Benedict Cumberbatch Is a Dad! Actor Welcomes First Child, a Baby Boy, With Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock and The Imitation Game star wed the actress and director on Valentine's Day

By Corinne Heller Jun 13, 2015 4:27 PMTags
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sophie Hunter, British Academy Film AwardsRichard Young/Rex/REX USA

UPDATE: Three months after the baby's arrival, multiple reports can confirm that the couple named their child Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch. Carlton is a family middle name that has been passed down from Cumberbatch's side of the family. 


Benedict Cumberbatch is a dad!

The 38-year-old Sherlock and The Imitation Game star and wife Sophie Hunter, a 37-year-old actress and director, have welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Cumberbatch's rep told People magazine and USA Today on Saturday.

"Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son," the outlets quoted the rep as saying in a statement. "We would kindly ask everyone to respect the family's privacy during these next few precious weeks."

The name of the British couple's son was not revealed.

Cumberbatch's rep had announced her pregnancy in January, two months after the pair got engaged. The two got married in a private wedding ceremony on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, on the Isle of Wright in England in front of family and friends, including Cumberbatch's Sherlock and The Hobbit co-star Martin Freeman.

A week later, Hunter showcased her baby bump in red Lanvin gown at the 2015 Oscars, where Cumberbatch was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Imitation Game.