We know how to get Benedict Cumberbatch to fall in love with us - but he's rumoured to have a new girlfriend!

Ladies, it’s time to ditch the lashes and bottles of fake tan!

Benedict Cumberbatch has described his ideal girlfriend as ‘a woman who knows that she doesn’t have to get all decked out to look good’.

The Sherlock heartthrob, who won Best Actor at last week’s GQ Men Of The Year Awards, also revealed that a ‘sense of humour is important’.

‘A woman who can make you feel smart with her conversation skills is also sexy. It’s like playing a tennis doubles match. You need to work well together if you are to stay partners for a long time,’ Benedict adds.

Don’t go donning the au naturel look TOO soon though – the Sherlock actor is reportedly dating theatre director Sophie Hunter, 36, who he met in 2009 after they starred alongside each other in the thriller, Burlesque Fairytale.

It was Sophie’s mum Anna who hinted at a romance between the pair. When asked about her daughter’s relationship with Benedict, she said, ‘Watch this space. You never know.’

So what do we know about this mystery woman who has dashed the dating dreams of Benedict’s loyal Cumberbitches?

Here are our top 5 Sophie Hunter facts. Just to rub some salt in the wound…

1. She’s super clever

Studying French and Italian at Oxford University automatically gives Sophie a ‘brainbox’ status. She later moved to Paris to study at a renowned school of physical theatre. Oooh-er.

2. She’s a theatre actress

Despite starring alongside Reese Witherspoon in the 2004 film, Vanity Fair, Sophie spends most of her career time touring the world with various theatre companies. She’s also directed several stage productions.

3. She has ‘posh’ hobbies.

Miss Hunter is not only a pro on the piano but she’s also a keen horse rider dah-ling.

4. She could be a potential pop star?

As well as acting and directing, Sophie is also a professional singer and has even released an album titled The Isis Project. Don’t go trying to work out the lyrics though – the whole thing is in French. Doh.

5. She’s got some tough competition

Aside from the thousands of Cumber fans who would literally give up their right arm just to date the TV actor, Sophie also has to compete with Benedict’s ex girlfriend, Olivia Poulet, who he dated for 12 years up until 2010. Just last year though Benedict admitted that he still loved Olivia ‘to bits.’ Eeeek.

‘Scuse us. We’re suddenly feeling very emotional.

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