Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter are expecting their second child


Well, we can officially say that the Doctor Strange promotional tour has finally started. Benedict Cumberbatch hasn’t done a major promotional tour in two years, since The Imitation Game. He pulled out all of the stops for that one, announcing his engagement to Sophie Hunter and then confirming the pregnancy a few months later. Major promotional tours are tied to Sophie’s fertility now, because guess who’s knocked up for the Strange promotional tour? YAS! These are photos of Sophie and Benedict Strange at last night’s LA premiere of Doctor Strange. I honestly would not have bump-watched her based on this dress alone, but apparently her bump was more obvious in person, because E! News reported this:

Benedict Cumberbatch is going to add another little one to his family! E! News has exclusively learned that the actor’s wife Sophie Hunter is pregnant with their second child.

The celeb couple hit the red carpet Thursday night in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming film Doctor Strange. Looking dapper as always in a velvet blazer, Cumberbatch flashed his famous grin alongside his expecting wife, who donned an all-black, strapless gown.

[From E! News]

I think it’s for real. Now that we know what to look for, I sort of see it. The dress cleverly hides the bump, but it’s still there. Benedict and Sophie welcomed their son Christopher last summer, probably around June (although they fudged the date a little bit). My guess is that Sophie is already about three months along, which means she’ll probably have this baby before Christopher’s second birthday. I get it – Benedict just turned 40 and Sophie is 38. The window is closing so why not do a second pregnancy close to the first? Congrats to them! And I hope there’s less craziness and fewer conspiracies around this pregnancy.

Update: Bendy’s rep confirmed the news! Mazel tov.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. t.fanty says:

    I guess that now he’s making Marvel money, he’s finally letting her hire a stylist. That’s the best she has ever looked.

    (Also, mazel tov on the baby.)

    • lightpurple says:

      She looks lovely. Her arms look more toned too. And yes, mazel tov on the baby. Comet Sophies all around.

      • SMD says:

        They look great here! Sophie looks fabulous, love everything about this look and even though fashionable she looks relaxed and comfortable which shows! Win.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      She always had good style. It was both cute and interesting, which is very rare for celeb wives.

    • SusanneToo says:

      I thought she looked fine before, too.

    • Bonzo says:

      My favorite dress was the blue one she wore to the Globes during his campaign. Her hair was up like it is here. This is now my second favorite dress.

      We’ve been speculating that she would be preggers by now and voila! she’s sporting a bump. Now, do you think butthurt fans will be coming up with new fake baby conspiracy theories?

      ETA: never mind, just read the posts below… *sigh*

      I was 35 when I got married so I had both kiddos by the time I was 40 — that sh*t is harder on your body the older you get! Trade-off is I’m a better parent than I would have been in my 20’s.

      • Carol says:

        We married at 33 and wanted a good-sized family so four kids in four years; they are taking it slow according to my schedule!

    • Miss M says:

      She looks lovely! Congrats to baby Cumby – the second!

    • teacakes says:

      yeah, she looks lovely – and here’s hoping for less/no crazy surrounding this pregnancy.

  2. Nemera77 says:

    She looks good. And in the side view you can see a bump.. I love her dress..

    Congrats to them.. Babies are amazing

  3. Sixer says:

    Perhaps she hated pregnancy so much she had to do it the second time lickety split or else she’d never have faced the horror? That was me!

    • lightpurple says:

      And my cousin. Who is about to have her third in as many years.

    • jessica says:

      My mother did the same, my brother and I are 15 months apart. She hated her first pregrancy but wanted a second child. It is actually clever and full of avantages : once you’re done with nursing it is really over, homeworks are easier with a one-year diffrence and we were very close siblings, people used to think we were false twins.

    • Sixer says:

      The Sixlets are 16 months apart. I honestly had to get straight back trying or I’d never have done pregnancy again. I thought the baby bit (and all the bits after the baby bit) was great. But hulking about pregnant? Nuh uh. Dreadful state of affairs.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Thanks for giving me a much needed chuckle this AM. I do appreciate mothers who’re honest about the awkwardness and potential horrors of pregnancy.

        Oh and if I had a band, Dreadful State of Affairs would be its name. Dreadful State for short. 😀

      • Bonzo says:

        You know I share your extreme dislike of the pregnancy part… most miserable 18 months of my life! Some women dread labor, but I couldn’t wait to get those kids out so I could hold them.

        I wanted mine two year apart but had to delay the birth of the second because I needed a promotion to afford the childcare for two, which at the time, was 18k per year.

      • Sixer says:

        I Choose Me: You’re welcome! I’d buy the record.

        Bonzo – I thought it was awful, from throwing up to greasy hair to indigestion to swollen ankles right up to vicious temper, which I am ashamed to admit I sprayed all over my nearest and dearest.

      • Bridget says:

        I couldn’t stand pregnancy either. I was miserable and depresses the whole time. Though I didn’t knock them put quite so quickly in success (they’re 2 yrs apart, almost exactly). However, if I had the money for a nanny and help? Maybe I would have gone for it sooner.

      • Dippit says:

        Sorry to rub it in but I glided through pregnancy, barring the night-time acid. Then my daughter took to being an all round pleasant baby with ease, barring a year of projectile vomiting due to a lazy stomach muscle.

