Sep 13, 2014 22:30
By Simon Boyle
The case of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch’s mystery girlfriend has finally been cracked...
Actor Benedict, 38, was first spotted with a new woman at a tennis match this summer, and speculation about her identity has been rife among his fans.
But today we can confirm the actor’s leading lady is Oxford-educated theatre director Sophie Hunter, 36.
The pair are said to have been in a steady relationship for a number of weeks and have been spotted out together many times recently.
When asked about the relationship, Sophie’s mum Anna said cryptically at her home in Edinburgh: “Watch this space. You never know.”
Benedict has previously said he wants someone with good “conversation skills”. And intelligent Sophie fits the bill.
She studied French and Italian at Oxford before enrolling at the prestigious Jacques Lecoq school of theatre in Paris – where students have included Sacha Baron Cohen, Steven Berkoff and Geoffrey Rush.
After TV parts including Midsomer Murders and a small role in 2004 movie Vanity Fair, she appeared with Benedict in the 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales, set in a 1930s London theatre.
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