LONDON, November 5, 2014 (AFP) – British actor Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement the old-fashioned way on Wednesday — by placing a notice in The Times newspaper.
The 38-year-old star of Sherlock and The Imitation Game is to marry British theatre director Sophie Hunter, 36. The couple have reportedly been dating for several months.
The notice said simply: “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.”
— The Times of London (@thetimes) November 5, 2014
Cumberbatch is one of Britain’s most successful actors, known for playing complicated but brilliant figures such as super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes and computing pioneer Alan Turing.
The announcement threatens to break the hearts of many of his devoted fans, who are known as “Cumberbitches”.
The Times’s Births, Marriages and Deaths is the traditional place for well-connected Britons to announce key milestones in family life. But it is rare for such a high-profile celebrity to announce their engagement in such a way rather than through a publicist’s press release.
Once the notice, which can be viewed above, had been shared on Twitter it didn’t take long for congratulations and no shortage of heartbreak to spread.
If Benedict Cumberbatch really is engaged…the internet will explode today. #cumberbatch
— Mookie L (@mookie_loughran) November 5, 2014
— Carol Dahmen (@sactotrixie) November 5, 2014
— Lucid Representation (@LucidRep) November 5, 2014
"…a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of ovaries cried out in lust and were suddenly silenced" #cumberbatch
— Teàrlag Coillear (@cutteroo) November 5, 2014
— 9GAG (@9GAG) November 5, 2014
— Joe Michalczuk – Sky (@joemichalczuk) November 5, 2014
I must say, if the news is coming from a proper printed paper instead of social media, I already admire his engagement news :D #Cumberbatch
— Rachel Anderson (@reetsjel) November 5, 2014
#Cumberbatch breaking a few hearts today.
— Jen McD (@jen_mcd) November 5, 2014
So #cumberbatch is tying the knot! Hearts being broken across the world!
— vivek s nambiar (@ivivek_nambiar) November 5, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch announcing his engagement in the Times' 'Births, Deaths and Marriages' section is the most #Cumberbatch thing ever.
— Mark Holt (@MarkHolt4) November 5, 2014
A wonderfully understated, typically British way to announce a celebrity engagement: in the Times' Births, Marriages & Deaths #Cumberbatch
— Richard W Collins (@richardwcollins) November 5, 2014
The surprise element was seized upon by this Twitter user.
— Jon Abbott (@jon_abbott) November 5, 2014
Even someone who doesn’t appear to know who Cumberbatch is was happy about the whole thing.
— Ben Fuller (@politicsastar) November 5, 2014
© AFP 2014
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement the old-fashioned way on Wednesday — by placing a notice in The Times newspaper.