        On her first birthday my husband and I had a discussion about whether to try for a second. Due to lifestyle and career choices, and there being a not inconsiderable age difference between us, we decided we were fine with the family unit we had. ALSO factored in was that we figured no way could we land lucky with the ease of it all a second time around – sod’s law would’ve guaranteed us the ‘baby from hell’ so we stayed fast.

        I think, from experience, having an only child means a bit more thought and effort has to go into helping socialise them and ensure the only child is not a lonely child – my daughter assures us she never was and never felt a lacking.

        She returned from uni for the weekend an hour ago with dissertation blues; I must admit to being glad not to have another one coming up to face the uni pressures at the same time. Parenting with her one month to first draft submission plus a heavy semester coursework load can only be handled in units of one by this mother. 😥

      • Sixer says:

        Dippit – you are now persona non grata to me.

        (Not really!)

        I was fine with labour, finer with newborns, completely fine with toddlers, juniors and adolescents. Just the bit when they were still inside me was rubbish!

      • Carmen says:

        Wow, I was lucky. I sailed through my pregnancy. Best nine months I ever spent. No morning sickness, no bloating, no problems at all. I looked and felt wonderful. And a very quick, easy labor and childbirth to top it off with.

      • Dippit says:

        Sixer, if I say the last ten days (overdue) were less than easy do I get back in the good graces?

        She started coming the day after her due date. I got to the hospital contractions 12 minutes apart. Was examined and declared 3cm dilated. Was told, as we were only 15 minutes from the hospital, that if I preferred, I could go home, relax, and they would see me in a few hours for the final push.

        Then she went back to sleep! It all stopped! I called the hospital to be told that can happen but “the good news is the dilation will stay so it’ll be easier/quicker as and when”. Had two follow-up examinations over the next five days – still dilated, all perfectly tickety-boo with her heart rate etc. I was booked in to be induced the following week.

        NINE bloody days (three before she was set to be chemically encouraged out) after she started she finally decided to stir her stump and make for our waiting arms… QUICKLY. Thank goodness we were only a stone’s throw from the hospital that morning.

        So it did have its moments right enough.

      • Sixer says:

        Oh, Dippit. I had to be induced BOTH TIMES. I honestly thought it was divine retribution or something!

      • byland says:

        My Mom (biological maternal grandmother) had crazy easy pregnancies but incredibly complicated births.

        The most she gained through all three was twenty five pounds the first time around, and both of the last two babies were over nine pounds.

        Her second birth was so fast the baby suffered birth defects that led to epilepsy and more.

        Her third was even faster, although the baby was fine that time. Her pants were still around her ankles and the lights in the exam room were off when he slithered out.

        When the doctor finally came in several minutes later, he flipped the light switch on, saw her standing there with her hands holding herself up on the bed in total shock and the baby crazy his lungs out on the floor several feet in front of her.

        She said it took him a good thirty seconds to snap out of it over what he was seeing and scoop the baby off of the floor.

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      My youngest two are 18 months apart. If I had known how much work my second child was going to be, I never would have had my third; I would have missed out on my daughter, and I love her so freakin’ much! Sometimes I wonder though if my second would be easier to manage if I weren’t so exhausted from having 3. Mum guilt.

      • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

        Lol, the fourth sibling in the family was the “worst”…….she was quiet/a normal baby for all of two days, and then came the screaming. She wasn’t colicky or anything, she was just very, very difficult–she screamed constantly, that was her way of “talking”, and when she was a toddler, if she woke up in her own bed, in the middle of the night (which basically meant if her pacifier fell out of her mouth and she couldn’t find it within ten seconds she’d get up and start screaming), she would get out of her bed, screaming, go down the hall to my parents room and kick at the door until they let her in to sleep with them.

        My mom always said if she had been her first kid, she would’ve been the last one.

    • Lucy says:

      I’m the opposite, I needed a 3 year break to recover from being pregnant. We’re just now starting to try for #2

    • Bashful says:

      Being pregnant was just simply awful. I was lumbering around like an ogre the whole time. After my kiddo arrived via the sun roof, My mantra became “One and Done” as opposed to 3 would be nice

    • Veronica says:

      Or an “oops” pregnancy that occurred while she was nursing. Some women regain fertility a lot faster than they expect and have sex before the BC kicks in. That’s exactly what happened to my friend – especially because the doctors didn’t mention to her that the fertility she meds she was on previously her for her PCOS would increase the likelihood of a second immediate pregnancy. We teased her that it was the most ethnically Irish thing she’d ever done – she missed having “Irish twins” by a mere three weeks. :p

      • Lyonnais says:


        I can count on 2 hands how many people I know whom have had this happen to them. One had her children barely 13 months apart.

      • Lyn says:

        I think I might take the cake. My first two kids are eleven months and 2 days apart!

    • Kate says:

      My bestie did that. Her kids are close in age because her son ‘s birth was so traumatic for her. She thought it if she didn’t go ahead and have a second baby she would be too freaked out to everyone have another.

  4. AG-UK says:

    Like the dress and they took advantage of the sun v tanned.

  5. BeBeA says:

    Soooo , they have been having the unprotected sex, well congrats guys! That’s awesome! Lol

  6. Spiderpig says:

    Nah, the crazies are already throwing massive tantrums and insisting Sophie is an abusive monster who’s faking this pregnancy too.

    • Eve says:

      Probably because now they’ve lost whatever imaginary chance they thought they had with the King of planet Alpha65y67r7r5xxx.

