September 14, 2014 - 13:19 BST hellomagazine.com Benedict Cumberbatch's rumoured new girlfriend is British actress Sophie Hunter Benedict Cumberbatch is believed to be dating British actress and theatre director Sophie Hunter. After pictures emerged of the Sherlock actor with a brunette companion at the French Open, the 38-year-old's legion of fans sought to identify his new love interest. Benedict and Sophie attended the French Open in June together On Saturday The Mirror confirmed that "for a number of weeks" Benedict has been seeing 36-year-old Sophie, an Oxford graduate who appeared in 2004 blockbuster Vanity Fair as well as TV shows including Midsomer Murders and Torchwood. Benedict and Sophie have known each other for some time and starred together in 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales. Sherlock star Benedict pulls out all the stops for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge When quizzed about her daughter's relationship with the 12 Years A Slave actor, Sophie's Edinburgh-based mum Anna cryptically told The Mirror: "Watch this space. You never know." Sophie, who played Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant, studied French and Italian at Oxford before undertaking a course at the Jacques Lecoq school of theatre in Paris. Benedict Cumberbatch wants to repeat his U2 photobomb prank on his own waxwork Harrow-educated Benedict, who studied drama at Manchester University, has previously been romantically linked to designer Anna James and dated The Thick of It star Olivia Poulet for 12 years.