Cumberbatch previously dated actress and screenwriter Olivia Poulet for more than 10 years; the couple amicably broke up a few years ago. In the interim, Cumberbatch was romantically linked to fashion designer Anna Jones and actress Charlotte Asprey.
In 2012, Cumberbatch’s sister, Tracy Peacock-Tabernacle, commented on his love life. “You have to be a pretty smart cookie to keep up with him,” she said. “I think that is possibly why he has trouble with girlfriends.”
Cumberbatch and Hunter have known each other for some time and starred together in the 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales. Cumberbatch, 38, is perhaps best known for his title role in the BBC’s Sherlock series. He also appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Hunter, 36, is an Oxford graduate, actress, and theater director.
Hunter and Cumberbatch made their first public appearance as an engaged couple on Nov. 17 at the New York City premiere of The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch’s latest film. It was here that we were able to get the first glimpses of Hunter’s engagement ring.
Her engagement ring appears to be a classic square shaped diamond halo setting in most likely platinum or 18-karat white gold with pave set diamonds. At this distance, it’s a bit hard to get a good enough look to say much else with certainty, but there have been speculations that it features a cushion cut diamond and is possibly worth £300,000.
Cumberbatch has said in 2013 interviews that he would love to have children one day, adding, “Everyone wants to know when I’m going to settle down and who is going to be Mrs. Cumberbatch.” Happily, this question has been answered.
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