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Benedict keeping sex of baby secret


Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres


Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

SHERLOCK star Benedict Cumberbatch fended off queries about his unborn baby in a TV interview and admitted his female fans made him "squirm" when they called themselves Cumberbitches.

The actor, tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance as codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, told US chatshow host Ellen DeGeneres that he and his partner, Sophie Hunter, did not yet know the sex of their baby.

"We're gonna have some kind of baby," he said.

Cumberbatch was questioned about his female fans and admitted: "It's like squeezing a confession out of me to say that word. I kind of just squirm about it."

He told DeGeneres he had a "problem" with the name initially, saying: "I just went, ladies, this is wonderful, I'm very flattered, but has this not set feminism back a little bit?

"Empower yourselves if you're going to get silly about a guy with maybe a little bit more of a, sort of, a high-regard thing.

"But yeah, they were all very sweet.

They wrote back and were, like, well, we didn't mean any harm, we're just having a bit of fun with your name."


Hunter (36), who has a few acting credits behind her, is best known as a theatre director. The pair met in 2009 and worked on the film Burlesque Fairytales.

Cumberbatch's sister said before that any girlfriend would need to be a "pretty smart cookie to keep up with him".

He previously dated actress Olivia Poulet for 12 years and then dated fashion designer Anna Jones.