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Benedict Cumberbatch Engaged! Announcement Made In Newspaper

06/11/2014 13:59 | Updated 20 May 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch is officially off the market and is engaged to his girlfriend Sophie Hunter. *Cue sound of hearts shattering across the country*.

Benedict Cumberbatch

'Cumberb*****s' will heave a collective sob as the announcement was formally made in the Forthcoming Marriages section of The Times.

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It 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."

Benedict Cumberbatch engaged: Announcement made in newspaper

According to the Daily Telegraph, a spokesman for Cumberbatch has confirmed the engagement, but there has been no talk of a wedding date.

Sophie Hunter is a theatre director and an actress. She studied French and Italian at Oxford before studying at the prestigious Jacques Lecoq school of theatre in Paris.

It is thought the pair have been dating since the spring, but have kept their relationship out of the limelight.

Benedict has settled down two years since he split from fashion designer Anna Jones in 2012. He also dated actress and screenwriter Olivia Poulet for 10 years until their split in 2012.

Speaking to the Mirror last year, Benedict described his ideal girlfriend, saying: "A woman who knows that she doesn't have to get all decked out to look good is sexy.

"A woman who can make you feel smart with her conversation skills is also sexy. I believe the sense of humour is important. I also think someone who is good at working with others is sexy."

Sounds like he's met his perfect match. Congrats!

We haven't seen a picture of the ring yet, but you can see a host of celebrity sparklers in our glittering gallery:

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