Another of Hollywood’s hottest actors is off the market. Oscar nominee and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (TAG) said “I do” with his pregnant partner Sophie Hunter on Valentine’s Day. (Cut to: a universal “aaawwww”!)
Ahead of becoming first-time parents this summer, the attractive pair wed in a Saint Valentine-worthy ceremony on the Isle of Wight, an island in England.
The pair officially tied the knot in the spectacular medieval St Peter & St Paul church, after which guests migrated with the newlyweds to Mottistone Manor – a gorgeous period property that played host to the reception.
According to People magazine the venue has particular significance for 36-year-old Sophie, who is said to be related to the Nicholson family who once owned the manor.
“Sophie is one of the Nicholsons, which is why they have chosen to have it here,” a local source told the publication. “The Nicholson family used to own the manor until they sold it to the National Trust. It’s a beautiful house.”
Guests at the couple’s nuptials included British actors Tom Hiddleston, Tobias Menzies and Andrew Scott – who plays Moriarty in Sherlock. It is thought that Martin Freeman acted as Benedict’s best man.
Notably absent from proceedings were Benedict’s long-time friend and co-star Keira Knightley and Dame Judi Dench, whom he has known since he was very young.
While pregnant Keira was otherwise engaged at the Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Dame Judi was busy in London promoting her new film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
“I wish they’d had a better day,” she told People, referring to the bad weather. “I hear it’s on the Isle of Wight – well, that’s lovely. I expect they’re having a lovely day anyway.”
Benedict and Sophie’s wedding comes three months after they announced their engagement and just one month after they revealed the exciting news that they are expecting their first baby together.
“I am delighted to confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child,” confirmed the actor’s publicist in January. “They are both over the moon.”