Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter step out for a ‘Letters Live’ event


Here are some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch and his loyal and faithful wife Sophie Hunter. They were out last night in London for a special Letters Live event sponsored by Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2016 issue. I believe Benedict was there because he’s a long-time supporter of the Letters Live events, not because he’s being named one of the incredible women of the year. Interestingly enough, Sophie read/performed as well.

I’m a little bit surprised with how Benedict’s Doctor Strange hustle seemed to end right on time. There wasn’t a lot of uncomfortable lingering, like there was for Benedict’s Oscar campaign a few years ago. I think it felt different this year because Marvel was running the show and Marvel has this down to a science at this point – they know just how to turn out their stars without making everybody sick. And the result is that Doctor Strange is the most successful “introduction/origin” film for a Marvel superhero, and in three weeks, Strange has already exceeded $600 million in the worldwide box office. So while we might criticize Bendy, he’s doing something right.

Also: Benedict donated a coat to Burlington’s Coat Drive (which donates winter coats to people in need, obviously).

Photos courtesy of Getty, WENN.

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  1. freebunny says:

    Long-time supporter of the Letters Live?
    Sunny March owns Letters Live.
    He goes to a show his own production company organises, it’s the least he can do.

  2. Becky says:

    So Dr Strange wasn’t a flop as some hoped then.

  3. MI6 says:

    He loves her. Why is that so hard for some people to believe? I don’t understand the cynicism surrounding this couple. And I don’t think I want to.

    • Becky says:

      I think it was a combination of the timing of when they got together and a segment of his er, enthusiastic fanbase (i.e. bats*** crazy).

    • Timbuktu says:

      Oh, here we go again. Absolutely no negative comments about them as a couple, but then a “sane” fan has to pipe in and point out how sane they are as opposed to all those crazies out there. Perhaps wait until someone actually objects to their coupledom to defend them next time?

    • Felice. says:

      No one is saying anything about them in this section. Why on the defense so early?

    • Caro says:

      It is ludicrous all this she trapped him rubbish – they’ve known each other for years and didn’t go public till they had to. The fact that they are having another baby is proof that they’re happy.

  4. burnsie says:

    Her hair looks aaaaawful

    • Mel M says:

      Yep, that’s all I got too. She needs to change it up bad.

    • Chaine says:

      Aww give her a break here! She’s mom of a toddler with another one on the way. She’s allowed to have mom hair. It’s not that bad.

      • Cate says:

        Erm, she’s not your average, down the road mom, she/her husband can afford all of the hairstylists, so there’s no excuse. And rest assure, the nanny can take care of the baby when she’s off for an appointment. She just never had ‘great’ hair, it looks better when it’s in some kind of updo tbh.

      • Joanie says:

        @Chaine, she’s had that hairstyle for at least 10 years. She didn’t let it go because she’s a mom.

    • DrunkNachos says:

      She’s always had that boring mumsy do. She would look spectacular with shorter hair actually. She has a long graceful neck and pretty features; both would be set off nicely if she chopped off about 5 inches. It would also be easier to maintain with 2 kids.

    • ViXi says:

      Agreed! I think a perm would suit her face nicely.

  5. Nancy says:

    After seeing Dr. Strange and being totally shocked by its star, I will never ridicule this man or his name again.

    • ViXi says:

      lol – you keep repeating that in almost every thread. did anyone here actually watch it? I’m soo over Marvel!

  6. bread says:

    I wonder how actors and performers feel when they see someone like Sophie Hunter get gigs and exposure like this just because of who she married.

    • Becky says:

      The same could be said for a lot of wives of famous men,e.g. Melania Trump, and visa versa.

      • Timbuktu says:

        it doesn’t make it any more palatable for all the hard-working talented people desperate for a break.

    • tcbc says:

      90% of getting the job in any field is who you know.

    • lightpurple says:

      There is a lot of nepotism in the entertainment industry.

