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Benedict Cumberbatch Shares 3 Children with Sophie Hunter — They Keep Their Sons Out of the Spotlight

Esther NJeri
Feb 15, 2022
11:00 A.M.
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When he's not playing Phil Burbank on the Western psychological drama film "The Power of the Dog," Benedict Cumberbatch is playing dad to his three sons, who he shares with Sophie Hunter.


Benedict Cumberbatch was a star from the minute he entered mainstream consciousness. He rose to fame after starring as the fan-favorite on the British mystery crime drama "Sherlock."

Despite being on many TV shows and movies, the star chooses to keep his life away from the spotlight. He is a father of three boys, who he shares with theater director and playwright Sophie Hunter. Meet the Cumberbatch bunch.

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch attend "The Power Of The Dog" UK Premiere on October 11, 2021 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images



Christopher was born in June 2015 and is the first of the Cumberbatch-Hunter kids. He got the moniker "Carlton" from his paternal grandfather, but his doting parents affectionately refer to him as "Kit." 

When "Kit" was only a year old, the "Brexit: The Uncivil War" actor shared how important family was to him and that having a wife and a son at home often kept him grounded and away from the rollercoaster of fame. 

Sophie Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA Presented By GucciLos Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


 "I have a new family, and I have close friends who have known me since I first started and don't think of me like that! They're always happy to remind me who I am, which is good. I don't find it difficult to stay grounded." He said.


Cumberbatch's second child Hal Auden was born on March 3, 2017. A year before he arrived, Cumberbatch appeared on the "Live With Kelly and Ryan" show sharing how prepared they were for their second baby.

Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter attend Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Los Angeles Premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


He disclosed that they were "excited" for the news and noted how it "took a village to raise one but would take a city to raise two children." He added that he still enjoys a few red carpet events here and there.


However, he is a homely person and loves his family life in London. The couple welcomed their third child, Finn, in 2019. Like his brothers, he has been out of the spotlight since birth.

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images


They began focusing on keeping things low-key and maintaining a tight family structure. "The Current War" actor disclosed that he thought his movie "The Hamlet" would hinder his parenting because it was about him being a son.

However, he would soon realize that the more he understood the dynamics of being a son, the better of a father he became. But more than being a father, his sons have helped him understand his parents more profoundly. He said as Hollywood reports:

"For years, I assumed my parents to be one thing, but when you have children yourself, your perception of them changes, as does the things they have done over the years."


Sophie Hunter attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images


Hunter has a flair for dramatics and is an actress, playwright, and theater director. Her movies include "Midsomer Murders," "Torchwood," and "Keen Eddie."

Her directing skills have seen her bag awards such as the prestigious Samuel Beckett Award for being the writer and director behind the avant-garde play "The Terrific Electric."