Benedict Cumberbatch's fiancee Sophie sparks baby rumours as she appears to show off a 'bump' on the red carpet

He announced his engagement in The Times, after he asked her mother’s permission to propose – so surely Benedict Cumberbatch is too traditional to have a baby out of wedlock?

But Benedict and fiancee Sophie Hunter sparked baby rumours when they attended the Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday – and she appeared to show off a small bump on the red carpet.

Oxford grad Sophie, a 36-year-old theatre director and actress, wore a long, loose fitting multi-coloured dress and strategically held a clutch bag in front of her rounded tummy as they posed for snaps on the red carpet.

Dishy Benedict, 38, picked up the Best Ensemble Performance award with his co-stars for The Imitation Game at the event, and when the pair were snapped jetting out of LAX airport in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon Sophie stayed well wrapped up in a chic grey coat so we couldn’t see her belly!

Benedict has never made any secret of how broody he is. Two years ago, before he started dating Sophie, he said: ‘I’ve been broody since I was 12, but I can’t just get anyone pregnant, it has got to be the right person.’

Well he certainly appears to have met the right person. The star recently gushed about how happy he is.

‘It’s an amazing thing to find somebody you love,’ Benedict said.

‘It’s amazing to find somebody you love at all, let alone somebody who loves you back in the same way and to the same degree.

‘And if that is amazing, well, considering how busy both Sophie and I are, it’s a minor miracle that we met each other at all in the way we did.’

He added:‘To have Sophie in my life is something I am incredibly grateful for and very excited about,’ he says.

‘It’s a bit of a golden moment for me right now and I am loving it. I think I’ll be having a very private wedding.’

The couple have been making affectionate joint public appearances ever since they announced their engagement two months ago.

Back in November Ben shattered the hopes of women the world over by announcing he is officially off the market.

A small notice in the Forthcoming Marriages section of The Times announced he was engaged to Sophie with the announcement reading: ‘Mr B.T. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter: The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.’

It was also reported that the actor flew to Edinburgh to ask Miss Hunter‘s mother’s permission for her daughter’s hand in marriage before he proposed. What a gent.

As for their wedding plans though, Benedict says they are currently on the back burner.

Asked about his nuptials at the weekend’s awards, the actor said ‘one thing at a time’ before explaining: ‘I’m playing Sherlock now – just about to start – so my main focus is going to be on that.’

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