Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter tie the knot on the Isle of Wight

Benedict Cumberbatch is officially a married man. The Sherlock star tied the knot with his pregnant fiancée Sophie Hunter on Valentine's Day.

The couple, who are set to become parents for the first time this summer, wed in a romantic ceremony the Isle of Wight.

After saying "I do" at the medieval church of St Peter & St Paul in Mottistone, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the stunning period property of Mottistone Manor for their reception.



Benedict and Sophie are officially husband and wife

According to People magazine the venue has particular significance for 36-year-old Sophie, who is said to be related to the Nicholson family who once owned the manor.

"Sophie is one of the Nicholsons, which is why they have chosen to have it here," a local source told the publication. "The Nicholson family used to own the manor until they sold it to the National Trust. It's a beautiful house."

Guests at the couple's nuptials included British actors Tom Hiddleston, Tobias Menzies and Andrew Scott – who plays Moriarty in Sherlock. It is thought that Martin Freeman acted as Benedict's best man.


The duo held their reception at Mottistone Manor

Notably absent from proceedings were Benedict's long-time friend and co-star Keira Knightley and Dame Judi Dench, whom he has known since he was very young.

While pregnant Keira was otherwise engaged at the Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Dame Judi was busy in London promoting her new film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

"I wish they'd had a better day," she told People, referring to the bad weather. "I hear it's on the Isle of Wight – well, that's lovely. I expect they're having a lovely day anyway."


Guests at the wedding included Tom Hiddleston and Andrew Scott

Benedict and Sophie's wedding comes three months after they announced their engagement and just one month after they revealed the exciting news that they are expecting their first baby together.

"I am delighted to confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child," confirmed the actor's publicist in January. "They are both over the moon."

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