    • Becky says:

      You’d think by now the nutters would give up and find another actor or celeb to get obsessed about.

      The ones still clinging onto the fake marriage and baby really are unhinged.

    • Mia4S says:

      @Spiderpig are you serious?!? These people need more therapy than has yet been invented.

      Newsflash crazy fan girls; almost all the male stars you fantasize about in “Slash” relationships are in reality having sex with women (who aren’t you) and possibly going to have babies. Your fantasies are fine, delusional behaviour is not.

      • Eve says:

        Have you ever seen a Tumblr page called “Cumberbuddy”? Anyway, you can tell me whatever you want but that girl sounded like a stalker.

        And she has fans. I actually saw one of them saying “I ship you with Benedict”.

        She (the Cumberbuddy girl) tried to play it cool and was like “nahhh”, but this is the same girl who used to send him clothes and bragged about having had a sip of champagne from the same glass he had (he handled her his glass at an event or something).

      • Mia4S says:

        @Eve, I had not seen that, and now like a car wreck I want to look.

        And yeah that story you just told screams stalker. I have to go now…and weep for humanity for a few hours.

      • Eve says:

        @ Mia4S:

        I’d love to find the post but, honestly, I don’t want to venture there anymore (I used to visit some pages for the pictures, but every now and then I’d read something crazy and clicked the hell away).

        The Cumberbuddy girl…she used to attend whatever event Cumberbatch attended (those where you can meet the celebrity). I remember clearly she went to at least 5 events in less than an year. Someone (anonymous) called her out on that, by the way.

        P.S.: The Graham Norton show featuring BC and Chris Pine. There’s a gif. showing Pine giving her a hug and Cumberbatch pointing and saying “He hugged one of my bitches!”. Upon looking at it you might think he remembered her (which would made her super special). She forgot to mention that they — both Cumberbitches and Piners — identifyed themselves as such in the beginning of the show, or before the thing started shooting, not sure.

        She had edited the video to make it look like he remembered her from past encounters.

      • Eve says:

        @ Mia4S:

        Found something:

        *I was wrong, he said “He just kissed one of my bitches”.

        Boy…did she milk that.

      • Mia4S says:

        @Eve…thank you? 😉

      • Eve says:

        You’re welcome. If I could (more like if I wasn’t so lazy) I would search for the creepiest posts.

        You thought this one was the worse? HAHAHA! Nooope.

    • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

      I find it totally crazy and I looove conspiracy theories.

      My only thing with them, mainly HIM, in the beginning was that he was sooo OTTT abut their relationship, basically portraying them as the greatest fairytale love story EVAH! and it was just soooo cringeworthy.

      What I think happened was that they were friends, casually seeing/sleeping with each other, and she got pregnant. And they’re both knocking on 40 in 5 years or less if they’re not there already, and they decided to get married and make a go of it–because that’s what people of their background do.

      I’m glad they worked it out and are happy.

      • seesittellsit says:

        @VirgiliacC – he is 40 and she’s close. I agree, they were having a fling, she got knocked up, they decided to run with it and he had to make it look good.

      • delorb says:

        I think they started dating earlier than the crazies think and after it got serious, they came out at the French Open. It’s how a lot of famous people do it (I want to say starting with Brad and Jennifer). Don’t make a public appearance until you’re serious about each other.

        I think that was also when they started planning for her dream wedding. Set for Valentines Day at a location with familiar ties to her (nothing wrong with that, IMO). And when she got pregnant (several months after the French Open), they just continued on with their plans.

        I don’t think it’s as complicated as the crazies think, or as simple as her getting knocked up from a fling and their making a go of it.

      • Meg D says:

        Me too. There was a period of months where he was sneaking off to NY constantly for weekends and no one knew why (Sophie lived in NY at the time) and lots of rumours about him having a secret brunette girlfriend.

      • Miss Melissa says:

        Exactly. The PR nonsense about it was annoying, as was the attempt at retconning the oops baby and the start date of the relationship. But yeah, she got preggers very early and they made a go of it. Good for them. Hope it works out like his parents did – they seem adorable.

    • Susannah says:

      I actually worry about Sophie. I could see one of these crazy ladies just trying to knock her off the pavement into the street. They seem so unhinged they’d think they were doing him a favor by having her miscarry. Very disturbing that the way can rationalize everything, he’s not really married to her, he’s not the father of her child, he’s going to leave her, etc. Just weird things that have no basis in reality.

  7. Margo S. says:

    Congrats to them on baby number two!

  8. OTHER RENEE says:

    They are a stunning couple. I don’t get the hate.

    • RedOnTheHead says:

      Same here. It’s puzzling to me. In the interviews I’ve seen him in, he’s polite and doesn’t bash his crazy ass lunatic fringe fans. And we know he’s aware of them. He’s polite to the interviewers and he seems to have a good sense of humor. He doesn’t run around with his bros calling themselves a P*ussy Posse (hi Leo) and acting out in public. He’s a very good actor and basically an inoffensive person, IMO. He doesn’t owe the public any information about his private life. I don’t find him attractive in the least but I do enjoy him in some of his acting roles.

      I really don’t get the Cumber hate, there are so many flaming assholes in the acting world and he isn’t one of those. If he is, I’ve missed it.

