Benedict Cumberbatch thanked his ‘rock’ Sophie Hunter at BAFTA TV Awards

The BAFTA Television Awards Winners

Several years back, Benedict Cumberbatch unexpectedly won an Emmy for Sherlock. I tend to believe Bendy didn’t even think he had a chance at winning, and that’s why he didn’t even bother turning up to the Emmy Awards that year. He’s tried to rectify that oversight – he went to last year’s Emmys when he was nominated for the Patrick Melrose miniseries, and everyone thought he would be a shoo-in for the Best Actor (in a miniseries/TV movie) then. He didn’t win. But thankfully, Bendy finally won something for Patrick Melrose – a BAFTA TV Award! So, good for him.

The BAFTA TV Awards were last night and this is probably the only post I’ll do about them – Bendy took one of the big acting awards, and Jodie Comer won a BAFTA for Killing Eve. In Bendy’s speech, he thanked his wife, his “rock,” Sophie Hunter:

He shared a rare public moment of affection with Sophie Hunter on the BAFTA TV Awards red carpet. And Benedict Cumberbatch thanked his wife for being ‘his rock’ as he made an emotional speech during the ceremony on Sunday night. The actor, 42, scooped the coveted Leading Actor gong for his portrayal as Patrick Melrose in the eponymous drama miniseries, and was sure to thank his partner of 20 years.

In his sweet speech, the star gushed: ‘Oh my gosh I think I’m gonna fall over… Thank you to BAFTA fot this this, it’s even more of a gift when this material is refined by David, produced by Rachel and my best friend Adam Ackland… There is one other person in this world I have to thank and that’s my wife Sophie, you were my rock. I had to go pretty weird for this there were some things I had to do and it was very nice to come home and feel stable again.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Well… I’m happy for him, I guess. It’s been such a whirlwind with Bendy the past five years. But I guess Sophie is good for him and I’m glad he’s still winning awards for his work and going home to his “rock.” They’re super-awkward on the red carpet together though, right?

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  1. Josie says:

    It’s pretty clear at this point that Sophie had a miscarriage last fall, and late enough to have been visibly pregnant at the Emmys, so all their red carpet appearances this spring have just made me feel protective. They can pose however they want.

    • Amaryis says:

      Oh really? That’s so sad, I didn’t know that.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Oh wow. I was wondering about that. I had just assumed she’d had the baby but hadn’t heard anything. That makes me so sad for both of them.

      • maxine ducamp says:

        I assumed the same thing at first but had a nagging feeling (sadly, I personally know 2 people who miscarried at 38 and 39 weeks respectively in an otherwise unremarkable, healthy pregnancy). I started to find it odd that all recent articles specifically mention their two sons and don’t add anything about the baby, even something speculative since the third pregnancy was confirmed last fall.

    • Lightpurple says:

      I was wondering that too. There was pregnancy news but no baby news. That’s very sad.

    • Case says:

      I hope they had the baby and just kept it on the downlow. That would be terrible if they lost the baby.

      • Meganbot2000 says:

        That’s extremely sad. I know David Tennant kept the birth of one of his children out of the press until the child was a year old. A few fans spotted his wife heavily pregnant at one of his theatre shows, but apart from that the entire thing was kept super private till he randomly mentioned “my daughter just turned one” in some interview. I had hoped Ben and Sophie had been doing the same (and with the attention from the tinhats who could blame them).

        I noticed Ben did no promo for the Brexit film, and wondered if something was going on.

    • Cee says:

      Oh, that’s sad. I didn’t know about pregnancy number 3.

    • Purpeller says:

      Yes, that’s what I presume happened.

      However, I don’t know where the DM gets “partner of 20 years”. He was in a long term relationship with another actress until part of the way through Sherlock (season 1 if not 2) which is only 7 or 9 years ago.

      • Jerusha says:

        Astonishing DM got that detail wrong. They are usually so spot on.

      • Mary says:

        I don’t think the reference is to romantic partner. It’s one of the other people mentioned. A producing partner? The friend?

      • delorb says:

        They have known each other or ran in the same circles for 20 years. They were most likely acquaintances or friends during all that time.

    • Patty says:

      This is quite presumptive. Benedict, Sophie, and their team never confirmed a third pregnancy. It was gossip because some thought she looked pregnant at the Emmy’s; I didn’t think she looked pregnant personally and since pregnancy was never confirmed, I’m not going to make assumptions that she had a miscarriage.

    • Carol says:

      I’ve been so worried about that. He hasn’t done much press (if any) for Endgame. She clearly wasn’t pregnant at that premiere. I even asked about it on this site for the premiere pictures. I hope they are getting the time together that they need for their family.

    • Antonina says:

      I just remembered I walked past them in the park in January – I noticed the super pregnant lady but then recognised who it was.

  2. Caty says:

    Do psycho Cumbersquatch fans still think Sophie is an evil witch who had a fake baby? Or do people just not care that much about him anymore without Sherlock?

    • BayTampaBay says:

      IMHO with the lack of a new season Sherlock on US TV, he flying under the radar. His work the last several years seems to skew an older demographic than Sherlock. Sherlock has an appeal to a larger age range. I watched a mini-series he was in dealing with an abducted-missing child and I did not think the mini-series was all that great,; very well acted but not very entertaining.

      • Leriel says:

        He is literally a part of Marvel cinematic universe.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Leriel, LOL! LOL! I do not watch/ view the Marvel Comic Universe but my nieces and nephews do. I do not recall hearing them mention Benedict. Scarlet & Chris Hemsworth yes but not Cumberbatch.

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      Yeah, the hardcore ones still think that. Some of them have moved on to Meghan Markle now.

