Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mystery of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch's new girlfriend has finally been solved

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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