    • Cee says:

      She basically only does Letters Live! and some other co-productions with one other guy, and they are so “avant garde” very few people actually see their “art”. She’s very niche specific and it seems to work well for them.

      Nepotism would be casting her in Sherlock or in other projects as she is a terrible actress.

      • Caro says:

        tbf Amanda Abbington has benefitted more from nepotism

      • Cee says:

        Amanda was already an established actress, though not as famous as her partner is. There is no comparison between Amanda’s and Sophie’s careers.

      • Spiderpig says:

        Moffat is the worst for nepotism. I avoid him whenever we’re at the same event because I don’t want to be a hypocrite, because I really don’t like how he does things.

        Amanda has always been lovely to me, and she’s talented, but I hate the nepotism on Sherlock.

    • jodycobb says:

      The older brother of my host mother produces opera in London. According to him nobody of the British opera industry knows her.
      And yes, he said sniggering “it’s a typical British nepotism. She got pregnant suddenly during dating with famous actor”.

      • Cee says:

        The Opera Director title is laughable. She is not. That’s the kind of thing that rubs some people the wrong way, including me.

      • Caro says:

        Presumably the brother hasn’t heard of Andrew Staples then!

      • Meg D says:

        Yeah, right, by sheer coincidence one of the many CB commenters who never post here outside of Cumberbatch threads, but who all descent at the exact same time, every single time Sophie Hunter is mentioned, just happens to have a host brother who is “an opera director” in “London” (ignoring that the quoted sentence was clearly constructed by an ESL speaker) and this “London opera director” brother not only closely follows obscure gossip about the love lives of actors, but also spouts – unsolicited – the exact same theories the sceptics invented?

        Funny how the same tactics are used again and again and again. I took one look at Tumblr after the new pics came out and lost track of all the posts going, “I showed the new pics to my husband/co-worker/sister/random stranger on the street, and they happen to be a world expert on body language/pregnancy/public relations/couples therapy, and they laughed and said “no way is that woman really pregnant and they obviously hate each other and btw I heard Sophie Hunter drowns puppies for fun and kidnapped the Lindberg baby.”

      • Tina says:

        I have no knowledge of whether OP is telling the truth or not, but we have many foreign opera directors in London. It’s an international business.

      • Aficio says:

        Caro, Who knows one of the Andrew’s minion ?

      • delorb says:

        @Meg D.

        I remember all the OB/GYNs who were at their disposal during the first pregnancy. Everyone had an expert who would chime in at just the right moment. And they ALL said the same thing. Fake baby! LOL. It’s sad that they’re trotting out the same schtick. You’d think they’d come up with something new.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Eh, she could have gotten the gig without him, she is very connected, if I’m not mistaken.

      I used to feel angry, but now, I’m justfeelin apathy. Connections trump talent and hard work. Sadly, that’s the way the world works.

      • freebunny says:

        I would say she’s connected, not very connected.
        It’s hard to know how she really is seen in her little milieu.

      • Cee says:

        They only take you so far, Locke. But it does get you through the door.

      • delorb says:

        @Locke, why would you feel anything? It’s not your marriage.

      • lightpurple says:

        @delorb, I believe she was talking about how she feels about people getting work through connections in general, not about Sophie Hunter in particular and she was not talking about the marriage.

      • delorb says:


        Thank you. I always find it strange to be that interested in a famous person’s life. I mean, there is interested and then there is interested.

    • Meg D says:

      She did a lot more acting and directing work before they got together, actually. She didn’t do anything especially successful or good (and she’s not a strong actress, from the little I’ve seen), but she did regular work as a non-famous jobbing actor. Regular TV guest spots, that level of career. By contrast she seems to have mostly quit the industry since marrying and having kids.

  7. Digital Unicorn (aKa Betti) says:

    I actually prefer Sophie over Bendy. I like her and think she has an interesting style. I don’t know wether she’s a fameho as people claim she is, thou I knew someone who went to Uni with her and said that while she was a bit up herself she was nice enough.