      • Lorelai says:

        @REDONTHEHEAD, ditto to everything you said. I wonder why certain actors attract these batshit crazy, conspiracy-theorist “fans?” It’s so random and bizarre. I feel sorry for him and for Sophie.

    • Carmen says:

      Me neither. They look like a very nice, content, happy couple to me. What’s the problem?

    • delorb says:

      I expected some blowback because there is always blowback from dashed dreams. But I didn’t think it would be this unhinged and trite. I also didn’t think so many non-fans would pile on and/or give credence to some of the more out-there theories. I mean, the blog owner is still pushing pregnancy as PR blitz. Really? Someone close to 40 is actually going to time their pregnancy to a film opening? Pardon my epic eye-roll.

      • Lightpurple says:

        He DID use the engagement and pregnancy as PR for his Oscar campaign.

      • delorb says:

        He didn’t DO any campaigning. He was working at the time. If memory serves, so were Bradley Cooper and Keaton. A famous actress even tried putting Bradley’s name out there because he was on stage in NYC. Benedict was busy doing Sherlock. One doesn’t campaign from a distance. You have to press the flesh and work for it. Otherwise, Anne Hathaway* wouldn’t have gotten blistered. And they certainly don’t get votes from that jaded set by getting their fiance pregnant. Jeez.

        *funny how she gets trashed while Eddie Redmayne did the same thing and got nothing.

      • Huh? says:

        Benedict campaigned HARD, as if his career depended on it. He also used his unfortunately timed pregnancy as foder for the media.

      • delorb says:


        Give examples of this HARD campaign that he waged during the filming of Sherlock. And not just a mention of the impending marriage and baby (two things that won’t get anyone an Oscar, which is why people don’t do it).

    • Meg D says:

      Honestly I think all it takes is one or two individuals with genuine mental illness/erotomania to ‘fan the flames’ and every lonely fan who ever had a crush on Sherlock is potentially susceptive to falling under their power when they’d probably never start anything like that themselves. It’s basically Cult 101, how cult leaders manage to convince plenty of perfectly ordinary people to leave their lives to follow whatever Truth the leader is pushing.

      The psychology of it is fascinating. The desire to be important, to be a leader, and to have high level insider info. The constant casting of themselves into the role of rescuing hero and their love/lust object as the helpless victim who puppet-like lacks any autonomy.

      • Angel says:

        Love this comment:)

      • Mildred Fierce says:

        I’ve always maintained that someone could do a PhD dissertation on the psychodynamics of the Cumberbatch fandom.

      • delorb says:

        Well said. When one was losing her grip on the others, she basically outed herself as being the one who made up the rumors about Sophie. She was so desperate to maintain her position at the top of that dung heap. She basically threw her lackey (who had by then surpassed her by being extra crazy), under the bus. It’s always entertaining when they turn on each other. The guppies become extra apologetic and the leaders extra mean. Sad, disgusting, but entertaining.

  9. hermia says:

    I did say that she looked pregnant back in August and was told it was all rubbish 🙂 Well, it wasn’t lol.
    Congrats, they look happy. But he’s lost it for me, whatever “it” was and not because of his wife (before someone says that). His looks have just sort of gone.

    • Spiderpig says:

      I never really got it tbh. The only thing I’ve really liked him in was Cabin Pressure.

      • hermia says:

        I think it was the Sherlock hair and his being a little bit of an original. All gone now 🙂

      • PrincessMe says:

        @SpiderPig, I loved Cabin Pressure too. I was so sad when it ended.
        I don’t understand why people lose their damn minds when celebs show that they have a life outside of their jobs (maybe the baiting articles have something to do with it). He’s working a lot, so it’s possible that she’d be pregnant while he’s promoting something.

      • Ayra. says:

        Yeah, I never got his appeal. At all.

      • Carmen says:

        Me neither. That long face and those squinty little eyes just don’t do it for me. I always called him Cucumberbatch.

    • nmoley says:

      He is turning into, or has already turned, into a ‘character actor’ , which is fine; well, unless he becomes a ‘one character actor’, if he continues with the career choices he’s having now. But rememeber, there was a time when he was about to be the next Hollywood hunk…Sad.

      • Alexis says:

        His face/voice combo makes him a natural for “character actor,” to be honest. He’s lucky to have gotten the chance to get close to being a leading man and to be able to command the salaries he does. TIm Curry never sniffed legit leading man status despite being a talented actor (and imo, much handsomer than Cumberbatch).

      • Eve says:

        Oh, I love Tim Curry! They’re going to remake “It” (and I’m fine with that because the first adaptation wasn’t good) but he’s not going to reprise his AMAZING work as Pennywise.

        *Bill Skaarsgard is playing it in the remake. Saw a picture of him in character…nowhere near as frightening as Curry’s.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Tim Curry! Way more betterer in every way!

  10. Bex says:

    Aww this is sweet news.

  11. nmoley says:

    I don’t know, it’s so funny. How come I now cringe at the idea of BC doing things that result in a baby.?..Yikes.

    • Eve says:

      I’ll solve your problem. Every time that happens, instead of BC, think about Trump doing things that result in babies.

      • Spiderpig says:

        Why would you post something like that!? *shudder*

      • Eve says:

        Morning mood.

        I’ll see myself out.

      • nmoley says:

        Ok, it is not THAT bad. I mean, Trump IS plain disgusting, and with BC – it’s more like procreating with an alien life form: more weird than disgusting…May involve petri dishes and syringes:))

      • Eve says:

        See, Spiderpig? Look at what Nmoley said above.

