Benedict Cumberbatch explains his old school wedding announcement to Sophie Hunter

The actor said it’s what he would have done “if I wasn’t famous”

Ella Alexander
Tuesday 11 November 2014 10:18
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is one of our straight allies
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is one of our straight allies

Benedict Cumberbatch surprised both the public and the press with his admirably discreet engagement announcement last week, publishing a small notification in the classified section of The Times.

Eschewing months of media speculation and paparazzi hounding, the Sherlock Holmes actor opted for a quieter, traditional route.

He will marry British director and actress Sophie Hunter.

“It’s what I would have done if I wasn’t famous,” he told USA Today.

“It’s a normal thing to do in my country. It was a way of telling our friends who we hadn’t been able to tell before (they saw) some grainy shot of a ring on her finger.”

The announcement read:

Hunter and Cumberbatch acted alongside each other in 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales, set in a Thirties London theatre.

His friend Matthew Goode agreed that it was “old school”, adding, “I like that.”

Talking at a Chanel-hosted screening of Cumberbatch’s new film, The Imitation Game, in Los Angeles Goode said that plans for a stag do were in the pipeline.

“He’s getting on a plane so we won’t have much time,” said Goode. “We’ll do it in New York maybe, at my place.”

In addition to being an award-winning director, Hunter is also bilingual (she studied at Oxford), a highly skilled equestrian, pianist and athlete. She’s also recorded an album with Guy Chambers, in which she sang in French and she breezily runs four theatre companies.

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