Benedict Cumberbatch on Fatherhood: ‘I Might Go for a (Cumber) Batch of Boys’

11/26/2015 at 03:30 PM ET

Benedict Cumberbatch is loving being a dad to 5-month-old son Christopher Carlton.

“I’ve become a father and a husband, and in the right order — just,” the Sherlock star joked to host Graham Norton on his BBC show. “I might go for a (Cumber) batch of boys!”

Cumberbatch, 39, and wife Sophie Hunter welcomed their son in June, following the couple’s February wedding in their native England.

Benedict Cumberbatch Graham Norton Show
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“It’s everything. I have a new life form that needs his father’s help in the world and his mother needs a little help once in a while,” the actor continued.

“It’s what being a parent is about so it’s not an excuse to get away from what I am doing — it’s what I ought to be doing. After three and half hours of Hamlet, I think that’s okay.”

While his Shakespeare play closed in October, Cumberbatch will surely be balancing fatherhood and his acting career as the fourth season of Sherlock begins production in the spring.

Cumberbatch joins Victor Frankenstein costars Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy all on one sofa for The Graham Norton Show, airing Friday.

— Karen Mizoguchi

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Linda on

Neither Benedict or Sophie confirmed that their son’s name is Christopher.

Katie on

Linda, if they had him christened, his name was likely announced whether they have “confirmed” it or not. I find them to be an interesting couple, private without being obnoxious like some couples. Can’t wait until Sherlock is back!!

Kestrel on

Actually, his name is Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch and yes, his name is everywhere. If the Times, Vanity Fair and the Daily Mail say it’s true then I guess he’s a Christopher.
I think it’s a wonderful name. Love, love, love him!

Megan on

Is anyone is else annoyed that The Graham Norton Show stopped airing new episodes on BBC America? The lineup on the couch mentioned in this article promises an amazing show, but we don’t get new episodes any longer…

Angela on

Love The Graham Norton Show! It’s a good show.

Teri on

Um, not the right order. She got knocked up, and he married her several months later.

Kat on

Congratulations on his new addition.

Kitty on

Not one mention of his present filming of the lead role in Marvel’s newest, Doctor Strange? How strange…
And I think he meant he became a father in the right order, ‘just’, in the social sense, not biological.