British actor Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter have become parents.
The news caps a fine week for the British actor, 38, who was named a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the performing arts and charity.
A spokesman for the couple, who wed earlier this year, said: “Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son.
“We would kindly ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during these next few precious weeks.”
Cumberbatch, perhaps best known in Australia for portraying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013 film The Fifth Estate, missed out on the best actor Oscar this year for his role as tortured code-breaking genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
But it is his role as Sherlock in the BBC’s updated take on the classic crime stories that has made him a star around the world.
Cumberbatch and Hunter announced their engagement in a notice in The Times newspaper in November last year and they tied the knot in a private ceremony three months later.
The star and his theatre director wife met when they appeared together in the 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales.