Who is Benedict Cumberbatch’s Fiancée Sophie Hunter?

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If you see people rioting in the street this morning, it’s because Benedict Cumberbatch has gotten engaged. Obviously, the “Cumberbitches” — the Sherlock actor’s rabid fan base — can’t be happy to hear this news, especially since the new fiancée will likely be accompanying him on his is press tour for his upcoming film The Imitation Game.

So who’s the ultimate Cumberbitch who stole Cumberbatch?

Her name is Sophie Hunter, and — like the too-good-to-be-true Amal Alamuddin before her — she’s impressive. So drop your fantasies of breaking them up.

Hunter is a 36-year-old graduate of the University of Oxford and an award-winning theater director. After graduating with a degree in modern languages from Oxford, she was accepted to the Jacques Lecoq school of theater in Paris. In 2007, she received the Samuel Beckett award for writing and directing her own play, The Terrific Electric. She’s also directed several operas, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. She’s even recorded her own French language album.

Moreover, she’s a film actress: She and Cumberbatch met on the set of Susan Luciani’s 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales. She also had a small role in 2004’s Vanity Fair.

You can watch her in a short called Traffic Warden:

To sum up: She checks all the boxes. She’s smart, beautiful, multi-talented, cosmopolitan and has a lot in common with Cumberbatch. Sorry, Cumberbitches.

Let’s just hope, for her sake, that Cumberbatch has a better appreciation for the institution of marriage than his character on Sherlock does:

Meet Benedict Cumberbatch's Fiancée Sophie Hunter

Sophie Hunter
Hunter poses in a photo shoot for Savoy Magazine on July 1, 2004.James Bareham—Corbis
VANITY FAIR, Romola Garai, Jim Broadbent, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, 2004, (c) Focus Features/courtesy Ev
Hunter (left) had a small role as Maria Osborne in the 2004 film Vanity FairFocus Films
She played the character Tiffany Glass in the pilot for the TV series Mumbai Calling in 2007ITV/REX USA
Hunter and Cumberbatch met on the set of the 2009 film Burlesque FairytalesDouble Barrel Productions
'Enron' press night after party for the West End transfer at the St Martins Lane Hotel, London, Britain - 26 Jan 2010
Sophie Hunter was the associate director on Broadway's Enron. Here she attends the Enron press night in London on Jan. 26, 2010. Dan Wooller—Rex USA
Great Performances
Hunter (top left), played a witch alongside Sir Patrick Stewart's Macbeth in PBS' Great Performances: Macbeth in 2010.Thirteen Productions LLC
The Collective Dinner, London, Britain - 15 May 2014
Hunter and Cumberbatch started seeing each other sometime after Cumberbatch's split from designer Anna Jones in 2012. Here Hunter attends The Collective Dinner in London on May 15, 2014. Rex USA
Celebrities At French Open 2014 : Day 15
The very private couple was recently spotted together at the French Open on June 8, 2014 in Paris, France. Rindoff/Charriau/French Select/Getty Images

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