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Benedict Cumberbatch: Some People Believe My Wife and Son Are a ‘P.R. Stunt’

10/04/2016 at 04:45 PM ET

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Of all the roles Benedict Cumberbatch has taken on, “Dad” might be his best one yet.

The actor, 40, opened up to Vanity Fair about his life as a newlywed to Sophie Hunter and new dad to his 16-month-old son Christopher “Kit” Carlton. In the November issue, Cumberbatch talks about what it’s like to have a family of his own.

“Having a baby — it’s massive,” he says. “And on a very unexpected level. Suddenly I understood my parents much more profoundly than I ever had before.”

Cumberbatch also talks about how welcoming Kit allowed him to better prepare for his role as Hamlet at London’s Barbican Centre.

“I was expecting, with Hamlet, that it might be a hindrance to be a father, because it’s all about being a son,” he says. “But it’s the opposite. You understand much more about being a son, becoming a father.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter Name Son Christopher Carlton

09/01/2015 at 09:25 AM ET

The little Cumberbaby has a name!

Since welcoming their first child on June 1, actor Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter managed to keep their 3-month-old son‘s name under wraps — until now.

PEOPLE has confirmed the name of their newborn, Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch, and it’s perhaps the most dapper moniker of them all. Carlton is a family middle name that has been passed down, shared by both the actor, his father and now the new addition.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son, the rep said shortly after the birth. We would kindly ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during these next few precious weeks.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter Welcome a Son

06/13/2015 at 11:30 AM ET

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This baby batch is fully cooked!

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is a first-time father after welcoming a son with his wife, Sophie Hunter, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son,” the rep said in a statement. “We would kindly ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during these next few precious weeks”

Two months after announcing their engagement, Cumberbatch’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE in January that the couple were starting a family together.

“I am delighted to confirm that Benedict and Sophie are expecting their first child,” his rep said at the time.

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So Sweet! Benedict Cumberbatch Smooches Pregnant Wife on the Red Carpet

02/22/2015 at 08:50 PM ET

How adorable are these newlyweds (and soon-to-be-parents)?

The Imitation Game Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, was photographed planting a sweet kiss on wife Sophie Hunter‘s cheek at the Oscars on Sunday.

“I’m not nervous at all. I’m feeling quite good,” he told PEOPLE while stopping at the bar. “I’m nervous to get a drink, actually!”

The couple was married on Valentine’s Day in Mottistone, located on the Isle of Wight in England. Although the honeymoon has “not quite yet” happened, Cumberbatch says life as a newlywed is “great.”

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Baby on the Way for Benedict Cumberbatch

01/07/2015 at 01:35 PM ET

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A Cumber-baby is on the way!

Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiancée Sophie Hunter will become parents later this year, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“I am delighted to confirm that Benedict and Sophie are expecting their first child,” his rep tells PEOPLE. “They are both over the moon.”

It is the first child for the couple, whose surprise November engagement set off a social media frenzy.

Cumberbatch — who earned best actor Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his role in The Imitation Game — and Hunter, 36, walked the red carpet together Saturday at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The theatre director and actress wore a flowy, patterned dress and the actor said his main focus was on the upcoming awards shows and filming a new season of his hit TV series, Sherlock.

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