Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter welcome baby number two named for a

first_imgOn screen in Sherlock, where co-star Martin Freeman is left holding the baby  Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter have become parents for the second time, it has been claimed, with the arrival of a second son: Hal Auden Cumberbatch.The Mail On Sunday reported the new baby arrived on March 3 at the private Portland Hospital in London.He appears to be named after the poet, WH Auden, with Hal the name made famous by Shakespeare as a nickname for the young Henry V. Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter after announcing they were expecting their second child On screen in Sherlock, where co-star Martin Freeman is left holding the baby  A spokesman for the couple has not yet responded to a request for confirmation of their happy news.The new baby will be a younger brother to Christopher Carlton, born in 2015 and known as Kit.The couple made public the news they were expecting a second child in October, after appearing on the red carpet in Los Angeles to promote the actor’s film, Dr Strange, where fans noticed what appeared to be a baby bump under Ms Hunter’s black ball gown. A spokesman said then: “Everyone is absolutely thrilled.”The couple, who married on Valentine’s Day in 2015 and last year applied to extend their north London home.Cumberbatch has spoken regularly about his pride about becoming a father, saying: “Having a baby – it’s massive. Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch 'Doctor Strange' film premiere in October 2016 Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch ‘Doctor Strange’ film premiere in October 2016 Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter after announcing they were expecting their second child “And on a very unexpected level. Suddenly I understood my parents much more proudly than I ever had before.”He told the Graham Norton show last year: “I’ve become a father and a husband, and in the right order — just.“I might go for a (Cumber) batch of boys.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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