Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter make a coupled-up outing in LA


Move over, Tiddles! Hunterbatch is here!! Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are in LA this week, for some reason, and they were photographed on Monday, going out to lunch and doing some shopping. They didn’t bring baby Christopher, unfortunately. Christopher is about 15 months old right now, and my guess is that they probably did bring him to LA but he’s back at their hotel or rental with the nanny.

It feels like it’s been ages since we saw the Hunterbatch, but that’s not really true. They were out at Wimbledon last month, and in May, they made an appearance at Pres. Obama’s speech in London. I also speculated in May that Sophie looked sort of pregnant. I’m about to speculate the same thing based on these photos! She does look a bit bumpy, although I think we should acknowledge that Sophie Hunter does enjoy some baggy clothing in general. Pregnant or not, she likes loose, flowy dresses. Is that the case here? Is it just a light, loose summer dress giving her bump-illusion, or is she knocked up again?

I’m also wondering why Benedict and Sophie are in LA. Is it work or pleasure? Benedict isn’t on promotional duty, I don’t think. Doctor Strange doesn’t come out until November, but it’s possible that Bendy is conducting some magazine interviews right now. It was also recently announced that Benedict will star in an adaptation of the book Rogue Male. Which… sounds pretty butch for Bendy the Otter. Rogue Otter, more like.




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  1. lilacflowers says:

    *Makes a pitcher of Comet Sophies for everyone*

    Is there a special Bad Hat store that he frequents?

    • shelly says:

      Yes lilac its called the Arsehattery shop, and he has loyalty card.

      • Grace says:

        I must have been away from Benedict threads for too long. What’s with all these… awful looking hats?

      • lilacflowers says:

        The last one was too small but that didn’t keep him from walking about with it perched on top of his head.

        This one looks like he stole it from Mark Rylance, thinking “Mark Rylance wears this hat. If I wear it, I’ll look like a great, respected Oscar winning, serious actor who would never do a comic book movie.”

      • hermia says:

        “This one looks like he stole it from Mark Rylance, thinking “Mark Rylance wears this hat. If I wear it, I’ll look like a great, respected Oscar winning, serious actor who would never do a comic book movie.”

        OUCH! :))

    • Sixer says:

      Mr Sixer has that t-shirt, though! He is however, and as ever, unhatted.

      • lilacflowers says:

        I breathe a sigh of relief that Mr Sixer is unhatted. Although I am sure that if he tried to put a monstrosity like that hat on his head, you would quickly save him from himself.

      • Sixer says:

        I wouldn’t really notice it as a monstrosity, I’m afraid to say! He has to groom and outfit himself: no point looking to me for advice!

    • vauvert says:

      Forget the hat, I am offended by the plastic bottles. (Only half joking… I guess in their case, if they’re travelling, it’s understandable to not have a refillable one… but it just annoys the heck out of me.)

      I think this is her style of dress and frankly it’s refreshing to see something light, summery and normal rather than the tight, super short, breasts spilling out (see Mimi’s visit with the kids to the Au Fudge restaurant yesterday) that the Kartrashians have made the norm. I’m sure someone will pick on her sandals too – actually things I would wear.

      As for Bendy and the hats, maybe he is just self conscious about the receding hair line? But in that case, he shouldn’t draw attention with this sad affair. And what the heck is Male Rogue – either a Regency romance adaptation or a Star Wars spinoff?

      • Ang says:

        Hairline’s in the same spot tho. Always been set back. My guess is his hair is longer than he is willing to deal with, my fiance will absolutely shove the first hat on his head he can find when he’s due for a cut and I don’t think he’s alone in that lol

      • spidey says:

        I have plastic water bottles and refill them all the time from the tap (faucet?)

  2. shelly says:

    I actually quite like what she’s wearing, for a summers day. He on the other hand looks like a shower of shite.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      I love her dress and the shoes. I love her style in general.

    • Chicken says:

      I pretty much always like what she wears. I hate bodycon stuff in general. And tailored clothes just look like … Reese Witherspoon, or something. Give me flowing, baggy, and big any day.

      • Janetdr says:

        Yep, I love her look and the shoes. I also like the arm candy but I would make him take that hat off. My guy is always trying to hide his magnificent red hair under dopey hats and the only one that looks good is a cowboy hat.

  3. Moxie Remon says:

    The way she touches him is so weird and mechanical.

    • Sixer says:

      I thought more “in the way couples usually behave while out shopping”.

    • lilacflowers says:

      Well, he is weird and mechanical; she’s just trying to make him look more human.

    • Christianna says:

      She allegedly used to call him repulsive behind his back and now she’s married to him, what did we expect?

