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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to tie the knot

By Anthony Barnes

Screen star Benedict Cumberbatch is going to shatter the hopes of female fans around the world after announcing he is to marry.

The Sherlock star, who has a global army of fans jokingly referred to as "Cumberbitches", has become engaged to theatre director Sophie Hunter.

An announcement about the couple's news was made public in a small notice in The Times newspaper just weeks after fellow actor George Clooney's wedding in Italy.

Cumberbatch (38) is enjoying a golden period in his career as one of Britain's most popular actors and he has been lauded for his role as wartime codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, with suggestions he could make it onto the Oscars' shortlist for the role.

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