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benedictcumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch, the star of Sherlock Holmes, married his partner Sophie Hunter on the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Saturday).

In the rural setting of Mottistone in the West Wight, Cumberbatch, 38 made his vows to Hunter, 36 at St Peter & St Paul Church before being driven the very short distance across the road for a grand reception at Mottistone Manor, which was privately hired for the celebrity event.

With the world’s media waiting nearby, the celebrity couple arrived at just before 15:30. Guests arrived in luxury cars, although no A-list stars were spotted.

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Despite their best efforts to keep the ceremony a secret, the cat was let out of the bag last week when marquees were erected in the grounds of the National Trust-owned manor. An advertised road closure added to speculation over the location of the event.

mottistonechurchThe couple, who announced their engagement in November last year, held a pre-wedding party with close family and friends at The George in Yarmouth on Friday evening. The award-winning actor stayed at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes last night, a prestigious club where it’s understood staff were selected from to wait-on at the wedding reception.

The television and film star is believed to have been planning the big day for weeks, having been spotted in Yarmouth in both November and January. Although it’s is unclear why they chose the Isle of Wight as their wedding location, it is suggested Ms Hunter – now Mrs Cumberbatch – has relations in the area.

Reporters, photographers and paparazzi have been kept away from the grounds of Mottistone with a heavy security presence. It is believed sniffer dogs were sent to search surrounding fields for fans and journalists hoping to get a glimpse of the happy couple.

Island Echo has respected direct requests from Benedict Cumberbatch’s security teams to publish this information post-event.

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