Meet the impressive spouses of Hollywood's top leading men

Meet the impressive spouses of Hollywood's top leading men

They are Hollywood's hottest men of the moment who have left women all over the world weak at the knees.

English actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne have been taking this year's awards season by storm with their Best Actor Oscar nominations, while Irish hunk Jamie Dornan has become a walking female fantasy. Dornan plays Christian Grey in erotic film Fifty Shades Of Grey, which is showing in cinemas here.

Unfortunately for their legions of fans, the trio of big-screen It guys are also very much taken and off the market.

Just who are the lucky ladies who have captured their hearts in real life and are rubbing it in our faces by parading with their better halves on red carpets everywhere?

Sophie Hunter

Wife of Benedict Cumberbatch

SHE IS...

A 36-year-old British actress and avant-garde theatre and opera director.

SHE'S DONE...

One word: overachiever.

The Oxford graduate who studied Modern Languages attended the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre in Paris and is fluent in French.

(Cumberbatch is not too far behind where intellect is concerned. The alumnus of Harrow School studied drama at university, then trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has a master's in Classical Acting.)

Hunter's breakout film role was as Maria Osborne in the 2004 period drama Vanity Fair.

She also directs theatre productions and operas and was honoured in 2007 with the Samuel Beckett award for writing and directing her own play, The Terrific Electric.

She also sings and has released two EPs with English singer-songwriter Guy Chambers. The French-language record Isis Project was released in 2005 and the English-language Songs For A Boy came out in 2011.

The posh couple also have links to royalty.

Cumberbatch, 38, is the great-grandson of Queen Victoria's consul-general in Turkey and Lebanon and Hunter's maternal grandfather was General Sir James Michael Gow GCB, who worked with Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester in the 1950s and was an Aide-de-Camp General to Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980s.

Hunter is the reason for the collective heartache among fangirls last November when it was announced she was engaged to the Sherlock star and leading man of the Oscar-nominated The Imitation Game.

The news broke via a traditional announcement in UK's The Times, just five months after it was confirmed they were dating.

Another reason to hate her?

Last month, it was announced that she is pregnant with their first child.

HOW THEY MET

On the set of the 2009 indie thriller Burlesque Fairytales, where they shared scenes but did not play a couple.

HOW THEY TIED THE KNOT

They could not have picked a better date to celebrate their union, exchanging vows on Valentine's Day last Saturday at a private ceremony at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church at Mottistone, Isle of Wight.

If you are wondering about the significance of the location, it is believed that Hunter is related to the Nicholsons, who once owned the wedding reception venue Mottistone Manor and are now tenants of the estate. Hunter's great-great-grandfather, Mr John Seely, was apparently the first Baron Mottistone and whose family purchased the property in the 1860s.

WHAT HE HAS SAID ABOUT HER

Unfortunately, Cumberbatch is as tight-lipped about his personal life as he is about his leading lady.

But he likes it that she is not bothered by the female attention he gets.

"She's just really cool. She's proud of my work, she's proud of me, and she loves me. That's the bottom line, isn't it? That's one of the reasons it's a good fit. It could be a really difficult thing, but she's just so in command of it," he told People magazine.

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