Although no official announcement has yet been made, multiple sources are now claiming to know the name of Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter’s baby boy – Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch.
Carlton is a Cumberbatch family middle name shared by Benedict, his father and grandfather.
The couple announced their son’s birth rather quietly in June via a statement read by a spokesperson which said:
“Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son.”
The announcement also asked that the new parents be given privacy so they could spend precious time with their little boy.
Prior to the birth, in February, Benedict spoke of his eagerness to take a break from acting and dedicate time instead to the preparations that come with impending parenthood, saying in an interview with the Daily Mail:
“I’ve been on muddy fields and on horseback playing Richard III for the BBC and I’ve been on more flights to Los Angeles and back than I can count. All of that has been special, but I’m ready to have a couple of months to ourselves to prepare for the baby and do some nesting. It’s a real-life role, not a part.”
Since the arrival of his first child, Cumberbatch had been busy in rehearsals prior to taking to the stage at London’s Barbican Theatre last month were he has since received mixed reviews from critics for his portrayal of Hamlet, though unsurprisingly, his army of fans and especially those fortunate enough to have gotten a ticket, have been much kinder with their comments.
Benedict will also be back on TV and cinema screens in the near future thanks to a Sherlock special due to air around Christmas and his casting in the lead role of Doctor Strange.