      • Alexis says:

        SAVAGE…and I love it.

      • GreenTurtle says:

        Bahaha! I love your sense of humor, Eve.

      • Eve says:

        @ GreenTurtle:

        Thank you! :*

        But I honestly think you guys think my comments are funny because of my Stefon’s gravatar. You look at the gravatar and have an immediate subconscious good reaction, so you’re prepared to laugh what whatever silly thing I say.

    • Bonzo says:

      That thought has been hilariously *ewww* ever since he gave that Elle Mag interview describing his, I mean, Sherlock doing the nasty. My imagination was forever altered after that.

      • Eve says:

        Uh, hi Bonzo! Coming here and ruining all my good work. Nmoley was thinking alien reproductive systems and you remind (both of us) of how “BC would have sex”, by Benedict Cumberbatch.

      • Bonzo says:

        Even aliens have violin fingers…

      • Lightpurple says:

        @Bonzo, they may have fingers but are apparently lacking ears because at no time in that “ew” Elle bit did he mention paying attention to what his partner might want. He just KNOWS, being Otter-Lizard King and all.

      • Bonzo says:

        Ha… I recall you replying to my comment on that post that he wouldn’t have noticed that you were making up your weekly grocery list while he “strumming” away!

      • Lightpurple says:

        Carrots, zucchini, bread sticks, kielbasa, food for the iguana, damn, not there again, parsnips, move to the right, cucumbers

  12. daisie-b says:

    He is wearing a dinner jacket, not a blazer.

  13. Kiki says:

    I am so happy for both Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter. I wish them all the happiness in the world and best of luck for the both of them.

  14. delorb says:

    I don’t recall him going on and on about her being pregnant the first time. They were pretty low-key. Some of his more insane fans weren’t. Perhaps that’s why people are confusing things? He says one thing, they go crazy & post a bunch of stuff which non-fans remember as all coming from him. He mentions his baby and the crazies see it as shoving his personal life in their faces. Which leads to non-fans thinking that the mention was of the couch jumping variety. Someone should write a paper on this.

    Speaking of the crazies, they are going full tilt. One has said she will remain on the case because he’s still being blackmailed into falling on Sophie with his genitals (repeatedly). Another is saying this baby isn’t his either. One is still analyzing a picture he signed. It’s not his signature on a poster of him and his wife, apparently. And yet another is claiming that Sophie owns Marvel or Disney or something.

    It’s times like these that I wish I were a fan of 1D. Now those fans are sane.

    • nmoley says:

      On the contrary, he spoke about the whole affair (Sophie and the baby) in very cold, distant terms. That was weirder than any couch-jumping:)

      • SusanneToo says:

        Maybe averse/shy about speaking about something so personal?

      • Sasha says:

        What are you trying to say exactly?
        Because it sounds very much like going on the path of – baby is not his/ fake / doesn’t exist, because according to some body language “experts” he doesn’t show enough care for the baby and the wife?

      • delorb says:

        However you perceive the emotional state behind his comments, it doesn’t mean that he pushed his wife and baby into our faces in some grand Oscar push. Just as he’s also not shilling his family just because a few people commented on how cute his baby was on set.

        A couple of mentions was all we got. But for every mention, there was a ton written about it by his detractors. Which I say again, could have possibly led to non-fans thinking he went around talking about them full stop. He didn’t. Those who were butt-hurt did.

        Same will hold true of her walking the red carpet. Most will say she just walked the red carpet. The crazies will say she’s shoving her pregnancy in their faces. Or perhaps (and my favorite), they’ll consult their birth charts or body experts and tell us what she’s thinking and feeling? LOL

      • Cee says:

        Come on. What happened here is old as time itself. Two adults dating, surprise pregnancy, decision to make a go at it and form a family. Sometimes it fails, sometimes it doesn’t. They’re clearly happy if they decided on a second child. He evidently likes and loves her.

        Because their pregnancy coincided with the awards race, his PR went crazy in trying to give them a “serious” narrative that would not read “shotgun wedding, casual dating”. That’s what it was all about.

      • Bonzo says:

        Yeah, I just remember he was hiding his “secret gf” until they realized she was pregnant and decided to get engaged. She was on all the red carpets after that… which is totally normal. Their body language and the few statements he made about her was oddly distant those first couple of months, but once they confirmed her pregnancy, they seemed to act more comfortable together in public. After they were married and had done several red carpets together, they weren’t acting so odd. At least, that was the way I perceived it.

        Is it just me or is Marvel not really blanketing the media with Strange promotion? I mean, I expect a lot more posts on him here and there’s been hardly any and the film is being released here in two weeks.

    • Eve says:

      “Speaking of the crazies, they are going full tilt. One has said she will remain on the case because he’s still being blackmailed into falling on Sophie with his genitals (repeatedly).”

      • Sixer says:

        So THAT’S why he was practising his bouncing at the Oscars!

      • Eve says:

        I am not going to picture that.

      • delorb says:

        For some reason, those people don’t seem to understand how babies are made. Genitals have to touch, sometimes repeatedly. But to hear them tell it, they aren’t even living together, let alone screwing.

    • nmoley says:

      RE: SusanneToo
      Are we going to reopen that rimram again? About how people can be averse and shy about personal matters, and still don’t look like they’ve drowned a litter of kiitens:)??

