On Wednesday, the of parents British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, announced his engagement to actor and stage director Sophie Hunter, 36, in a tiny advertisement in The Times, that — according to the paper’s website — cost the couple £324, or about $590 CAD.
The announcement, which ran under the header “Mr BT. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter,” reads: “The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.” The ad — a tiny, one-column announcement without a photo — would have run the senior Cumberbatches £270 before taxes, and £324 after.
Cumberbatch’s engagement — and indeed, his relationship with Hunter — may come as a surprise to many. The couple kept a very low profile, emerging in public as a twosome for the first time earlier this year, when they were pictured together at the French Open. Cumberbatch is a rising star whose recent appearances in the Hollywood films Star Trek Into Darkness and August: Osage County, as well as his work on the BBC series Sherlock, have bolstered his profile in his native U.K. and abroad.
Hunter is well known in England for her work as a stage director in London, and in 2007 won the Samuel Beckett award for writing and directing her play The Terrific Electric.