Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch engaged to girlfriend Sophie Hunter

Published Wednesday, Nov 5 2014, 09:46 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Benedict Cumberbatch has shattered many a heart around the world by announcing his engagement to girlfriend Sophie Hunter.

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 Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the Men's Final of Roland Garros French Tennis Open 2014 - Day 15 at Roland Garros on June 8, 2014 in Paris, France.

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Pictured together at the French Open in 2014.

The Sherlock heartthrob has always kept his private life firmly away from the spotlight, but eagle eyed readers of The Times newspaper have noticed an engagement announcement.

The simple announcement reads: "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."

Benedict Cumberbatch at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine - Arrivals, 2014

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A publicist added to Sky News: "I am delighted to confirm this morning's announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are engaged."

Sophie is an actress and theatre director.

Many fans of the actor have congratulated him via Twitter and applauded the "classy" and discreet way his happy news was announced.

According to the Mail On Sunday, actor Benedict, 38, flew to Scotland to seek Sophie's parents' permission before he popped the question.

The couple met back in 2009 but romance didn't blossom until later. They've gone to great lengths to keep their relationship away from the public eye and have rarely been photographed together.

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