    • Meg D says:

      I love how he’s accused of both being too restrained and cold and not talking about her enough, and talking about her too much and too showily, at the same time.

      I don’t remember their relationship ever being in the public eye; certainly neither the wedding nor the baby were. But you know other celebs can do OK! photoshoots every other week and it’s fine but baby Batch being papped twice in his entire life (once from a distance) is just the biggest act of famewhoring ever.

    • nmoley says:

      RE: Sasha
      I was trying to say that he had just impregnated a woman he barely dated, got shell-shocked as any other guy would, but didn’t have the luxury of dealing with it on his own terms, because of the premiere and stuff. Hence – the walking dead look:) Was funny to observe though:)

      • Meg D says:

        They’d dated for at least 6 months and perhaps much longer before they ‘came out’ as being a couple.

      • Huh? says:

        MMOLEY hit the nail on the head!! These two barely knew each other when she got pregnant.

    • Lightpurple says:

      He was NOT low-key at the 2014 Evening Standard theater awards, making them all about him walking a red carpet with her instead of, you know, people who were actually nominated for the awards. I wouldn’t want to upstage or annoy Gillian Anderson. He behaved like a giant prat.

      • delorb says:

        What exactly did he do on the red carpet? Did he walk it or did he do something spectacular that took eyeballs from the actual nominees? And please be specific.

        Don’t bother. I checked out the footage on youtube and he basically walked the red carpet with his new fiance and got interviewed. I expected a few cartwheels.

      • Meg D says:

        Oh don’t be so ridiculous. Everyone walks these red carpets with their partners. If it wasn’t for the Cumberbitches obsessing about every tiny detail of his life no one would have ever raised an eyebrow at it. But their narrative is that his wife is a desperate famewhore, despite the fact she obviously has zero interest in being in the public eye.

      • Spiderpig says:

        One of my best friends walked the ES Awards red carpet this past Feb because her boyfriend was nominated. Neither of them are famous. Practically everyone does these things with their SO.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Oh, Delorb, the gymnastics were performed at the 2014 Oscars. The ES Theater awards were when he introduced his relationship like the greatest, most momentous match since Charles’s engagement to Diana to all you Cumberbitchs.

      • Lightpurple says:

        @Meg and Spiderpig, I know couples attend such events together routinely but he and his PR person made their attendance out to be the big event of the evening. As a result, they got more mainstream media coverage than the actual event, nominees, and winners.

        As for all the “haters,” “sceptics,” “septics” or crazies or Cumberbitches or whatever. I avoid all that completely so no, they’re not influencing my view of him.

        Also, I saw one of her works, the puppet show about Shackleton and thought it wonderful.

      • Linda says:

        That’s a PR person’s job, Lightpurple.

        If he wants to raise his profile, all that and more is part and parcel. Nothing wrong with doing it, nothing wrong with not doing it. Other actors can do it too, if they want to, and plenty do.

        Basically, acting is a cutthroat industry and not a school play.

      • lightpurple says:

        @Linda, I am well aware of what a PR person’s job is. Most draw the line at encouraging their client to interrupt interviews being conducted with others. And in this circumstance, she really overdid it.

      • delorb says:


        Did HE do it, or are you just imagining his standing there as somehow ‘shouting’? Because that seems to be the case with haters. Sophie stands there and it’s being ‘shoved’. The baby is mentioned and suddenly, ‘he’s shilling!’ Jeez.

  15. browniecakes says:

    Looking forward to Dr. Strange. And like all Marvelous things, we can look forward to him appearing as that character again.

  16. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Congrats and hope all goes well.

    Thou now that he’s on the promo trail again its all he will get asked about and talk about in the most flowery terms possible.

  17. Alexis says:

    I think she’s really pretty and I randomly like her vibe a lot. She makes me like him more; they make a lot of sense together.

  18. Cee says:

    Congratulations! The siblings are going to have so much fun being so close in age.

  19. Lindy79 says:

    She looks great! Mazel tov on the new baby.
    Surely some folks can’t still think its all fake?
    The shoehorning his personal life into his oscar campaign was painful and awkward but not a sign of anything other than someone who wasnt entirely comfortable with the PR side but did it as he REALLY wanted that oscar 😂

  20. MI6 says:

    I think they seem very happy together and this is great news. Good for them!
    Tumblr is the Seventh Circle of Hell though…

  21. Bonzo says:

    I know people say this all the time, but they really do look related in those photos.

  22. Martha Jones says:

    Congratulations, I’m happy for them. Not a fan of her myself but she looks great here.

    I’m sure that all the haters will find plenty here to entertain their conspiracy delusions for much longer, so it’s a joyous day for them too: cheer up, ladies!

    • seesittellsit says:

      Oh, they’ve already gotten started on the “fake” pregnancy #2, some are saying au revoir using the excuse that this shows what a famewhore he is, instead of admitting the truth to themselves: he wants a family and he’s making one, however awkwardly the marriage got off the ground it’s real, they are on their second kid, he’s not getting divorced because he doesn’t want to, and those BIs they send in to CDAN weekly that Enty obligingly puts up for them predicting doom, divorce, and despair . . . are just wishful thinking.

      I’m not a huge fan of Cumbers (I think he’s a very decent actor but not the next Olivier) but I must say grinning from ear to ear at the advent of Baby #2 and the rage it will cause the nut-jobs using his private life to channel their psychiatric issues.

