Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly set to become a father for the first time.
The Sherlock star, who announced his engagement to theatre director Sophie Hunter last November, is said to be “delighted and excited” about the happy news.
According to Page Six, who broke the pregnancy news, Benedict, 38, and Sophie, 36, are now said to be planning to tie the knot sooner than they had originally planned.
“Sophie is a few months along, and both she and Benedict are very excited about it,” a source told the publication.
“They are also quietly planning to marry in early spring.”
Benedict previously revealed that his mother was keen for him to start a family.
Following the engagement news, People.com told him that his fans were waiting for news of a “Cumber-baby”.
Benedict replied: “Oh my God. Well, my mother is also waiting for Cumber-babies.”
Benedict has a busy few months coming up, as it’s award season and he’s hotly tipped for success with his film The Imitation Game.
And asked about his wedding plans, Benedict admitted the nuptials will still be at the forefront of his mind even during this hectic period.
“My main focus is going to be on that, and then [awards season] is just sort of a wonderful burst of manic crazy fresh air in the midst of it all,” he told Hellomagazine.com.
Benedict’s first stop for awards season will be at the Golden Globe awards this weekend, where he is nominated for the best actor gong.
Sophie, who has been hiding her blooming figure in billowing maxi dresses, is also expected to accompany her husband-to-be on the red carpet.