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:
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