  23. Talita says:

    They look so alike, it’s kinda disturbing.

  24. Lucy says:

    She looks amazing. Absolutely fantastic. Congrats to them!

  25. seesittellsit says:

    I must say I like her ensemble this time, all of it: the shoes, hair, gown, jewelry, all tie in nicely, very elegant. As for the PG, I don’t know why people think the actor’s wife having a second baby is so good for “PR”. Really, do they think people going to see the film care one way or the other if the guy playing Dr. S. is having a second kid?

    However, the pregnancy will be music to the cumbercrazies’ ears: they can feed off this for a long time, claiming it’s fake, she’s wearing a prosthesis, the baby is rented/illegally adopted, put up comparative photos that “prove” same for years to come, and mourn for the terrible fate of poor Mr. C. . . .

    Can’t wait.

  26. Andrea says:

    Her dress is gorgeous and she looks lovely here but I still get a weird vibe form them. I am not an obsessed fan, but I think how they got serious so quickly because of the accidental pregnancy will be a point of contention. My friend got pregnant after 2 months dating and is also pregnant with their second kid now (they will be a year apart) and she barely speaks of her fiancée. She was 35 and itching to have children when she first got pregnant. We all don’t think it will ultimately work out especially since the man has a unsavory reputation.

    • Guesto says:

      Are you sure you’re not an obsessed fan? Because ‘accidental pregnancy’, ‘point of contention’, and relating it to your friend’s situation – as if it has some kind of relevance – kind of suggests a degree of slightly unhealthy interest/investment.

    • delorb says:

      I don’t think those two scenarios are the same. First off, we don’t know when they started dating. We only know when they first appeared together publicly. Secondly, they got married, whereas your friend has not. I’m thinking that if I’m knocked up with my fiance’s 2nd baby and we’re still not married, I wouldn’t speak of him much either. But hey, that’s just me.

    • Bonzo says:

      Sounds like your friend’s second pregnancy was an accident too. Despite all of it’s joys, having kids is like setting a bomb off in the relationship. If there’s existing issues plaguing the couple, the stress of childcare will drive them apart.

      I don’t think your friend’s situation is comparable to this one. It seems that Ben & Sophie felt they had a good thing together when she got preggers and two years later, still think they’ve got a family worth growing. Good for them. I hope it works out and they can happy together.

  27. Qvöm says:

    This relation will undermine his mind more and furthermore. They don’t live together from the first time. But, her existence put a burden more and more on him. His work has already become boring routines.

  28. Timbuktu says:

    Ok, come on, I was one of those fans that speculated that theirs was an oops pregnancy, and that the beginning of their relationship was weird, and yes, I probably thought there was a good chance they weren’t going to work out because of all that (although I also thought that they were quite posh and were quite capable of staying together indefinitely even if they weren’t happy – not to say that they aren’t). But seriously, most fans have gotten over it (because they weren’t really fantasizing about marrying him to begin with, so it wasn’t about shattered dreams). Are there still a few crazies? Yes. But every time BC comes up, I read way WAY more comments about crazies than from crazies. Perhaps this narrative of everyone who doesn’t believe that they dated for a decade and planned the pregnancy and the wedding for years being an unhinged lunatic can also now be put to rest just like conspiracy theories about their relationship?

    • Spiderpig says:

      The problem is, the crazies (the fake baby brigade) still do exist and they’re just so damn loud. They literally harass (really, really serious criminal harassment) anyone and everyone who has the slightest contact with Cumberbatch or his wife. And they seek out every place online so they can spread their bile and conspiracy theories under multiple usernames. There’s a comment just above yours from some loon claiming they aren’t really together!

      • Timbuktu says:

        Well, but they aren’t loud on here, are they? At the time of my posting, that was the only comment of that sort, yet there were at least 15 preceding comments waiting for the crazies to come out of the woodwork. Are we baiting them or something?
        Perhaps I’m being a bit defensive because I feel like those dismissive comments also target me, given that I did agree with the critics of their relationship at first. I’m NOT an expert on body language, but I swear, theirs was really weird on the first few red carpets! I have NEVER followed BC before, I wasn’t on CB, I wasn’t (and still am not) on Tumblr, but after their first pictures came out, I was struck by how wooden they looked and that is when I googled them and found a Tumblr blog that speculated about their relationship.
        But I don’t think that makes me crazy! Clearly, even if they had a rough start, they worked it out, or they wouldn’t be having a second baby, so good for them! And I’m not a fan of her style at all, but I think she looks absolutely lovely here, nicely styled and glowing. So, one can side eye the beginning of their relationship without hating them or thinking that their baby is not real.
        I almost begin to wonder if bashing crazies is some kind of sublimation of BC adoration: “look at me! I am going to talk about how much I love his wife and how much I hate those who don’t because that makes me a true and chill fan who has BC’s best interest, and not own fantasies, at heart.”

      • Spiderpig says:

        I’m sorry but that all does sound a bit overinvested.

        Personally I’ve never seen anything Cumberbatch has been in apart from Cabin Pressure and Hamlet (because I know the director). But I’ve had crazy abuse both on Twitter for having worked briefly for the same theatre company Hunter did,and a bit on here for posting about working at the RSC and debunking some weird lie the crazies were spreading about our last event. And CB was Ground Zero (along with Tumblr) for the “Sophie is Satan”/fake baby brigade for the longest time, and a lot of the most vociferous Sophie-haters are still posting, albeit using more subtle and coded language and less out and out “she’s forcing him to carry a doll around.”