      • Meg D says:

        Nah, that’s a lie one of those obsessed psycho loons on Tumble made up, you know, the ones who claim she’s a master criminal blackmailing him into faking their baby and that the Queen is in on it. ;D

    • Phoebe says:

      The fact that she often seems to put her arm up around his neck at this weird angle since she’s shorter than him rather than around his waist is a weird signature move for her.

      Sophie + arm around his shoulder is equal to Taylor + hand holding

      • Timbuktu says:

        Thank you! I’m afraid to say that it looks unnatural, I worry I will immediately be accused of being a Tumbler stan who is butthurt that her “man” got away.
        I’m not saying that her arm that way means anything or that it’s a sign he needs to be saved from a loveless marriage, but, to me, it does look uncomfortable and unnatural, so I’m not sure where people see comfortable and natural, tbh.

      • A mascarada says:

        Yeah, the only thing I have to say here it’s that to have your arm around somebody’s (taller than you) neck is weird.

      • Meg D says:

        I don’t think there’s any threat of that, the Tumblr nuts are pretty unsubtle.

        They do look awkward, I think it’s a posh Brit thing.

  4. Felice. says:

    Doctor Strange reshoots

    • Maire3 says:

      Or ADR. Or press. If the movie is due for Nov, print media is often scheduled a few months in advance, especially since end of year releases tend to be packed.

      It’s so hot where I am, I get heat rashy just looking at Kardashian photos. Sophie looks comfy here. And BC looks as he does, I guess.

      • Felice. says:

        Thing about ADR is that it can be done anywhere so it is probably a mix of the three as you said.

      • Maire3 says:

        That’s a fair point about ADR. Sometimes when I watch a DVD commentary, it is revealed that the 4 people (actors, director, writer) aren’t even in the same room/ city/country. lol.

  5. jeanpierre says:

    I like his bag. Cute little burro.

  6. Mia4S says:

    I actually love that dress, it’s been 70000 degrees for weeks where I am. That dress would be perfect.

    I assume Sherlock is done filming? Need to get a better look at the hair. 😉

  7. Snowflake says:

    You guys, RKelly is dating a 19 yr old, according to the daily mail! Barf! Idk how to submit a tip, so I’m posting it here

    • can't even says:

      so I guess I was too young at the time, so I just recently discovered that he was married to Aaliyah? WTF is wrong w this man and why does he have a career?

  8. grabbyhands says:

    Dear Benny-please remember the sunblock this time. Your last big spin through sunny California aged you a good ten years in just a few months.

  9. Intro Outro says:

    They look nice and natural together and her style is very cute is all I can say. Cozy pics ^_^

    • Sullivan says:

      I agree. Her dress and shoes are summer perfection. They look cute together.

    • Bonzo says:

      Yeah, I got no snark here. Maybe in a few months after we’ve been inundated with Dr Strange promo.

      They look comfortable together and I like her dress. That’s what I’d wear on a hot day.

  10. sensible says:

    I have said it before, but more than any other celebrity couple, these two just look like siblings to me. If they were nobody’s and you showed me this picture I would just think it’s just a brother/sister shopping trip.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Phew, sensible! I was thinking I should make an appointment to see the optometrist, because the first thing I thought was, “Strange…they’re starting to look like twins…” My son and daughter are the opposite; whenever they go out together, people think they’re girlfriend and boyfriend. His girlfriend often tells people she used to get jealous when she saw them together, because she’d fancied him for ages.

      I think Mrs Batch look really nice in her dress and sandals. I can’t wait for Summer to return, because I love these floaty dresses, and am fed up with the Winter woolies.

  11. Betti says:

    Like her dress. He must have a movie to shill with these public PDAs. Reminds me of the Oscar campaign

    • Abby_J says:

      Is it really to the level of Public PDA? I mean, they are touching. It isn’t like they are pap kissing in Rome or on a rock in Rhode Island. It’s a husband and wife out shopping together. If that is what counts as PDA, my husband and I must be downright pornographic. We are always holding hands or have our arms around each other, etc….

  12. pikawho? says:

    I like Sophie’s outfit, weirdly? It seems very “air flow-y” lol

  13. Insomniac says:

    I saw a Dr. Strange promo during the Olympics last night. It looked like “Batman Begins” meets “Inception”. Which isn’t a bad combo to me.

    • Intro Outro says:

      So many other films’ vibes in a whole array of recent trailers. Like the ones that were shown during SDCC ’16. Inception vibes in Doctor Strange, Apocalypse Now in Kong: Skull Island. It’s difficult to make new things in the world of big studio blockbusters xD

  14. boredblond says:

    Boy do they look alike..and I like her dress

  15. Lostmymind says:

    He looks like he’s looking for the escape hatch.

  16. Christianna says:

    I feel like Sophie’s been dreaming of this day when she gets papped at Nobu like a proper A-list celeb. Once you see her craning keenly her neck at Wimbeldon, you can’t unsee it.

