degree in Modern Langauges from Oxford University, is also an award-winner, having received the 2007 Samuel Beckett award for writing and directing her own play, The Terrific Electric, at the Barbican Centre.

Both Hunter and Cumberbatch hail from distinguished family lines. Hunter’s parents are divorced.

Cumberbatch previously dated designer Anna Joens.

After the 2012 split, his sister Tracy Peacock told The Sun: “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.”

A photo of the the forthcoming marriages section of The Times newspaper which features an announcement that screen star Benedict Cumberbatch has become engaged to the theatre director Sophie Hunter, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The 38-year-old actor known for his modern-day portrayal of the British sleuth is being praised for his role as code-breaking genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Turing's work cracking of German codes helped win World War II, but he was later prosecuted for homosexuality and committed suicide.  (AP Photo, PA)
A photo of the the forthcoming marriages section of The Times newspaper which features an announcement that screen star Benedict Cumberbatch has become engaged to the theatre director Sophie Hunter, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo, PA)

Cumberbatch’s spokeswoman, Karon Maskill, confirmed the engagement.

The announcement comes only weeks after another eligible bachelor tied the knot. Hollywood star, George Clooney, married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

The 38-year-old Cumberbatch became a global star with his modern-day portrayal of the cerebral sleuth Sherlock on BBC, and is being praised for his role as code-breaking genius Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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