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Benedict Cumberbatch is officially engaged

Sophie Hunter | Getty Images

Sophie Hunter | Getty Images

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock,” “The Hobbit,” “August: Osage County”) is officially engaged to British actress and theater director Sophie Hunter.

The happy couple took to a very “old-fashioned” way of announcing the engagement: the births, deaths and marriages columns in The Times of London:

“The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katherine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.”

No wedding date has been set.

The 38-year-old Cumberbatch is being praised for his role as code-breaking genius Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game,” which opens Dec. 12 in Chicago. Turing’s work cracking German codes helped win World War II, but he was later prosecuted for homosexuality and committed suicide.

Hunter, 36, is known for directing avant-garde plays, including a puppet version of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. She studied theater in Paris and New York and has appeared as an actor in films including the 2004 adaptation of “Vanity Fair” starring Reese Witherspoon.

She and Cumberbatch appeared together in the 2009 thriller “Burlesque Fairytales.”

The couple was first photographed together in public at the French Open in June.

A photo of the marriages section of The Times newspaper features an announcement that screen star Benedict Cumberbatch has become engaged to the theatre director Sophie Hunter, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. | AP Photo, PA

The marriages section of The Times of London on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. | AP

Contributing: Associated Press