    • Cee says:

      Oxford studen being a bit up herself? No kidding lol

      She is harmless and I don’t get the hate either. I think he is worse than her, or at least his PR gives off that impression.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        I have no feelings either way on her, my issue is with the “polish and shine ” she was given by his pr team to make her seem worthy of him when they started being public together, all the articles talking up her achievements (or just inventing some) when he could have just released a simple “yeah we are together and she makes me so happy” statement. It just feels ick.

      • Cee says:

        @Zapp – I agree with you. I also have an issue with that as it rests at HIS feet, not hers. She wasn’t good enough, as if he were the most perfect man of them all, and she had to be propped up by his PR to be worthy of him, Our Otter Lord. She is mediocre at worst and “different/avant garde” at best, her career never took off but she did work kind of steadily in whichever project would have her as a consultant or co-director or whatever. There is nothing wrong with her career, it is better than what most people have in their respective fields.

        The way he handled it was pathetic. He still can’t talk about his wife and son with any degree of normalcy. Either he is emotionally stunted or an arse.

        Also – he pimped them out for an Oscar. His engagement, wedding and honeymoon were sold out to rags. The Sun had most exclusives. His honeymoon was a sponsorship. He shouts about privacy but signs off on photos of his child for the Fail while others hadalways been pixelated to protect his identity. He uses his family to position himself at key times. There is nothing wrong with this IN MY VIEW but he looks like a sanctimonious hypocrite.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        @Cee agree with all that, he was the one with the high public profile and a media team but she is the one that takes all the flak for being fame hungry, I think he may be emotionally stunted, spoiled and a great, big hairy arse to boot.

      • Caro says:

        He married an intelligent woman who he is proud of – why shouldn’t he big her up – as if you’d get an Oscar for getting married! He didn’t sell pictures to anyone what are you talking about??? He talks lovingly about his young family which he’s always wanted. His sense of fun and optimism seem to bypass so many haters

      • Cee says:

        Oh, here we go… They’re here!

      • Spiderpig says:

        Neither his wedding or honeymoon were ever even in the papers at all (apart from a couple of blurry pap shots of people arriving, and one pic someone tweeted of the order or service) much less “sold to the press.”

        Sold to the press is a spread in Hello or OK! with ten pages inside the actual wedding itself.

        But the “skeptics” insist every single tandom Twitter sighting that about ten people see (and only because they obsessively search for them) is fake and orchestrated by “PR” so it’s hardly a surprise they’re shilling this nonsense.

      • Meg D says:

        That’s the “post-truth era” for you.

      • SimpsonFan says:

        Long time lurker and had to log on to ask this. Spiderpig…you know Moffat and the Sherlock cast? How cool is that? So do you actually know Ben and Sophie in real life? Are they as awesome as they seem to be?
        People just seem jealous of Sophie. Ben chose her and LOVES her and people have to get over it! She seems very nice and I dislike the fact that she gets crapped on because she married everyone’s crush.

      • delorb says:


        Doesn’t everyone polish and shine their resume? IMO, because she married Benedict, there will always be a certain group of people who will hate on her. She could save 100 kids single-handedly and someone would complain that she only did it for publicity. The only way it’ll stop is if they divorce or one of them dies. Today, some hater is saying that she read that particular letter because she plans on killing Benedict. Not kidding.

      • Spiderpig says:

        Sadly no, I don’t really know them, only Andrew a bit. The rest only to say hello to at parties and press nights and stuff. I work entirely in theatre (was at the RSC for a few years, and have done quite a bit at the Royal Court). Andrew and Amanda have relationships with the Court, and Moffat came to see Matt Smith in a play here earlier this year (and spent the entire night skulking in a corner not talking to anyone).

        I met Andrew through this arts charity called IdeasTap after Sherlock first started, then he was in one of my oldest friend’s play.