        If the crazies are inciting such extreme reactions in people, it’s not because those people are “nannies” (anyone using that terminology is automatically suspect imo), it’s because the crazies are just so extreme in stalking and harassing anyone who’s not drinking their kool aid.

        It’s like mocking Larries or the Twihards who think Pattinson and Stewart are secretly married with 2-3 kids. Most of the people doing the mocking are not even in those fandoms.

      • Timbuktu says:

        If “thinking favorite actor looked weird in a photo, googling him” sounds over-invested to you, I don’t know how you stand to be on the Internet. 🙂 I thought “overinvested” was twitter stalking his and her friends, showing up to every public event, paying crazy money to see him, etc. What I described, to me, sounded like “curious”.
        Again, not denying that craziness happened. But it’s not happening anymore, yet we have post after post re-telling us what “crazies” have said in the past or are saying now elsewhere.
        It’s particularly funny because seeking out Tumbler blogs of “crazies” every time major Cumberbatch news comes out, supposedly only so that they can denounce them here, is hardly the mark of a sane detached person.

      • Meg D says:

        But it IS still happening. The crazies are still stalking him and stalking and harassing anyone who meets him (bombarding anyone who tweets about so much as seeing him with dozens of abusive tweets), and they’re still infesting every forum or comments section they can find to spread their delusions and bile. They are still here on this forum. There are comments right here on this thread stating outright the marriage is fake and destroying him, that it was shotgun, that “PR” tried to lie about when they started dating when nothing’s ever been said by them on the subject, that he looked unhappy and shellshocked to be with her, that he forced the relationship down people’s throats and was famewhoring simply by attending awards dos with his fiancée, etc. etc. etc. Manof the most infamous Sophie-bashers are still posting but wording their comments more subtly now.

        Quite frankly your defence of them, coupled with all your lengthy monologues about analysing their red carpet photos for body language and ranting on and on about them not dating prior to them coming out as being together, which is clearly ludicrous, honestly it’s not coming over well.

    • Miss Melissa says:

      The crazies are nuts.

      The relationship is what it is. Oops baby, quick brush up and embellishment of both her CV and the timeline and backstory, him looking shellshocked for a little while. But they are married now and expanding their family and it seems to be working. I wish the best of luck to them.

      • Timbuktu says:

        Exactly! The beginning was weird – we probably would have never known that had it not been for the promotion of TIG, but it did happen during the promotion, and so we saw it. I really feel like those claiming that they’ve been planning it all (pregnancy and wedding) for months are even more in denial.
        But yeah, they are not the first couple to marry because of a baby, and they have better odds than many other such couples because they are from the same social circle, they are well-matched in age, and they are wealthy. Clearly, they made things work for them. Can’t say I’m “happy” for them (not sure why I should be “happy” about a baby that 2 strangers are having), but I don’t wish them ill for sure.

    • Meg D says:

      Well said. The crazies are still here they are just being more subtle.

  29. Meg D says:

    This certainly explains the 15th Sept video the skeptics have been throwing fits over for the past few weeks.

  30. Bee says:

    The reality is the most interesting thing about this guy these days is his crazy fans. Without them, this post would have 20-30 comments tops. The bulk of the fandom have moved on rapidly from this guy and what’s left is just the stans. I think this movie will struggle to make any major impact because there is just no mainstream hype for it. Even trotting out Robert Downey Jr at the premiere didn’t create any. What momentum and interest it does manage to get will be absolutely crushed by Fantastic Beasts.

    • Timbuktu says:

      Yep, it feels the actual BC news gets a few one-sentence comments, and then we quickly move on to bashing his crazies. How is that a cool and rational thing to do?

  31. Kate says:

    Sophie looks good!

  32. squeezeo'lime says:

    Tom Hiddleston must be pissing his pants in joy somewhere out there. There there buddy, your pal Benedict is here to take some of that heat.

  33. Abby_J says:

    I think they both look really good. She’s quite pretty. Yay for more Cumberbabies!

    If you missed the skit with Jimmy Kimmel and Benedict, please do yourself a favor and search for it. It was not as funny as the little skits Hiddles did as Loki with the kids, but pretty funny. I’m thinking about hiring Doctor Strange for my kids next party. 🙂

    Two weeks until the movie and we already have our tickets. Looking forward to it!

  34. Karina says:

    Best wishes and congratulations to Hunter and Cumberbatch on the new baby on the way!

  35. A Fan says:

    They look alike!

  36. A Fan says:

    They look alike!

    [*No conspiracy theory intended.*]

  37. Meg D says:

    By far the scariest comment is nuttyarcadestarfish’s comments about how Sophie’s new pregnancy ‘stunt’ is in retaliation for her, nuttyarcadestarfish’s, attempts to “come and help Ben.”

    • ls_boston says:

      Oh my word, she is a loon! I’d never heard of her or any of the accounts she’s linked to but i read through her page after seeing your post and, if it weren’t so disturbing, it would be hilarious. As it were, it is frightening in how many screws this person appears to have loose.

  38. BONZO says:

    Benny boy will be hosting SNL for the first time on Nov 5…