    • Misty says:

      I think most of those crazy “fans” of his are out there still perpetuating this bullshit on Tumblr and maybe Twitter. So twisted.

    • Anni says:

      Enty from CDAN is dedicating long Podcasts to Cumberbatch and his wife. Quite entertaining. He even is spot on about his fans. The stalkers, the apologists and the extreme conspiracists. I am astounded that Enty has such detailed knowledge of the Cumberbitches and the rumors and gossip about BC. Hasn’t general interest for him declined a lot?

      • MissyLynne says:

        Enty has info about everyone. But I feel like he has been spotty lately. Maybe bad intell?

      • Meganbot2000 says:

        That’s because for years CDAN was the go-to place for the Cumby tinhats. The two main ones used to send that site fake BIs all the time (then immediately go to their own blogs and post “oh I heard CDAN will be posting a new BI about SoFail soon”. And if CDAN didn’t post their submission immediately, we’d be in for days of increasingly antsy “come ON CDAN!! Where’s that new BI??!!!” or “I don’t understand why CDAN are sitting on the new BI, Sophie’s team must have gotten to him”). Then when the BI did get posted, they’d sockpuppet wildly in the comment section.

        So whoever is running the CDAN site got the full blunt of their craziness for years, and encouraged it for clicks.

      • Anni says:

        @Meganbot2000: Yeah this was my suspicion too about many Blinds. The CDAN site needs clicks and traffic after all. It is however interesting that Enty is dedicating hour long recordings right now in the present to ancient old blinds (the ones that he actually did write himself not the crazy submissions). You’d think other celebs would be more interesting than Cumberbatch right now, but who knows? But yeah Enty must have gone down the rabbit hole at some point during the height of all the craziness about Cumberbatch and that’s why he knows the different types of fans the actor has.

  3. Mia4s says:

    She was really excited when he won, it was quite cute actually.

    He broke the bizarre streak he had going of always winning awards when he couldn’t be at the ceremony and losing them when he was there. I mean, a win’s a win either way, but still this was a nice moment.

  4. Melissai says:

    Can we talk about Jodie Comer? She’s amazing in Killing Eve and is truly one to watch. She and Sandra Oh play difficult, complex women that you can’t stop watching. She was also great in the BBC miniseries 13.

    • Pamela says:

      Jodie Comer is great!

    • Beli says:

      She and Sandra are spectacular in Killing Eve. I’ll have to check out 13.

    • Starkiller says:

      Killing Eve is probably the best show on television right now. Jodie is a really great actress—I first saw her in Doctor Foster and she made a really unlikeable character actually somewhat sympathetic.

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      I only just started watching (after really not liking Fleabag – don’t @ me) and it’s amazing! The pace, the music, and most of all JC’s incredible performance.

  5. Beli says:

    I’d thought he’d shaved his head for a role, but that must be finished now? The really short hair doesn’t do anything for him at all.

  6. StellainNH says:

    I love the dress. Sophie always wears dresses with pockets! All dresses should have pockets!

    • Other Renee says:

      Stellainnh, I was just about to say something about her glorious pockets! She does love them! I have several pairs of pants without pockets and they are so frustrating. I’m always trying to put stuff in them when I walk my dogs only to remember there are no pockets! Which means I need to carry a small purse. 🙄

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Sophie wears a lot of Erdem and IMO is one of the few people who can really pull that designer off, she looks great in their dresses.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Really like the way she dresses for these occasions. (Also like the way Eddie Redmayne’s wife dresses, but we’re not seeing so much of them at this point.)

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      My to do list for today is literally “sew pockets into new cardigan.”

      There is literally NO reason a baggy woolly granny cardigan should not have pockets. Effing fuming.

      Women Want Pockets!!!!!!

  7. Kay Hendricks says:

    I am so glad he finally has a BAFTA, which he deserved some time ago. As far as I’m concerned (here in the U.S.) there’ still interest in him, especially when there will be more Sherlock. I will always be interested. Also, I have been wondering about the baby thing. Don’t see how the Daily Mail would miss it if they had a third one, so I have been afraid something might have happened. I hope not and will keep looking for mention of baby #3.

    • Josie says:

      They published birth announcements in the Times after the first two babies. There’s no reason for them to keep this one quiet so I think we have to assume the worst.

  8. Jade says:

    Patrick Melrose was fantastic. I’m glad he won. It was such a hard watch though. I’m still haunted by it. It’s the only thing I’ve seen him in, except in marvel movies and a Miss Marple episode.

  9. lana86 says:

    20 years?? What

  10. aquarius64 says:

    I’km glad Piers Morgan lost the BAFTAs for the Meghan hit piece starring Evil Papa Smurf from June 2018. I love the smell of karma in the morning.

  11. 2lazy4username says:

    It’s freaky how sibling-ish they look!

    • WingKingdom says:

      Really? I don’t see that at all. BC is a very unique looking man.

      • 2lazy4username says:

        yeah, it’s not a feature for feature twinning situation, but there is definitey (to me) a sibling air.

  12. A says:

    Cumbersome is from the posh upper middle-class, no? Or is he even posher than that, I can’t remember. Either way, the awkwardness wrt the PDA makes sense if that’s the case, since the whole stereotype is that they’re all supposed to be repressed and miserable and reticent on the affection at all times.

  13. Grant says:

    Jodie is sublime on Killing Eve. She absolutely commands the screen and more than holds her own in scenes with Sandra Oh. I’m shocked that Jodie didn’t get more praise for the first season, she was divine.

  14. Julia says:

    His looks are so unusual – somehow he can be totally odd looking and yet good looking at the same time.