  8. Harriett says:

    I saw her old picture and noticed she got a nose job. 😛

  9. eggyweggs says:

    *A* coat, singular? Well, that was big of him.

    • Mac says:

      He’s a saint. Took it right off his bodyguard and gave it straight away to the cause without a second thought.

  10. TotallyBiased says:

    Doctor Strange was fine, though if you took away the Inception special effects and a few key scenes there’d be no film left. Head Otter was very well cast, Chiwetal Ejiofor wasted.
    Couldn’t fail the Bechdel test harder if it had tried.
    This PR swing about how it’s such a hit is curious, especially as it is doing fine if not actually spectacular.
    Its opening weekend was nearly two million less than the last Thor movie, which was ruled a disappointment AND was three years ago. The character-intro movies that Doctor Strange is now the number one of? With the exception of Antman, those films were all made over five years ago, all made prior to the Avengers (which is when Marvel truly grabbed control of the Superhero genre), and all made prior to Marvel’s well-thought out negotiations with the men in charge of access to China’s massively expanding box office.
    So it isn’t a meaningful comparison, except to say it kicked Antman’s butt. Wow.
    Personally, I can’t wait for Black Panther, and want that to be a stunning hit.

    • Cee says:

      I really liked Antman. I might not watch this one because I’m getting superhero fatigue. I actually did not see Captain America 3…

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Oh I enjoyed Antman as well! More, I suspect, than I would have enjoyed Dr Strange if we hadn’t seen it in IMAX 3D.

    • Anne says:

      It had really low expectations. Second-shelf single character, unlike IM, Thor and CA, and considered one of the weirder series. It’s budget was above Ant-man’s but less than Guardians and the second Thor, which illustrates what they thought it could make. Even the Marvel comic crowd thought it would max out at around $500-550 million, which is what I had pinned at, but it will probably come in the $625-650 million range (doesn’t open in Japan until January).

  11. seesittellsit says:

    Looks like she cut and shaped the hair – looks better, nice dress. Have the crazies arrived yet to comment on the fake pillow under the dress?

  12. Pushkar says:

    Happen to walk past their new house today, sill got boards up on the lower level but lots a work going on inside, painting in the top floors from what I could see and nice new lights. I like them as a couple, he comes over needy though and unsure of himself and she just cannot win whatever she does.

    • Meg D says:

      How on earth do you know their home address?? Especially if they haven’t even moved in yet.

      • spidey says:

        Not difficult

      • Pushkar says:

        It’s ok, I am not a stalker, it’s common knowledge which road it’s on as his neighbour is Ed Miliband and people know which road he lives on after some controversy about the size of his house. He was actually coming out of his house when we were walking down. The road is not big and there is only one house having work done which is the same as the one pictured in papers about BC’s boiler situation. It’s also common knowledge in the area apparently I have been told. Also you can see in on Zoopla because houses aren’t sold often down that road and the pictures do match. It used to belong to Judy Walker until she died. I wasn’t walking down on purpose, was walking back from my new job, to the station, a short cut.

      • Meg D says:

        That is true. David Tennant lives on my road and everyone local knew which was his house, but it wasn’t a public thing. Then they wanted to add a fourth floor and were denied planning permission and it got blown up into this huge thing in the tabloids, and now every fan who cares to knows his address.

  13. Mac says:

    Please stop posting these quarreling sibling pictures. Every time they do a red carpet it looks like an advert for inbreeding; making it work with one’s moody older sister. We get it. They’re madly in love, but it’s complicated. They better watch out though, heterochromia is already a sign of inbreeding.

  14. Bella says:

    They look so much alike it’s scary. Maybe if they dig back far enough they’ll learn they’re related.

  15. sara says:

    they look brothers!

  16. V.L.719 says:

    Wow! Over $600 mill? Good for BC!

    My girlfriends and I had a get together to see the movie and they enjoyed it. They still believe in my prediction so we’ll see what the future will hold.