Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch will take on his most important leading man role this weekend when he marries fiancee Sophie Hunter.
The couple, who announced their engagement in a notice in thein November, will tie the knot in a private ceremony in the south of England.
Imitation Game star Cumberbatch, 38, who is shortlisted for a best actor Oscar later this month for his role as tortured genius war hero Alan Turing, met 36-year-old Hunter when they appeared together in the 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales.
Last month it was reported that the couple are expecting their first child.
Cumberbatch, who has a global army of fans jokingly referred to as “Cumberbitches”, is enjoying a golden period in his career as one of Britain’s most popular actors. He he has been lauded for his role as codebreaker Turing, having also starred in Star Trek: Into Darkness and 12 Years a Slave after leaping into the public consciousness in the title role of the BBC’s detective series Sherlock. He previously dated the actress Olivia Poulet and the designer Anna Jones.
Hunter is an Oxford graduate who studied modern languages. She has directed a number of experimental and avant garde productions including a puppet version of Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition which toured the US.
She has taken acting roles in TV shows such as Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood and an episode of Midsomer Murders, as well as the 2004 film version of Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon.
Her stage productions as a director have also included the Britten opera The Rape of Lucretia. She has also had a music career of her own, recording a French language album with Robbie Williams’s collaborator Guy Chambers in 2005 called The Isis Project, after they met through a mutual friend.
His disappearance from the eligible bachelor lists came just a matter of weeks after fellow A-lister Hollywood star George Clooney married the lawyer Amal Alamuddin.