    Christ, did they leave the babe in London with a nanny?

    • SusanneToo says:

      Perhaps they left him in an LA hotel room with the nanny. Their business, not ours.

      • bread says:

        This is a gossip site.

      • Felice. says:


        Something people need to comprehend with BC articles.

      • Jules says:

        This isn’t directed at the parent commenter above because I didn’t think that was so bad, but I have to say people sometimes stretch the definition of gossip to include straight-up maliciousness so that it’s “ok” to do.

        Gossip is discussing how some person cheated on their spouse because there were questionable photos or some rag ran a story, not typing “this person is clearly cheating on their spouse because they’re bad.” The latter is just relatively baseless nastiness toward a total stranger, and I can’t get what type of person enjoys spending their time like that.

        *gets off soapbox*

      • Spiderpig says:

        I agree with Jules. And whenever we have a Ben and Sophie thread we get a zillion comments from new, fake usernames who are obviously the Tumblr fake baby lot. That’s not gossip it’s disturbing fan obsession.

    • Meg D says:

      The kid is with them in LA, according to sightings. They probably have a nanny who travels with them, pretty much all actors with young kids do.

  17. The Original Mia says:

    I like the dress. I think they look normal and casual for a sunny LA day.

  18. flora says:

    Love the dress, but I find the sandals minging! His outfit is not too bad. They dress like any other London couple with zero money problems.

  19. kri says:

    The Twin Spouses. They look relaxed and happy. And alike. But I will love him always for his talent (among other things). Cumberb*tch for life.

  20. Joanie says:

    I hear Katia Elizarova might be getting married. Remember the glory days of 2012 when the Katia/Ben threads had 600+ comments? I wonder if Ben ever experiences a sense of irony at trading one fame wh*re for another. At least Elizarova would have pretended to like him.

    • Felice. says:

      Good times. She did an interview recently and mentioned him. It was extremely backhanded.

      • Joanie says:

        Oh really, Felice? Interesting. Do you have a link?

      • Felice. says:

        It’s in Russian so maybe it’s a lost in translation. Still, someone’s bitter.

      • Joanie says:

        Thanks Felice, that was interesting.

      • Timbuktu says:

        That is a weird answer. Would something along the lines of “well, I can DEFINITELY say he isn’t gay – wink-wink” be more appropriate and even expected of his ex? Surely even his wife wouldn’t be offended, given that there was no overlap. I mean, today more than ever having kids without having sex is quite possible, so a kid is proof of absolutely nothing, however, a sexual relationship with a woman is at the very least proof that he is bi, not gay.

      • Felice. says:

        No. I think she’s one of those people who is so full of themselves that she thinks every person that rejects her MUST be gay.

      • Spiderpig says:

        He’s not gay. I know his ex Olivia very well and they were together for years and years. He might be bi I suppose (though I’ve never heard any gossip on that front).

      • hermia says:

        Of course he’s not gay, he was with Olivia Poulet for at least a decade. He seems straight to me, I don’t get any gay vibes off him.
        He seems a bit awkward sex-wise, a tad infantile, but not gay. Not that I’d care.
        He also seems to have sub-zero chemistry with his wife, but they look like they are fond of each other and they enjoy being together.
        Not every union is based on passion, by the way.

  21. Snotface says:

    He’s *still* wearing those grey pants with the ripped knee? My word, Benny, they must be the most comfortable pants in the world. I remember them from 2014!

    They look fine here. I agree that her arm around his neck looks a little awkward, but whatever. If she’s not pregnant now, my guess is she will be by the end of the year. BC would want a sibling for his kid.

    • hermia says:

      I agree, Also, DS will come out in the cinemas so he will want to have a pregnant wife to attract attention. It worked the first time,

    • Felice. says:

      Lainey has more pictures. She’s flat as a board.

  22. Joanie says:

    It’s worth noting that Burro (Ben’s holding a bag with the logo) is on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. I’m working in Venice right now. You never see paps here. They were definitely called.

    • Felice. says:

      He loves Venice. Maybe you’ll see him sometime.

      • Joanie says:

        They’re probably staying here…Robert Downy Jr. has a place here, and Ben has stayed there. There’s also an apartment here that he likes to rent. Or, Marvel could have him put up somewhere, if they own property nearby.

    • j says:

      ?? abbot kinney is known for having paps. it’s often on celeb spotting lists too

  23. JOYCE says:

    I think rental baby of NY is on his way to Malibu Beach with his real mother now. 😛

    • Meg D says:

      Not sure if this comment is a spoof or not. If it’s not, and you genuinely think this couple faked a pregnancy and rent babies for pap ops, please seek immediate psychiatric care. Or stop going to Tumblr conspiracy theorist obsessed fan blogs.