Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter Expecting Their First Child

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A Cumber-baby is on the way!

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiancée Sophie Hunter are expecting a baby together, his rep confirms in a statement.

“They are both over the moon,” says the rep.

It is the first child for the couple, whose surprise November engagement set off a social media frenzy.

Cumberbatch — who earned a best actor Golden Globes nomination for his role in The Imitation Game — and Hunter, 36, walked the red carpet together Saturday at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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

The theatre director and actress wore a flowy, patterned dress and the actor said his main focus was on the upcoming awards shows and filming a new season of his hit TV series, Sherlock.

“One thing at a time!” Cumberbatch, 38, told PEOPLE in regard to any wedding planning.

In November, the actor told PEOPLE of possible baby plans, “Oh, my God. Well, my mother is also waiting for Cumberbabies.”

Keira Knightley, Cumberbatch’s Imitation Game costar, is also pregnant and expecting her first child with her husband, musician James Righton.

The New York Post‘s Page Six was the first to report the pregnancy.

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