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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter confirm they are expecting their first child


Benedict Cumberbatch is set to become a father as it was confirmed that his fiancée Sophie Hunter, 36, is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

A spokesperson for the Sherlock star revealed the news in a statement saying: “I am delighted to confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child. They are both over the moon.”

The couple announced their engagement back in November in the notices section of The Times, with a wedding set to take place in the spring. 

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

In an interview with The Big Issue in November, Benedict, 38, appeared to hint at his impending fatherhood when he said how he was starting to “step back a little more” and spend time with his loved ones. 

“As I get older I increasingly feel the need to step back, ask what I’m neglecting, what do other people need of me. I want to be more impulsive, to be able to suddenly go away for the weekend. Whenever I get the rare chance to be impulsive I grab it with both hands, which is why I do stupid things sometimes. Having said that, I don’t know how long I’ll ride a motorbike for. I’m sure if and when I become a dad I won’t want to do that any more.”

The actor is currently up for a Golden Globe for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and it's also thought he'll be nominated in both the Baftas and the Oscars. 


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