A small notice in the Forthcoming Marriages section of The Times said the Sherlock star is engaged to his girlfriend, 36-year-old Oxford graduate Sophie Hunter.
The announcement reads: "Mr BT. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter: The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cmberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London."
Miss Hunter, who is a theatre director and an an actress, played Annabel Blythe-Smith to Cumberbatch’s Henry Clark in the thriller “Burlesque Fairytales” in 2009.