Most couples celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fancy dinner or a romantic night out, but British actor Benedict Cumberbatch took it up a notch by marrying his pregnant fiancé Sophie Hunter on the Valentine’s weekend.

After going public with their relationship, the 38-year-old actor and his fiancé got married on the Isle of Wight.

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch


The “Sherlock” star has been trying to keep his relationship with actress Sophie Hunter out of the limelight after being spotted together at the French Open in June 2014. At that time, they were believed to have been dating for several months but neither Cumberbatch nor his reps confirmed it. However, he finally gave in and made a surprise announcement about his engagement with Hunter in November 2014. The news sent shockwaves across the internet as he announced his engagement through a notice on British daily national newspaper, The Time.

Before Cumberbatch began his relationship with Hunter, he dated “The Thick of It” star Olivia Poulet for 12 years. After they broke up, he briefly dated designer Anna Jones before going back to being single in 2012. Hunter, who is also a theatrical director in London, is best known for directing a play “The Terrific Electric” in 2007 and signed productions of Britten’s opera “The Rape of Lucretia”. She met Cumberbatch when she played Annabel Blythe-Smith to the actor’s Henry Clark in 2009’s “Burlesque Fairytale.”

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Despite his best efforts to keep a low-profile relationship with the actress, Cumberbatch attended multiple awards ceremonies with her due to his much-acclaimed performance as Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”. In January 2014, the actor’s publicist confirmed that he will become a father soon because the engaged couple are currently expecting their first child together. They are set to hold their wedding ceremony this Spring but it seems like the ceremony arrived earlier than expected as British media outlets reported that the two wed in the South of England on Valentine’s Day. Only close friends and family have been invited to the ceremony but it is unclear who are among the guests.

No further details about the wedding ceremony have been revealed yet but we will keep you updated.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be seen next in Marvel‘s Doctor Strange.

(Source: Telegraph / Featured image)

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